Overview You will study a range of modules focusing on the critical aspects of sustainability, social justice, and human rights. You will explore these areas in particular contexts and have the opportunity to further develop your critical thinking and evaluation skills, research, and communication skills. The programme concludes with a dissertation module in which you will conduct an in-depth inquiry into your chosen research topic. With the assistance of a supervisor, the dissertation module requires you to undertake independent work which may relate directly to your future career aspirations and which, in any event, reflects your particular interests from within the curriculum. Graduates of the programme will have the knowledge and expertise required to pursue careers in various areas such as national and international charities, NGOs, local government, lobbying and policy development, communications etc. In addition, an LLM is an essential step on the road to pursuing a PhD and a career in academia. Key features
- You will be taught by legal experts who have a wealth of experience. These will include barristers, solicitors, professors and practitioners from the international legal arena.
- You will learn to critically evaluate and adapt theories and concepts of human rights and social justice to reflect underpinning policy objectives and the sustainability demands in practice
- You can expand your knowledge of the law in dedicated learning spaces, including access to a crown court – a site of trials since the Middle Ages, a training courtroom and a simulated Judge's Chambers suite. In addition, the university's Hugh Aston Building has a dedicated law library exclusively for law students, allowing you to practise scenario-based learning.
- You will develop and apply values, skills, knowledge and behaviours that will enable them to contribute to the development of a just, peaceful and sustainable world.
- Benefit from Education 2030, where a simplified ‘block learning’ timetable means you will study one subject at a time and have more time to engage with your learning, receive faster feedback and enjoy a better study-life balance.
Block 1: Sustainability, Climate Change and Human Rights Issues Block 2: Gender, Sexuality and Minority Rights Block 3: International Human rights: Humanitarian Law and Protection of Refugees Block 4: International Child Law and Social Justice in Human Rights Block 5: Dissertation
Teaching and assessment You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, guest lectures and PC labs. Assessment is through assignments, essays, exams, and projects. Some assessment opportunities will have additional support via groupwork, such as simulations and case studies; and students have access to a personal tutor for mentoring and signposting for additional needs.
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
- Course does not award QTS
Applicants are expected to have background knowledge of law or a discipline related to the LLM (usually an undergraduate degree or professional qualifications). Applicants will normally hold a degree with a minimum pass of 2:2, or equivalent overseas qualification, or an equivalent professional qualification. A degree in law is preferred but is not essential. English language requirements If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band (or equivalent) when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.
Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£9950||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9950||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9950||Year 1|