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Law - Human Rights Law

Overview
The protection of human rights at the international level is a relatively new branch of law. Since World War Two there has been a huge growth in the number and variety of human rights standards set out in international treaties and in other so-called 'soft law' documents. These standards are not always fully implemented and the international mechanisms for trying to get them implemented are defective.

This LLM provides students with an opportunity to gain an in-depth appreciation of what has gone right or wrong and to suggest ways in which human rights could be protected more effectively so that human beings everywhere can realise their full potential.

The School has more than 25 years' experience in delivering an LLM in Human Rights Law and has constantly reviewed and revised what it offers as part of this degree, changing content to reflect the human rights issues that are currently most prominent.

The focus is on international human rights law (including at regional levels in Europe, Africa and the Americas) with a concentration on the practice of human rights, especially in the contexts of discrimination, armed conflicts, terrorism and migration. The School's joint expertise is harnessed so as to provide a vibrant and relevant course which will stimulate the hearts as well as the minds of students who are taking it.

Why Queen's?
Research-led Teaching
Human rights research and teaching has been carried out under the auspices of the Human Rights Centre at Queen's since 1990. The Centre has strong links with civil society organisations, statutory human rights bodies and international human rights institutions and networks, and organises a speaker series and a number of conferences annually.

It participates in the Utrecht Network of Human Rights Centres and the Venice-based Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation and also has links with universities worldwide. The Centre co-ordinates field visits to institutions dedicated to human rights issues in Belfast, eg NI Human Rights Commission and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. During the summer, the Centre organises a field trip to human rights institutions abroad, eg the European Court of Human Rights and the UN (Geneva).

Placement/internships
The Centre has strong contacts with local NGOs and other human rights institutions and can assist students with internship/voluntary work.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Law, Social Sciences, Humanities or a cognate discipline (eg Archaeology, BA Liberal Arts etc). Exemption from these requirements may be considered for those applicants who hold a Masters degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) OR for those applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) along with a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.

Admission under the Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) may be considered for this course. Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for the University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and information on application procedures.

Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL)
Admission to the programme(s) under Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) is permissible in the following circumstances:
• A lower level of performance in an Honours degree, in combination with suitable experience acceptable
• Applications will be considered on the basis of significant experiential learning in combination with a sub-Honours degree level qualification
• Applications will be considered on the basis of significant experiential learning alone

International Qualifications
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

Additional Information for International Students
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their studies. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.
*taken within the last 2 years

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

For additional information, please visit our website.
• English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level.
• Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Duration

1 year, full-time or 2 years, part-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Graduates have found jobs in the UN, the EU and the Council of Europe, as well as statutory bodies and a wide range of international and national NGOs. Others have found the LLM to constitute an extremely valuable addition to their work as legal professionals. Furthermore, this Masters provides an excellent base for further study towards a research degree such as a PhD, which in turn may lead on to an academic career.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Professor Brice Dickson, Programme Director
School of Law
Tel: 028 9097 5122
Email: pglawenquiries@qub.ac.uk
WWW: http://www.law.qub.ac.uk

Subjects taught

The programme is delivered through a series of taught modules and culminates in the submission of a dissertation on an original topic.

Compulsory modules
• Human Rights in Practice
• International Human Rights Law
• Dissertation (15,000-20,000 words)

Optional modules
• Equality and Discrimination
• Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Times of Conflict
• Justice in Transition
• Migration and Human Rights
• Protecting Human Rights in Europe, Africa and the Americas

Methodology mini-modules
• Approaches to Legal Research
• Conceptions of Human Rights
• Human Rights Research Methods
• Making Knowledge work

Comment

Special Features
Human rights research and teaching has been carried out under the auspices of the Human Rights Centre since 1990. The Centre has strong links with civil society organisations, statutory human rights bodies and international human rights institutions and networks, and organises a speaker series and a number of conferences annually.

It participates in the Utrecht Network of Human Rights Centres and the Venice-based Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation and also has links with universities worldwide. The Centre co-ordinates field visits to institutions dedicated to human rights issues in Belfast, eg NI Human Rights Commission and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. During the summer, the Centre organises a field trip to human rights institutions abroad, eg the European Court of Human Rights and the UN (Geneva).

Placement/internships: the Centre has strong contacts with local NGOs and other human rights institutions and can assist students with internship/voluntary work.

Assessment method

Assessed essays and dissertation.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
In general, there are no closing dates for the majority of courses (those with closing dates will be highlighted in the Course Finder). However we advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

Postgraduate Research
There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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