University of Edinburgh

LLM in Human Rights


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

LLM in Human Rights

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Edinburgh Law School is an ideal place to study human rights. With a history at the centre of the Scottish enlightenment, the University's recently developed Global Academies in the areas of Justice, Health, Development and Environment and Society, which together address crucial global challenges spanning the ambit of civil and political, social, economic and cultural rights, and the City’s many and varied peace and human rights initiatives, we offer a unique academic space for the learning and research of human rights.
The programme is designed to provide you with a theoretical and practical understanding of international human rights law in its broader political context. There is a particular emphasis on the relationship between human rights and conflict resolution. You can explore the role of human rights globally and the international and domestic machinery that promotes and enforces rights, but also focus on how academic debates connect to the practice of human rights.
The programme has an interdisciplinary approach and a flexible structure that enables you to tailor your curriculum to best suit your individual interests and career plans, drawing from a choice of specialised courses from the Law School and the School of Social and Political Science.
You will study a total of 180 credits, which consists of a 10,000 word dissertation (or Work-based placement) worth 60 credits and 120 credits of taught courses that may include the following topics: International Human Rights Law; Fundamental Issues in International Law; International Criminal Law; European Environmental Law; EU Fundamental Rights Law; European Labour Law; Human Rights and Conflict Resolution; Human Rights Law in Europe; International and European Media Law; Migration and Refugee Law; International Climate Change Law; Risk and Regulation: Health and the Environment; Contemporary Issues in the Law and Policy of e-Commerce, the Digital Economy and International Information Governance; Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law; EU and National Climate Change Law; Interstate Conflict and Humanitarian Law; Mental Health and Crime.


The University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Law School is an Internationally recognised Higher Education institution accredited to provide advanced education. It should be noted that a postgraduate masters degree in Law from the University of Edinburgh does not qualify for entry into the Scottish (or other country's) Legal Practice. Advice from your local Bar Association or Law Society should be sought if you wish to pursue legal practice in your country of domicile.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

Out State Tuition (per year): The tuition fee for International students on this programme for 2017 entry is £19,300 USD

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City