LLM in Human Rights

Course Overview


Our brand new LLM Human Rights programme examines the contemporary challenges facing global society and nations, and their impact on human rights from the international to the local.

Apply today to gain an in-depth understanding of the challenges for human rights and possible responses through legislation, policy and practice. Learn a diverse range of modules, with a practical focus, taught by human rights experts.

Key Features

LLM Human Rights offers:

• A programme designed around high calibre research and impact in human rights.

• Our academics’ strong relationships with external partners in the field of human rights.

• An interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach.

• A focus on diverse challenges in human rights

• Opportunities to address a range of human rights topics across a number of thematic areas.


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

LLM 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
LAAM11Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)60Dissertation

LLM 2 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
LAAM11Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)60Dissertation

LLM 3 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

Year 3 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
LAAM11Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)60Dissertation

Year 3 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
LAAM11Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)60Dissertation


The LLM Human Rights programme draws on the research strengths from the School of Law and other colleges in its teaching; and exploits strong relationships with external partners to integrate a distinctive applied focus to the programme.

The course consists of taught modules (compulsory and optional) and a dissertation.

Compulsory modules will examine the international human rights framework, introduce research methods on human rights, and discuss accountability for human rights (including impact assessment).

A variety of module choices

Human Rights and:

  • Climate Change and Sustainability
  • Asylum and Immigration
  • Trade, Investment and Human Rights
  • Media
  • Family Law
  • Identities
  • Children
  • Poverty
  • Migration and Human Trafficking
  • Criminal Justice
  • Terrorism on-line
  • Medicine and Human Rights 

Entry Requirements

If you’re passionate about Human Rights, we want to hear from you! We welcome applications by prospective students from around the world. Ideally you’ll hold a 2:1 degree or equivalent, in a relevant area such as law, criminology, politics, sociology or international development (other disciplines may also be relevant), although we will consider candidates with a 2:2 based on their overall and individual module performance. Candidates with relevant experience are also strongly encouraged to apply.

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 6.0 in each component) and TOEFL (with a score of at least 88 and at least Listening: 21, Reading: 22, Speaking: 23, Writing: 21).

How To Apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for one of our postgraduate programmes is to apply online at www.swansea.ac.uk/applyonline. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process and print off a copy of your decision letter.

However, if you prefer, you can request an application pack by post from:

Postgraduate Admissions Office, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP Tel: +44 (0)1792 295358 or Simon Hoffman, Programme Director: s.hoffman@swansea.ac.uk

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
LLM Full-time £6,800 £14,950
LLM Part-time £3,400 £7,500
LLM Part-time £2,250 £5,000

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

Teaching and Assessment

In the most recent Teaching Quality Assessment conducted by the UK Quality Assurance Agency, teaching in the College of Law and Criminology was awarded the highest possible rating of ‘Commendable’.

All of the programme teaching team are active in research and are at the cutting edge of their discipline, variously publishing books and articles at the highest level, and working closely with government and the public and private sectors on implementation of human rights.

The College’s REF 2014  impact case study submitted on children’s human rights achieved the highest possible rating of 4*.

The teaching approach is underpinned by the following objectives: 

  • an emphasis on developing knowledge and understanding of human rights as a holistic project, therefore paying close attention to the pervasive nature of human rights across law, policy and practice.
  • a focus on how human rights may be effectively translated from normative expectation to practical application.
  • incorporating and facilitating experiential learning.

The programme ranges across a broad spectrum of human rights topics relevant to law, policy and practice and encourages a practical approach in these areas. Students will have the opportunity to engage with projects, providing hands-on experience of human rights research as well as dissemination to support application.

Modules are assessed using a variety of assessment methods to provide students with a range of opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding, and application skills. These include: coursework (in a range of formats, e.g. essay, problem question, report, briefing), examination, one-day examination and presentation.


Extra-curricular Activities

Throughout their studies students are provided with the opportunity to take part in a number of extra-curricular activities to enhance their practical understanding of human rights. These include:

 Guest lectures by expert practitioners in human rights.

  • Workplace learning through voluntary work and/or placement.
  • Involvement in collaborative research projects with research partners.
  • Engagement with the College’s projects focussed on practical implementation and impact from research (e.g. Cyberterrorism Project, Wales Observatory, Centre for Environment, and the Sex Work Consortium).

Contact Details

Dr Simon Hoffman: Programme Director

Tel: +44 (0)1792 513004

Email: s.hoffman@swansea.ac.uk

Meet our student, Sara

‌‌Sara Powell‌‌

“I initially decided to study Law due to a particular interest in human rights; and I was excited to have a choice in different human rights courses at Swansea Uni. I choose to study human rights of children and human rights and social justice, which were specific to my personal interest. The modules were detailed and well structured; as well as learning human rights theory, the course also encourages the use of a range of practical materials, for example navigating the United Nations website. This provided the opportunity to delve deeper into my own research, which has become a useful skill in working life!

Furthermore, I was fortunate enough to undertake three human-rights related internships that were offered by the College of Law and Criminology, one in my second year and two after graduating. I have no doubt that the courses, lecturers, and additional opportunities have influenced my decision to work in rights-respecting jobs with Barnardos and Citizen’s Advice since graduating; and no doubt that the course has prepared me for the roles.”

Sara Powell Employment and Equalities - Casework Assistant