LLM International Protection of Human Rights and Personal Freedom

Why choose this course?

  • This unique LLM comprises a fascinating combination of modules that address the most pressing human rights issues currently evolving across global, regional and national systems of law today. Some of these modules are unique, and between them they feature some really innovative ways of studying an exciting, but demanding, programme
  • You can study either full time or part time at a pace to suit you and your circumstances
  • This course is part of a suite of new LLM degrees that are innovative and stimulating in their approach to legal problems and concepts.
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Course code: MM1AE

Start date: September and January

Course length: Full time: one year. Part time: three years.

Campus: Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus

College: College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences

About this course

This LLM pathway provides an understanding of the human rights regime at international, regional and national levels. This award aims to equip students with a better understanding of some of the main contemporary topics and debates within international human rights law.

A unique aspect of this programme of study is the inclusion of a practical approach to the investigation of human rights violations, which will include some field work. This focuses on the investigation of human rights abuses and includes activities such as trial observations, interviewing victims of human rights violations, and analysing criminal justice documentation, to identify areas of possible violations.

What you will cover

The course is made up of three stages - Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and LLM.

Postgraduate Certificate in Law

You’ll study this module:

  • Legal Scholarship

Plus you’ll choose an additional two modules from a wide ranging list.

Postgraduate Diploma in Law

You’ll study these core modules:

  • The Law and Investigation of Human Rights Violations
  • Public International Law

And you’ll choose one optional module from the following:

  • Applied Research in Criminal Justice Systems
  • Clinic
  • Comparative Criminal Justice and Policing
  • Comparative Jurisprudence
  • Data Protection, Privacy and Freedom of Information Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • Investigation and Prosecution of Environmental Crime
  • Investigation and Prosecution of Transnational Crime
  • Vulnerable Victims and Witnesses


You’ll study this core module:

  • Independent Studies

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a good honours degree or relevant experience
  • if your first language is not English you will need to evidence a proficiency in English (IELTS 7)

How to apply

Fees and finance

2015/16 fees

UK/EU students

  • £550 per module (you usually take the equivalent of 9 single modules)

International students

  • Full time: £11,440

These fees apply if you're starting this course between September 2015 and August 2016. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change. Costs can increase each year.

How you will learn

You'll learn in our fantastic law facilities which include two full-sized courtrooms.

You will learn with your peers, giving you the chance to collaborate with other talented people with a passion for the same kinds of legal issues.

The course will support you to acquire the independent research and writing skills that will enable you to put together strong legal arguments in your work submissions.

Your lectures will provide a solid foundation in the areas for study. Emphasis is placed on aiding research and guiding you in a way that will stimulate your desire and interest to further explore the module area and specific topics.

The opportunity is provided, through tutorials and discussion, for you to explore topic areas and issues. Also, on an ongoing basis, you will be able to identify and pursue study areas which are of particular interest to you.

Your tutors will highlight the value of studying a particular module in isolation to develop your knowledge and understanding in this area. The provision of the module in the context of the LLM pathway as a whole will be acknowledged and account taken of the link and relationship with other modules you are studying.

How you're assessed

Types of assessment are wide ranging and include assignments, portfolio preparation, reports, case studies and the online preparation of material. In several modules you can relate your assessment to different jurisdictions, so that your national law can be the focus of your award.

Assessment is integrated into the learning and teaching of modules. The loading and scheduling of work is consistent, balanced and inclusive, in line with your progressive development.

The final masters stage is assessed through the submission of your Independent Study or masters thesis on a specialist topic of your own choosing. You will be supported in preparing this by your tutors here at Derby.

Careers and employability

You'll be better equipped to join organisations working in the human rights field, from law firms to governments and NGOs, because of the insights you will have gained in the investigation of human rights abuses and the knowledge and understanding you will have acquired in relation to criminal trials, interviewing victims of human rights violations and analysis of criminal justice documentation to identify areas of possible violations.

What our students say

"Meeting new people from around the world, studying in a friendly environment, and having the opportunity to centre my studies around modules that interest me, have been my highlights so far." Miriam Katche

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Contact details

Course leader: Karen Clubb
E: k.clubb@derby.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)1332 591844

College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences
E: lhss@derby.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)Ke1332 591896

Where will I study?

Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus