LLM Human Rights Law
Our LLM in Human Rights Law reflects an area of law that is critical in providing the frameworks necessary to protect the dignity of humans around the world. It offers you an opportunity to graduate and meet a growing demand for specialist lawyers that have human rights experience and knowledge - and a determination to tackle human rights violations.
The LLM in Human Rights Law offers in-depth, intensive study of institutions and mechanisms at the international and regional levels, as well as more specialist areas such as employment law, mental health law and law around migrant workers, with a variety of related optional units to choose from.
Choosing the LLM in Human Rights Law means being challenged and inspired by academics from the Human Rights Implementation Centre, globally renowned for its groundbreaking research and work across the world. The centre offers many opportunities for students to gain knowledge and experience in human rights law and practice, including participation in the Human Rights Law Clinic.
The intellectually demanding, research-rich curriculum will allow you to demonstrate excellent legal, analytical and research skills.
Find out how you can do more with law at the University of Bristol Law School.
We have a large and vibrant international community and University of Bristol LLM students benefit from small class sizes taught by world-leading experts.
The LLM in Human Rights Law provides an exciting range of optional units that reflect the expertise of our globally renowned academics and an opportunity to further specialise your degree.
You will take four units (120 credit points overall, 30 credit points each) and a compulsory dissertation (60 credit points). You have the option of taking three specialist Human Rights Law units and one unit from any of our other LLM programmes.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our LLM in Human Rights Law.
An upper second-class honours degree in law. Applicants who do not have a law degree but have obtained a 2:1 in at least three modules/units related to law or human rights can be considered. Previous or professional experience is not required. Recognised Prior Learning is not currently accepted.
For applicants who are currently completing a degree, we understand that their final grade may be higher than the interim grades or module/unit grades they achieve during their studies.
We will consider applicants whose interim grades are currently slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements. We may make these applicants an aspirational offer. This offer would be at the standard level, so the applicant would need to achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of their degree. Specific module requirements may still apply.
We will consider applicants whose grades are slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements, if they have a relevant postgraduate qualification.If this is the case, applicants should include their CV (curriculum vitae / résumé) when they apply, showing details of their relevant qualifications.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.Go to admissions statement
Fees and funding
- UK: full-time
- £13,700 per year
- UK: part-time (two years)
- £6,850 per year
- Overseas: full-time
- £26,700 per year
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.
More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.
Funding for 2024/25
Information about funding and scholarships can be found on the University of Bristol Law School fees and funding webpages. This includes information about the Law School's Think Big about Global Justice Scholarships, open to international postgraduate students.
Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.
In the past, students have gone on to act as solicitors, barristers, lawyers and researchers in international and European organisations, such as the United Nations or the European Commission. A number now work for governments, NGOs and other agencies. Some graduates go on to further study or research.
Graduating from Bristol will open up a diverse array of career opportunities. The LLM in Human Rights Law is suitable for those with a degree in law, or with adequate human rights components. Students on the course will:
- develop a solid understanding of human rights law,
- deepen knowledge of specific human rights issues,
- build transferable skills,
- boost prospects for work in related fields,
- deliver a solid first step towards a research career.
Find out about the unique research opportunities our students get involved in at the Human Rights Law Clinic.