Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Human Rights (intensive)

Birkbeck's 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 is also practical, setting out the impact of human rights on business, with some case studies. It aims to expose you to a critical and contextual engagement with the subject. You will study human rights in their political, legal, sociological, anthropological and philosophical contexts. Human rights has emerged as the dominant discourse through which political, social and economic challenges are articulated. Is the rise of human rights as emblem of resistance and political horizon a reflection of the exponential rise of human need and suffering, or is it a convenient means of deflecting more radical political demands and transformation? What are the mechanisms through which various crises are made intelligible through human rights? What about the convergence of human rights and corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the implications of the growth of 'business and human rights' in international media? These are among the questions taken up in this programme.

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

You take 3 compulsory modules, one of which is a dissertation, and 3 option modules.
Core modules:

Dissertation LLM Human Rights (Intensive);
Issues in International Law and Human Rights;
The History and Philosophy of Human Rights .

Option modules:

Advanced International Economic Law, Justice and Development (Intensive);
Conflict, Intervention and Human Rights: Contemporary Challenges;
Cultures of Human rights (Intensive);
Introduction to International Economic Law, Justice and Development (Intensive);
Introduction to the Law of International Finance;
Issues in International Law and Human Rights (Intensive);
Risk, rights and responsibility: governing epidemics and regulating health;
Southern Perspectives on Constitutional and Political Transformation;
The History and Philosophy of Human Rights (Intensive) .

Dissertation LLM/MA Human Rights (Intensive).

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

Assessment methods

Final assessment for each compulsory and option module is based on a 4000-word essay. You will be required to submit a dissertation of 8000-10,000 words.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time January 2018 - 1 years
LLM Part-time January 2018 - 2 years
MA Full-time January 2018 - 1 years
MA Part-time January 2018 - 2 years

Campus details

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

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