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International Human Rights and Development

Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: LLM
Suitable for international students
Start date: September, January
Faculty of Management & Law
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Human rights and the law is a huge growth area, evolving and expanding in response to new developments, threats, and evolution in our thinking as a society. It has great significance for major global challenges such as war, terrorism, gender, migration and climate change, and interfaces quite significantly with impacts from science and innovation.

This new LLM in Human Rights and Development is designed to provide you with an understanding of human rights in its multi-layered form, with a critical emphasis on its complementarity with development.

The course offers a wide range of modules that are contemporary, academically rigorous and skills oriented. You'll gain core knowledge of the wider context framing law and policy in this field, whilst having the flexibility to tailor your degree to suit your particular interests and career aspirations by choosing from a range of specialist human rights law and development modules.

Why Bradford?

The University of Bradford School of Law has a core team of highly experienced academics with wide-ranging expertise in international human rights law, and strong links to the profession, civil society groups and industry. The School also draws upon the expertise of colleagues in the internationally renowned Division of Peace Studies and International Development at the University.

Our courses are shaped by the School of Law International Advisory Board, made up of leading figures in the judiciary and legal practice, academia and wider industry and society who advise us on the skills and competencies needed in the current and future workplace. This feeds into the design and delivery of our courses, ensuring our students gain knowledge and experience that is not only academically rigorous but valued by employers.

Our ethos is to focus on you and your development, ensuring we provide you with the support and skills you need to perform at your best - both as a student and in your future career. There is an intensive induction course at the beginning of your programme to ensure you are equipped with the required skills and concepts.  In addition, we have a dedicated Effective Learning Service team within the Faculty of Law and Management who will provide one-on-one support where necessary.

You'll have the opportunity to get involved in a range of extracurricular activities and develop networks, both within the School of Law and the wider Faculty of Law and Management.  As an LLM student you can get involved in the editorial work of the Bradford Student Law Journal - a student-run, peer reviewed journal based at the School of Law. You can also participate in a range of internal and external mooting competitions, organised by the Law Society, giving students a chance to practice their skills in conditions which simulate a courtroom setting. Students learn how to analyse problems, research the law, prepare written submissions and present their arguments. These are all aimed at helping you developing transferable skills and legal understanding that complement your studies.

Bradford is a fascinating city with a rich industrial history, a multicultural community, and beautiful coutnryside right on the doorstep. It's also one of the least expensive places to live and study in the UK.

Entry requirements

2:2 or above in any subject, or relevant work experience at graduate level.

English language requirements:

IELTS at 6.5 or equivalent with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-test.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

An intensive 2-week induction at the beginning of the course ensures that all students, including those from non-law and/or international backgrounds are taught the core concepts and academic skills necessary to achieve the learning outcomes.

Students take 180 credits of modules comprising a taught element of 120 credits, and a 60 credit dissertation.

Students will be required to take 40 credits of core modules covering subjects on Principles of Regulation and Enforcement, and Sustainable Development Law in Business and Society which will explore core themes and provide the necessary background and wider context of the study of this subject.

In addition, students will be required to take a total of 60 credits of modules from the following s(20 credits each) which will provide specific and in-depth knowledge in specialist aspects of human rights and development:

  • Public International Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Gender Law
  • Migration & Asylum Law
  • Peace keeping and Peace Building
  • Business Human Rights and Environment
  • Governance for Development

The final 20-credit module of the LLM in International Commercial Law is an elective which can either be chosen from the list above, from a wider pool of postgraduate modules from the School of Law or from other departments such as the School of Management

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

You will be taught in small groups in an interactive and engaging learning environment.

You will have the opportunity in some modules to be involved in clinical legal education, where you gain practical experience working with real life cases whilst supported by academics.

The course is also enhanced by visiting guest speakers from all walks of life, including the legal professions, academia, and businesses.

Career support and prospects

During your time studying at the Faculty of Management and Law you will have the opportunity to take part in our distinctive career booster programme throughout the duration of your course. The programme is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and graduate attributes to be job-ready when seeking employment with leading innovative organisations. The Career Booster Programme offers you the opportunity to gain certificates in:

  • The European Computer Driving License (EDCL) - the benchmark for digital literacy
  • Sage 50 Accounting and Sage 50 Payroll - training that will allow you to develop leading accounting and payroll software skills
  • Project Manager Professional certificates - giving you the edge when seeking to become a Certified Project Manager
  • Big Data analysis and reporting skills - using Software and Services (SAS) that will lead to certification.

In addition, the programme will also include activities to promote teamwork, confidence, communication and many other skills sought by employers.

Developing a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates will demonstrate to employers that you are not only ambitious but also take responsibility for your own professional development.

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Study Support

You will be allocated a personal tutor - someone with whom you will be able to talk about any academic or personal concerns. Staff responsible for the administration of the LLM are available to help you with day-to-day queries about the programme.

We are a small, dedicated and friendly Law School, allowing our academic and support staff to get to know students personally, and offer individual support and teaching. We make sure that your time with us is as rewarding as possible, and do everything we can to help you reach your potential.

The Law Library has dedicated support from our Law Librarian, who will be able to provide you with guidance on the use of legal databases, OSCOLA referencing or finding a book in the library.

As well as offering access to key textbooks and other materials in hard copy, the law library also subscribes to three of the key legal databases:

  • Westlaw
  • Lexis Library
  • Hein Online

You'll therefore have 24 hour electronic access, on and off campus, to the majority of material you require to successfully complete your programme. Where tutors require you to read material which is not as readily available, it will be made available to you though Blackboard. You are encouraged to also consult other collections as there is interesting and useful material on all of the topics studied available from a variety of disciplines, and you will therefore be introduced to the library as a whole rather than just specific collections as part of this programme.

The Library includes self-issue and self-return facilities, photocopiers and printers, areas for silent study and social learning, and wireless access throughout the building. There is an information desk, a special computer laptop bar, and areas for social learning in the upper Atrium on Level 1. The building incorporates full disability access.

LLM students also have access to social spaces including Postgraduate Common Room and the Weir room.

The Effective Learning Service (ELS) at the Faculty of Management and Law can support you academically (e.g with assignments and examinations) and helps overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements. The ELS provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area.


Our core research theme is law as a driver for change in a global society. This reflects the expertise of our academic staff, and our commitment to contemporary and practically relevant research which is global in context and oriented towards ensuring sustainable and resilient societies, including within the context of human rights. 


We recently invested £12 million into our facilities, to ensure our students have the best possible experience.

Our Emm Lane campus includes a Harvard-style lecture theatre, an integrated Law and Management library, IT facilities, a prayer room and ablution facilities, an on-site café and social spaces.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £6,680
  • International: £15,650

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.