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Course summary

We have a particularly strong track record of expertise in researching and teaching human rights. It is part of our wider strength in international law.

On this master’s course you will gain regional, national and international perspectives on the issue of human rights, which continues to pre-occupy politicians, NGOs, the media and big business.

As conflicts displace millions of people and minorities suffer at the hands of oppressive regimes, what role is there for international law – and can such a thing as human rights be upheld and enforced?

If you are fascinated by these and other questions and motivated to understand what’s going on in the world, this course is for you.

It’s likely that you will have a background in law, social sciences, advocacy or journalism, but wherever you come from you will be passionate about the issues covered by this popular course.

You will be taught by leading researchers and if you want to keep on working and earn while you learn, you can. All of our classes take place in the evening, with lectures also made available as podcasts and posted online.

Start date

Attendance

  • Full-time
  • Part-time

Learning

  • On campus

Length

  • 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Fees

Sept 2017 UK/EU/Full-time
£9,660
Sept 2017 International
£12,480
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You will learn from leading academics, researchers and practitioners from our Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, a leading interdisciplinary research hub in this field.

2

A resounding 96 per cent of students on our law courses are satisfied with the teaching (compared to an 83 per cent average for postgraduate law across the UK).

3

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 56 per cent of our law research was officially classified as either ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

What we're researching

UEL’s Centre on Human Rights in Conflict is an internationally renowned hub of research expertise. Our staff are at the forefront of work in this topical area of study, which is rarely out of the news.

Our research-active staff don’t just carry out research, however. They bring their expert knowledge into the lecture theatres and seminar rooms to ensure you have access to the latest thinking. Our impressive line-up of researchers includes: John Strawson, a colonial legal historian who has written on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the Arab Spring and Islamic law.

Professor Chandra Lekha Sriram, who founded the Centre of Human Rights and Conflict and is undertaking research into the impact of transitional justice measures together with the University of Utrecht.

Dr Priscilla Schwartz, Law Society ‘Lecturer of the Year’ in 2012, who researches international economic law, law and development, international environmental law and law and policy of the World Trade Organisation.

Professor Kofi Kufour, whose research interests include human rights in the developing world, economic integration in West Africa and Ghanaian environmental law.

Barry Collins, who is Programme Director for UEL’s postgraduate law courses and who has published on legal theory, Irish constitutional law, the Irish peace process and international law.

Dr Jeremie Gilbert, whose main area of research is on international human rights law, and more particularly the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples.

Siraj Sait, whose principal research areas are in human rights, gender issues and Islamic studies.

Dr Iwa Salami, who has published widely in the field of financial law and economic integration in emerging economies.


Other research interests in our School include include medical law and ethics, financial and company law, consumer rights, children’s rights and youth justice, confidentiality and whistleblowing.

Making a difference

UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern research universities. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 17 per cent of our overall research submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ for its quality and impact – almost double our previous REF score. A further 45 per cent of our work was considered ‘internationally excellent’.

Fees and funding

£10,000 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme

Postgraduate Loans (PGL)

The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,000 to taught and research masters students.  It will be paid to students as a contribution towards tuition fees, living costs and other course costs.

Applications are made directly through Student Finance England

Eligibility

Whether you qualify depends on:
•    if you’ve studied on a postgraduate course before
•    your course
•    your age
•    your nationality or residency status

Full eligibility can be found here 

Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans for an overview of the new funding.


Apply for a 50 per cent discount on your tuition fees! You can get a 50 per cent discount on course fees through a UEL Postgraduate Scholarship.

The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses.

To see our full eligibility criteria and how to apply click here

Terms and conditions apply.

How we can help you

Did you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn £200,000 more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree*?

If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier.

*Sutton Trust Report 2013

Alumni Discount - 15 per cent

Early Payment Discount - 5 per cent

Part-time Postgraduate Fee-waiver - up to £500

Sport Scholarships – Up to £6,000

Terms and conditions apply.








There are a number of ways you can pay your fees to UEL

•    Online payment facilities
•    By telephone
•    In person at our Docklands or Stratford campus
•    Bank transfer Full information on making payments can be found here

If you wish to discuss payments to the University, please contact our Income Team on 020 8223 2030 or you can email cashiers@uel.ac.uk








The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate
your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444





Tuition fees
UK/EU
£9,660
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

£10,000 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme

Postgraduate Loans (PGL)

The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,000 to taught and research masters students.  It will be paid to students as a contribution towards tuition fees, living costs and other course costs.

Applications are made directly through Student Finance England

Eligibility

Whether you qualify depends on:
•    if you’ve studied on a postgraduate course before
•    your course
•    your age
•    your nationality or residency status

Full eligibility can be found here 

Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans for an overview of the new funding.


Apply for a 50 per cent discount on your tuition fees! You can get a 50 per cent discount on course fees through a UEL Postgraduate Scholarship.

The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses.

To see our full eligibility criteria and how to apply click here

Terms and conditions apply.

How we can help you

Did you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn £200,000 more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree*?

