Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Human Rights and Criminal Justice

This course provides students with a thorough grounding in issues of human rights, be they international, regional or local, while also considering how these rights can be curtailed or inhibited by the operation of criminal justice agencies within society. It also allows students to pursue various specialised areas of study in both human rights law and criminal justice through the completion of a dissertation.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Law, Social Science, Humanities or a cognate discipline. Exemption from these requirements may be considered for those applicants who hold a Master's 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

Compulsory modules include: Approaches to legal research; concepts, issues and methods in arts, humanities and social sciences; conceptions of human rights; criminology methods 1; human rights: concepts and institutions; and either: criminal justice processes, or theory and practice in criminology; law as method; optional modules: Childhood, youth and justice; crime prevention and community safety; exploitation and human rights; food security and the right to food; gender, sexuality and violence; human rights and international refugee law; human rights in Africa; human rights in the Americas; human rights in time of conflict; international humanitarian law; LGBT: theory and practice; medical law and ethics; penal policies and practice; philosophy of law; policing; psychological aspects of crime and delinquency; religion and law; restorative justice; sex offending, risk and society; the rights of the child; the rights of women; transitional justice and conflict transformation.

Assessment methods

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

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
LLM Full-time September 2016 GBP 10,730 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
LLM Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
LLM Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
LLM Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
LLM Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Course Enquiries, School of Law
Telephone number: 
028 9097 3842