Taught course

LLM International Human Rights Law and Practice

University of York · York Law School

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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

The key paradox of international human rights law is that the proliferation of treaties and adjudicative bodies of the past decades has not significantly diminished serious human rights violations and abuses in every state. As a consequence, standard setting and implementation, international treaties and domestic law, states and non-state actors have become central focuses of human rights activists and scholars.

The LLM in International Human Rights Law and Practice engages students in a critical, nuanced and interdisciplinary examination of this paradox and the multiple focuses of today’s human rights law and practice, while providing you with the practical socio-legal skills necessary to apply global norms at the local level.

*All students on this programme must take part in a two week placement, in either York or Malaysia. Students must fund their travel and accommodation if choosing a placement in Malaysia. Fees are approximately £1,500.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £8,040, Part time: £4,020
International students
Full time: £18,240, Part time: £9,120

Please see the PGT fees and funding pages: https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/

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


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100
Professional practice20
Dissertation60 (12,000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 325818