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Course summary

On the LLB Law and Human Rights, you will gain skills, knowledge, insight and experience from our expert academics and practitioners in the fields of human rights and public law. The world of human rights is vast and changing quickly. At the start of this degree, you will study the introductory human rights course that covers basic principles, treaties and cases in the area of human rights. Then you will study more advanced modules on specific topics such as migration, medical ethics, immigration, international law, labour law, political violence, social welfare and armed conflict, among others. You may also choose to complete your final research project on a topic of human rights. In addition to foundational legal reasoning skills, on this human rights-focused law degree you will also develop:

  • knowledge of the relationship between national and international laws
  • an understanding of what it may mean in practice to have to balance conflicting concepts of justice
  • the ability to assess the wider social, historical and political dimensions of rights-based social movements.
The LLB Law and Human Rights is ideal if you have a keen interest in the role of law in the pursuit of global justice. Human rights is also a sub-field of study that is highly relevant to the domestic practice of law. Teaching on this LLB Law and Human Rights is very flexible to respond to the needs of our students - depending on the module, we offer classes in the daytime, evening, on campus or online. Highlights
  • Birkbeck is a leading international centre for world-class legal teaching, research and scholarship. You will be taught by field-leading academic staff, alongside experienced solicitors, barristers and judges from across the legal sector.
  • Career development and skills enhancement are a key part of studying this course. You will have access to a huge range of careers support including Birkbeck's Careers Service, Birkbeck Talent and Birkbeck Futures.
  • You will have opportunities to network with real-world legal professionals through our Mentoring Pathways Scheme, Legal Practice Conversations, Legal Professionals Insight Evening and Careers Fair, and open days are held exclusively for Birkbeck students.
  • You will be able to put your learning into practice with our various law clinics: University of London Refugee Law Clinic, Environmental Law Foundation, River House Law Clinic and Release. You can also join our Law Society and our highly successful Mooting team.
Careers and employability Graduates can pursue career paths in the legal profession, human resources or local government. Possible professions include:
  • barrister
  • solicitor
  • chartered legal executive
  • human resources officer.
We offer a comprehensive careers service - Careers and Enterprise - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.


For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

Depending on the module, assessment may include: independent research essays, problem scenario essays, exams, workbooks, group work, presentations, reflective journals and creative and critical thinking exercises.

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. We also accept other English language tests.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential. You will need to complete a written exercise in reasoning and analysis and attend an admissions event. FOUNDATION YEAR DEGREES We offer an LLB Law with Foundation Year degree which provides a law degree with an extra year of supported study. This is an ideal route if you are returning to study after being out of education for a while, or if you did not achieve the grades you needed for the LLB. Once you successfully complete the Foundation Year you can choose to study the LLB Law and Human Rights. ALTERNATIVE ENTRY ROUTES Successful completion of the Certificate of Higher Education in Legal Studies with a minimum mark of 50% guarantees entry to the LLB with optional credit for a first-year module.

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Fees and funding

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Law and Human Rights at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS