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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.

Why Queen's?
Research-led Teaching
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).

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 demonstrating significant experiential learning in combination with a sub-Honours degree level qualification
• Applications demonstrating 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.

Learning and Teaching
Morning and Afternoon.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
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.

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

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

Compulsory modules
• International Human Rights Law

Plus choice of:
• Crime, Justice and Society; or
• Criminal Justice Processes
• Dissertation (15,000-20,000 words)

Optional modules
• Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
• 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
• Theoretical Criminology

Methodology mini-modules
• Approaches to Legal Research
• Concepts of Human Rights
• Making Knowledge Work
• Criminal Justice and Criminology Methods 1

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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