LLM in Human Rights

Course Overview

Our LLM in Human Rights examines the contemporary challenges facing global society and their impact on human rights from the local to the international.

You will gain an in-depth understanding of the challenges for human rights and possible responses through legislation, policy and practice.

Choose from a diverse range of modules, with a practical focus, taught by human rights experts.

Key Features

Our LLM in Human Rights offers:

  • A programme designed around high calibre research - The College’s REF 2014 impact case study on children’s human rights achieved the highest possible rating of 4*
  • Academics who have 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)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
LAAM00Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20International Human Rights Law
LAAM08Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Human Rights Implementation
LAAM12Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Researching Human Rights
Optional Modules

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

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


The courses 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.

Optional modules can include:

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

Entry Requirements

If you’re passionate about Human Rights we want to hear from you! We welcome applications from students around the world.

Ideally you’ll hold a 2:1 undergraduate degree, or equivalent, in a relative area (such as law, criminology, politics or sociology – other disciplines may also be relevant).

We also consider candidates with a 2:2 degree based on overall performance.  

Candidates with relevant experience are 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

Apply online where you will be able to track your application at each stage of the process and print off your decision letter.

Applications are also welcomed by post. For a paper application form, contact:

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 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
LLM Full-time £7,000 £15,400
LLM Part-time £3,500 £7,700
LLM Part-time £2,350 £5,150

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: It is now possible for some students to study part-time under the Tier 4 visa route. This is dependent on factors relating to the course and your individual situation. It may also be possible to study with us if you are already in the UK under a different visa category. Please visit the University information on Visas and Immigration for further guidance and support.

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

Additional Costs

Students may incur additional costs during the course of the programme, which are not covered by tuition fees. These can include, but are not limited to: stationery, books, printing, thesis binding and photocopying costs.


Loans, bursaries and alternative sources of funding may be available. See our Fees and Funding page for more information.

Teaching and Assessment

In the most recent Teaching Quality Assessment conducted by the UK Quality Assurance Agency, teaching at the Swansea University School of Law was awarded the highest possible rating of ‘Commendable’.

Our teaching approach is underpinned by the following objectives:

  • Developing knowledge and understanding of human rights as a holistic project, paying close attention to the nature of human rights across law, policy and practice
  • A focus on how human rights may be effectively translated in to practical application
  • Incorporating and facilitating experiential learning
  • Giving students the opportunity to engage with projects to provide hands-on experience

Modules are assessed using a variety of methods, giving students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and application skills. These include: coursework (essays, problem questions, reports, briefings), examination, one-day examination and presentations.


Extra-curricular Activities

Students are provided with the opportunity to take part in a number of extra-curricular activities to enhance their understanding of human rights. These vary year-on-year, but can include:

  • Guest lectures by expert practitioners
  • Workplace learning through voluntary work and/or placement
  • Involvement in collaborative research projects with research partners
  • Engagement with the College’s projects (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, Rebecca

Rebecca Davies LLM Human Rights‌“The LLM in Human Rights is a very interesting and challenging course that explores different areas of human rights whilst being able to focus on your own specific area of interest to prepare you for future careers.

In the second semester, I am looking forward to specialising in children’s human rights. Although I haven’t previously studied law before, I’ve found that the skills I learnt in my Education Studies degree are transferable, such as writing a dissertation. Simon is a great lecturer and is great at explaining everything!”