If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier.

*Sutton Trust Report 2013

Alumni Discount - 15 per cent

Early Payment Discount - 5 per cent

Part-time Postgraduate Fee-waiver - up to £500

Sport Scholarships – Up to £6,000

Terms and conditions apply.








There are a number of ways you can pay your fees to UEL

•    Online payment facilities
•    By telephone
•    In person at our Docklands or Stratford campus
•    Bank transfer Full information on making payments can be found here

If you wish to discuss payments to the University, please contact our Income Team on 020 8223 2030 or you can email cashiers@uel.ac.uk








The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate
your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444





Tuition fees
UK/EU
£1,610

Per 30 credit module

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.
At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an postgraduate course, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £4,000. You can find out more about the international scholarships here. In addition to this, we offer a five per cent early payment discount and 15 per cent alumni discount.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082234444 or study@uel.ac.uk







As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages (www.uel.ac.uk/isa) for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.













Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here.

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.








Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk






Tuition fees
International
£12,480
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

From
Degree
Minimum 2:2 Honours in Law, Social Sciences or Humanities or relevant degree.

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. 

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

SEE YOUR COUNTRY
Overall IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll study

  • International Human Rights (core)
  • Current Issues and Research in International Law (core)
  • Option One
  • Option Two
  • Dissertation (core)
Optional modules available include;
  • International Criminal Law 
  • Islam and Human Rights 
  • Democracy and the Rule of Law 
  • International Refugee Law 
  • Business and Human Rights 
  • War and Human Rights 
  • Law and Development
  • Critical Perspectives of Counter-terrorism
  • Critical Perspectives on Terrorism

How you'll be assessed

All modules are research-based, involving coursework. You will take four modules of 30 credits each for which you will submit coursework of approximately 7,000 words at the end of term. The LLM dissertation accounts for 60 credits, involving a 15,000-word essay. Full-time students normally complete the 180 credits requirements in one academic year while part-time students complete the same in two years.


Course specification

How you'll learn

At the University of East London we have a strong reputation for our expertise in human rights law, and our Centre on Human Rights in Conflict is a key international source of research expertise and publications, and holds regular events for students and faculty.

As a postgraduate student, you will benefit from our activity in this area and learn from research-active staff, who bring their expertise to bear in the lecture theatre and seminar room.

For example, Course Leader Barry Collins has research interests that include legal theory and how this relates to nationalism, constitutionalism and conflict resolution – with a particular focus on Northern Ireland and the Middle East.

As a motivated and disciplined master’s student you will carry out a great deal of independent study and research.

To support you, you will have access to leading research databases and digital libraries, and you will be supervised and encouraged by leading academics. And as one of our postgraduate students, you will have access to the prestigious library of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in Russell Square, with its unrivalled collection of law books and documentation.


We offer a stimulating programme of lectures, seminars and workshops, where you will discuss and debate issues with your fellow students with the support of your dedicated tutors.

You will benefit from our recent investment in new learning facilities, with teaching taking place in our superb University Square Stratford (USS) building. It’s just a short walk from our Stratford campus, with its state-of-the-art library open 24/7 during term time.

What you'll learn

You will gain a solid grounding in international law and human rights before having the chance to specialise in an area of particular interest to you.

You will explore different concepts, ideas, doctrines and systems for how human rights can be implemented and enforced in national and international contexts. And you will develop a critical understanding of the topic in the light of broader issues such as colonialism, racism and sexism, gaining insights into the social, political and economic context in which human rights law operates.

The choice of nine optional modules includes Islam and Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, War and Human Rights, Business and Human Rights and International Refugee Law.

Throughout the course you will develop the research skills expected of a postgraduate student and put these to use in your own studies, which will include a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice within the area of international human rights

Your future career

The LLM Human Rights degree is a highly useful and sought-after qualification if you have studied law before and want to take the next step in becoming a solicitor or barrister.

If, after taking this master’s course, you decide that a legal career is for you but you did not study law as an undergraduate, you will need to take a law conversion course to embark on your legal journey. The LLM Human Rights is not a qualifying law degree.

Good legal minds are required in all lines of business, but this particular qualification will leave you well placed to follow a career with a national or international public institution or NGO focusing on human rights. If you become a solicitor, you will have the option of working in a legal firm or as an in-house lawyer within a corporation in any sector.

You may see this legal qualification as a key way of helping you in your current role – or as a passport to a change of career. This could be in the charity/voluntary sector, in business, research, policy-making, the public sector or teaching. Alternatively, you may decide to continue with your studies and pursue an academic career.

Whatever career path you take, you will be equipped with advanced research skills and the ability to analyse and apply critical thinking to any legal or business problem.
 
You will have high-level communication skills as well as the demonstrable ability to work as part of a team, debate, make a case and deliver a presentation effectively.

To enhance your career prospects, we run a dedicated employability programme for students in the School of Business and Law. Called 'Employ', it includes employability workshops, skills training sessions, guest speaker events, voluntary work, student ambassador roles and work experience opportunities.

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