This LLM is designed for those with an academic or professional interest in human rights and criminal justice.
The programme combines the exceptional research and teaching strengths of the Human Rights Centre and the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the School of Law. It provides students with a thorough grounding in issues of human rights, be they international, regional or local, while also considering how these rights can be curtailed or inhibited by the operation of criminal justice agencies within society. It also allows students to pursue various specialised areas of study in both human rights law and criminal justice through the completion of a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation.
Within the School, human rights research and teaching on the LLM degree has been carried out under the auspices of the Human Rights Centre since 1990. Within the field of criminology and criminal justice, teaching on the LLM and research is carried out under the auspices of the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, established in 1995. The Human Rights Centre and the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice have very strong links with civil society organisations, statutory human rights and criminal justice bodies and agencies and international institutions and networks. Both organise a very active speaker series every year with talks by academics and practitioners with a number of conferences being hosted each year.
The School participates in the Utrecht Network of Human Rights Centre and the Venice-based Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation. The Human Rights Centre and the School also have links with universities in countries including India, Canada, the USA, South Africa, Ireland and Ghana. During the academic year, the Human Rights Centre co-ordinates field visits to institutions dedicated to human rights issues in Belfast. Students have a chance to visit bodies such as the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Equality Commission of Northern Ireland. The Centre organises a summer field trip to human rights institutions abroad, eg the European Court of Human Rights and the United Nations in Geneva. Each year the NI Human Rights Commission provides a prize for the best LLM dissertation on a Human Rights topic.
As part of the LLM the Human Rights Centre facilitates placements with local human rights organisations. Visits to institutions both in Northern Ireland and abroad are also organised. The Centre has strong contacts with local NGOs and other human rights institutions and assists students who may be interested in internship/voluntary work. Currently the Centre has an arrangement with: the NI Human Rights Commission, the Law Centre NI, the NI Council for Ethnic Minorities and the Equality Commission for NI.
The Centre also offers an internship bursary of up to £500 to a student who secures an internship abroad after completing their study.
This programme welcomes students from very diverse backgrounds, and has a mixture of local and international students, and students who work with statutory bodies or in civil society organisations.
Students will undertake the following programme of studies:
Two compulsory modules (30 credits each):
Human Rights: Concepts and Institutions
and either: Criminal Justice Processes, or Theory and Practice in Criminology
A further 60 credits should be taken from the modules in List A and List B below (30 credits must be taken in each). All modules are 15 credits each unless specified.
* A Social History of Criminal Justice
* Comparative Youth Justice
* Gender, Sexuality and Violence
* Crime Prevention and Community Safety
* Penal Policies and Practice
* Psychological Aspects of Crime and Delinquency
* Punishment and Social Control
* Race and Criminal Justice
* Restorative Justice
* Transitional Justice and Conflict Transformation
* War, Crime and Criminology
* Advanced British and Irish Human Rights Law
* Discrimination and Disadvantage
* Economic and Social Rights
* Exploitation and Human Rights
* Human Rights and Democratic Governance
* Human Rights in the Americas
* Human Rights in Time of Conflict
* International Protection of Refugees
* Public Interest Law
* Religion and Law
* The Rights of the Child
* The Rights of Women
* Medical Law and Ethics
* Human Rights and the Environment
Note: the availability of optional modules is subject to change from year to year.
Students must also undertake a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words on an approved topic within the broad range of the taught modules. The dissertation may be written on either a Human Rights or a Criminal Justice topic.
Year 1, Semester 1
Human Rights: Concepts and Institutions
Year 2, Semester 1
Criminal Justice Processes or Theory and Practice in Criminology
Year 1 and 2, Semester 2
Modules fom the full-time Semester 2 options in Lists A and B each year. In addition, in Year 2, part-time students must also undertake a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words on an approved topic within the broad range of the taught modules. The dissertation may be written on either a Human Rights or a Criminal Justice topic.
Primarily essays and dissertation.
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent recognised qualification in Law, Social Sciences, Humanities or a cognate discipline.
Additional Information for International Students
Applicants who are non-EEA nationals must satisfy the UK Border Agency (UKBA) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes, normally by providing evidence of one of the following:
* IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or
* TOEFL* score of 92 (Internet-based test) with minimum scores of 21 for Listening, 22 for Reading, 23 for Speaking and 21 for Writing, or
* INTO English for Postgraduate Study/Pre-sessional score of 65% with not less than 55% in any component, or
* INTO Graduate Diploma English for Academic Purposes score of 60% with not less than 40% in any component
*Taken within the last 2 yrs
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