Taught course

International Human Rights

University of Sunderland · Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism

Entry requirements

Although we welcome applications from holders of a degree in law (or equivalent), we also invite applications from people who do not have a law degree but other relevant backgrounds. Non-standard applicants may be admitted at the discretion of the Programme Leader, usually following an interview.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

Are you looking for a thorough knowledge of human rights in order to support your career plans? This specialist postgraduate degree is particularly relevant for those who are looking for higher-level roles within the legal profession, human rights organisations or international campaigning groups.

Our Master of Laws will add to your credentials in an area in which you already practise or are proposing to work. The Law Department at Sunderland is well-respected and was rated as best in the UK for teaching excellence, according to The Sunday Times University Guide 2012.

You will undertake two core modules: ‘Criminal Law: Theory and Doctrine’ and ‘Law, Society and the State’. You will also choose a further two options that match your particular career ambitions and intellectual interests. The options include ‘Human Rights and the Family’ and ‘Evidence and the Right to a Fair Trial’.

Your Masters dissertation is an opportunity to develop rigorous research skills and to explore a topic that you negotiate with your tutors. We provide expert supervision, drawing on the latest research.

Our teaching methods include weekly three-hour workshops. You will be expected to prepare thoroughly, respond to new ideas and contribute to vibrant and thought-provoking sessions.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment120

Course contact details

Faculty of Business and Law
0191 515 2329