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Law - Human Rights & Criminal Justice

Overview
This LLM programme is an exciting and rewarding degree course which attracts a diverse student body: students who are qualified legal practitioners and students with extensive experience in the statutory, community or voluntary sectors nationally and internationally. The diversity among both staff and students allows the students and teachers on the programme to learn from each other and makes for a vibrant academic experience.

The Human Rights element of this programme focuses on both international human rights law, including at regional levels in Europe, Africa and the Americas, and concentration on the practice of human rights, especially in the contexts of discrimination, armed conflicts, terrorism and migration.

The Criminal Justice component allows students to explore the inter-relationships between crime, justice and society in comparative context. Modules assess criminal justice policies and institutions from an interdisciplinary perspective and allow for in-depth analyses of topical issues in criminal justice and criminology at local, national, regional and international levels.

Entry requirements

Entrance requirements
Graduate
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Law, Social Sciences, Humanities or a cognate discipline.

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 relevant experience.

Admission under the Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) may be considered for this course. The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL). Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for more information.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements
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.

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

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

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
•Academic English: 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.

Contact Teaching Hours
Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial
8 (hours maximum)

In addition, students should set aside 10-12 hours per module for reading and preparation.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Introduction
This LLM provides a knowledge base for criminal justice and human rights-related careers, often in governmental bodies, national human rights institutions and international and national civil society organisations, as well as with criminal justice agencies, such as the police service, prison service or probation board. It also provides an excellent base for 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.

http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

Further enquiries

Dr Graham Ellison, Reader
School of Law - Reader Law
email: g.ellison@qub.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 3463

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Compulsory Modules
International Human Rights Law

Plus choice of:
Theoretical Criminology or
Criminal Justice Processes
Dissertation (15,000-20,000 words)
Business and Human Rights

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

Methodology Mini-Modules
Approaches to Legal Research
Theories and Methods in Human Rights
Key Debates in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Criminal Justice and Criminology Methods 1

Optional Modules
Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
Equality and Discrimination
Transitional Justice
Migration and Human Rights
Comparative Human Rights
Counter-Terrorism
Crime, Justice, Society

Comment

Human Rights and Criminal Justice highlights
Career Development
•The Centre has strong contacts with local NGOs and other human rights and criminal justice institutions and can assist students with internship/voluntary work.

Student Experience
•Research and teaching is led by the Human Rights Centre and the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Both organise an active, annual speaker and conference series, with talks by academics and practitioners, as well as visits to institutions dedicated to human rights issues in Belfast, and a field trip to human rights institutions, eg European Court of Human Rights and the UN (Geneva).

Assessment method

Assessed essays

Dissertation

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
Closing dates do apply for some of our courses, and details of these are available on our Course Finder. 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.

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply. See application weblink below.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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