Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Human Rights Law

In addition to providing students with a strong grounding in international and regional human rights standards and mechanisms, this programme enables students to engage with and contribute to contemporary human rights developments and debates. During the academic year, there are field visits to institutions dedicated to human rights issues in Belfast. Students have a chance to visit bodies such as the NI Human Rights Commission and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. During the summer, there is a field trip to human rights institutions abroad. There is the opportunity for internships.

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. 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. International students 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. 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.

Course modules

Core modules include: Approaches to legal research; concepts, issues and methods in arts, humanities and social sciences; conceptions of human rights; human rights: concepts and institutions; human rights research methods; law as method; optional modules include: Equality: the foundations; food security and the right to food; human rights as power, politics and paradox; human rights in modern Europe; human rights in the Americas; human rights in time of conflict; human rights to wild law; international humanitarian law; medical law and ethics; law, medicine and innovation; LGBT: Theory and practice; philosophy of law; regulation of technology; religion and law; the rights of the child; the rights of women; trafficking and human rights.

Assessment methods

Assessment is primarily through essays and a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time £ 3,466 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
LLM Full-time £ 10,730 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
LLM Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Queen's University Belfast Belfast BT7 1NN Northern Ireland

Key information

Course Enquiries, School of English
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