Taught course

LLM International Human Rights Law and Practice

University of York · York Law School

Entry requirements

A 2:1 degree or equivalent is required. We will also consider a 2:2 with at least three year's relevant work experience.

Some academic study or practical experience of law is desirable, but not required.

Months of entry


Course content

Human rights abuses still occur, despite growing numbers of international treaties and organisations dedicated to their eradication. The LLM in International Human Rights Law and Practice engages you in a critical, nuanced and interdisciplinary examination of this paradox.

You'll learn about issues central to the work of human rights scholars and practitioners including states and non-state actors as perpetrators and duty-bearers; standard-setting versus implementation; and the interaction between law, policy and advocacy at local, regional and global levels. Whether you are a mid-career professional or recent graduate, our LLM enables you to acquire the substantive knowledge, versatile skills and valuable networks necessary to work in the human rights field.

The LLM International Human Rights Law and Practice is distinctive because you will:

  • work on real human rights issues in partnership with international and local NGOs, UN mechanisms or governmental bodies;
  • undertake fieldwork and acquire valuable socio-legal skills;
  • learn from the experiences of human rights defenders based at the Centre for Applied Human Rights and from the interactions with an international student body;
  • benefit from the interdisciplinary expertise of staff at the Centre for Applied Human Rights and York Law School whose research informs teaching and shapes international policy.

Information for international students

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

IELTS 7.0, minimum 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in all other components.

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please see the fees and funding pages.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0)1904 325737