Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in law or a relevant subject (such as international relations, political science, history, criminology, criminal justice or sociology) but applicants from other backgrounds may be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Many believe that international human rights law is one of our greatest moral achievements. But with serious abuses of human rights not reducing significantly and human rights playing an increasingly important role in major issues of public policy, there has never been a better time to study this area of the law.

This LLM addresses the theory, history and development of international human rights law by studying its interconnection with international, regional, European (European Union and European Convention on Human Rights) and national sytems of human rights protection.

You study legal texts such as treaties, conventions and case law, as well as the institutions in place to protect human rights, with a particular focus on the courts. You examine the legal context behind contemporary topics at the heart of current public debate, including the formation of group rights, minority and indigenous peoples’ rights, human rights advocacy and global governance through NGOs and non-State actors, women’s rights and the rights of the child, including protection against victims of human trafficking.

Human rights law is a growing area of research at Sussex Law School, and is one of the thematic priorities of the Centre for Responsibilities, Rights and the Law. With a large number of staff whose primary research interest lies in this area, you can be sure that you will be exposed to the most important developments in the field.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: Masters Scholarships

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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