University of York

University of York

International Human Rights Law and Practice

The programme provides the knowledge, skills and networks necessary for mid-career professionals and recent graduates to work in the human rights field. The programme is distinctive because students: Work on real human rights issues, which gives practical skills, hands-on experience and improved job prospects; get the opportunity to work alongside human rights defenders during a 2-week field visit to Malaysia or placement in York; learn from international human rights defenders based at the centre; explore how international human rights law interacts with national public policy in various states.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to have obtained an undergraduate degree with Honours (2.1 or higher, or its equivalent). Some academic study or practical experience of law is desirable though not required. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you are applying to.

Course modules

Module includes: Defending human rights; applying international human rights law; international human rights law and advocacy; dissertation. Optional modules taught at CAHR; asylum migration and trafficking; culture and protest; truth justice and reparations after violence. Optional modules taught at the York Law School: Corporate responsibility and law; financial citizenship and social justice; legal clinics in context (street law and law reform). Optional modules taught in other departments: Conflict and development (politics); contemporary issues in toleration (politics); critical perspectives on the criminal justice system (sociology); global governance (politics); globalisation and social policy (social policy and social work); governing for the environment (politics); law and social control (sociology); peace agreements: ending intra-state conflicts (politics); teaching and learning citizenship and global education (education); women, citizenship and conflict (centre for women's studies).

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
LLM Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
01904 325818