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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 11.4k / 1
  • Foreign: $ 24k / 1
  • Deadline:
  • 30 June
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 21pts.
  • Duration:
  • 1 year

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    This advanced course in human rights taught by international experts offers a unique and distinctive focus on the theories and practice of rights, producing a vibrant environment for exploring this significant area of law and policy.

    This programme will give you advanced knowledge, greater understanding and critical insights into current systems of human rights legal protection and human rights debates.

    You’ll explore different domestic, regional and international human rights legal systems to analyse how rights have been legalised, developed and enforced through the theory and practice of human rights.

    You’ll investigate the law relating to the protection of life and human dignity, freedom from torture and other ill treatment, freedom of expression, and human rights with regard to media organisations, terrorism, health care, the family and disabled people.

    Research and professional insight

    You’ll benefit from the expertise of leading academics in a stimulating research environment. Our research groups include:

    • Centre for Business Law and Practice (CBLP)
    • Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (CCJS)
    • Centre for Law and Social Justice (CLSJ)
    • Centre for Innovation and Research Education (CIRLE)

    Career opportunities

    Students who have graduated from this degree often choose careers that centre on or involve understanding and applying human rights law and developing policies at organisational level. Further training is required but many also go on to practise as lawyers or legal advisors.

    Our alumni include people working at the European Commission, United Nations, non-governmental organisations and in the government sector. Others have chosen to follow academic careers.

    The compulsory modules studied will give you the opportunity to:

    • examine the concept of rights in political philosophy
    • explore global and local human rights concerns
    • investigate the impact of international human rights
    • analyse the relevance of international human rights to domestic law.

    Compulsory modules will also enable you to hone your legal research and writing skills, which you’ll be able to demonstrate in your dissertation – an independent piece of research on your chosen topic.

    You’ll also benefit from our Support in Academic and Personal Development programme. This runs alongside your taught academic programme in semester one and is specifically designed to complement the School’s induction activities and ongoing academic skills support for students, both home and International .

    The wide-ranging list of optional modules means that you can explore a diverse range of related subjects of interest to you.


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    University requirements


    Program requirements

    Entry requirements

    A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in law or a relevant social science or non-UK equivalent.

    Language requirements

    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) an overall band of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component skill
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of 92 with no less than 21 in listening, 21 in reading, 23 in speaking and 22 in writing
    • Pearson (Academic) of 64 overall with no less than 60 in any component
    • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE), or C1 Advanced, of 176 overall with no less than 169 in any component
    • Trinity College Integrated Skills in English of a Pass in ISE II or above (if taken in the UK)
    • GCSE English Language or Cambridge IGCSE English as a First or Second Language at grade C

    Documents and information you will need include

    • Original or certified copies of your transcripts
    • Original or certified copies of your degree certificate
    • Original or certified copy of your IELTS/TOEFL results (if English is not your first language)
    • Details of two referees.

     

    Learning and teaching

    This programme is taught through a range of weekly lectures and seminars held on a two-weekly basis. You’re strongly advised to attend the weekly lectures on international human rights and international law, particularly if you’ve not previously studied international law.

    Independent study is integral to this programme – not just to prepare for classes but to develop research and other critical skills. You’ll be expected to carry out advanced levels of legal research and participate fully in seminars.

    Assessment

    Most modules are assessed by essays. This is usually the most effective method for you to showcase your advanced legal research.

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