Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Human Rights

The School of Law is proud to offer this exciting and innovative Master's programme, leading to the award of an LLM or MA Human Rights. The distinctive focus of the programme is on theoretically informed and multidisciplinary approaches to human rights. It aims to expose you to a critical and contextual engagement with the subject. You will study human rights in their legal, political, sociological, anthropological and philosophical contexts. Political, social and economic challenges are frequently articulated through the language of human rights. Is the rise of human rights discourse an emblem of hope and a political horizon, mobilising resistance to human need and suffering? Or do human rights claims deflect more radical political demands and block real transformation? Can the manifold crises of contemporary life be made more intelligible through the frame of human rights? These are some of the questions taken up in this programme. You will be introduced to a wide variety of approaches to research across a range of disciplines, and to the theoretical frameworks for advanced legal scholarship. You will also take specialist courses, choosing from a wide range of subjects in the area of human rights.

Entry requirements

Good second-class honours degree in law, the humanities or social sciences; other good honours degrees will be considered. Degrees from overseas institutions must be equivalent to a UK second-class degree. Other relevant qualifications and appropriate professional training and experience are welcome and will be taken into account. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

MA

You take 2 core modules and option modules, one of which can be a dissertation.
Core modules:

Issues in International Law and Human Rights;
The History and Philosophy of Human Rights .

Option modules:

Children's Rights and Childhood;
Cultures of Human Rights;
Dissertation LLM Human Rights;
Equality and the Law;
Futures: The Globalization of Human Rights;
Healthcare and Human Rights;
Human Rights in Britain;
International Asylum and Refugee Law (Postgraduate);
International Rights of Minorities;
Social Justice;
Southern Perspectives on Constitutional and Political Transformation;
The World Trade Organization and the Environment .

Please note: not all option modules will be available every year.

LLM

You take 2 core modules and 4 option modules, one of which can be a dissertation.
Core modules:

Issues in International Law and Human Rights;
The History and Philosophy of Human Rights .

Option modules:

Children's Rights and Childhood;
Cultures of Human Rights;
Dissertation LLM Human Rights;
Equality and the Law;
Futures: The Globalization of Human Rights;
Healthcare and Human Rights;
Human Rights in Britain;
International Asylum and Refugee Law (Postgraduate);
International Rights of Minorities;
Social Justice;
Southern Perspectives on Constitutional and Political Transformation;
The World Trade Organization and the Environment .

Please note: not all option modules will be available every year.

Assessment methods

Final assessment for most compulsory and option modules is based on a 4000-word essay. If you choose the dissertation option, you will be required to submit a dissertation of 8000-10,000 words.

Sponsorship information

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses - and you don't have to start repaying until 2019. Applicants with a strong academic background may be eligible to apply for AHRC/ESRC awards (UK and EU-based applicants only). Candidates with an outstanding academic record who demonstrate high potential for strong performance on one of our Master's degrees can apply for School of Law Postgraduate Fee Awards. Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
LLM Part-time October 2017 - 2 years
MA Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MA Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Bloomsbury WC1E 7HX South East

Get in touch

Remember to mention TARGETpostgrad when contacting universities.

Key information

Contact: 
School of Law
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6511