Why study at Roehampton

  • Join one of the very few specialised human rights masters which is embedded in practice providing you with the necessary professional experience for a legal career in the human rights field.
  • You will gain specialised skills in legal practice, legal reasoning, legal advocacy, litigation and have access to the legal world in London.  
  • You will be taught by experts at the leading edge of human rights law, all of them have extensive practical experience in human rights law.
  • Build upon your experience and acquire skills through our inter-disciplinary teaching approach to human rights law, from sociology, international relations, development and politics. 

Face the legal issues in international human rights today in our LLM Human Rights and Legal Practice course.

Our LLM is designed and taught by experienced lawyers, legal professionals and human rights activists; it will provide you with the necessary foundation for the skills in the human rights field for legal practice, campaigning and advocacy. You will gain a thorough understanding of the theories, issues, and concepts under-pinning international human rights and, crucially how they are put into practice.

Suitable for legal practitioners, aspiring legal professionals, and human rights activists, this course will enable you to build upon your skillsets in project management, research, analysis, problem-solving and critical thinking within the field of human rights. This LLM programme will examine the rhetoric and reality of human rights, using an issues-based approach.  Taking an interdisciplinary and holistic approach, you will acquire a high level of specialist knowledge, informed by current thinking and debate.

With the human rights sector becoming increasingly competitive, employers are now asking for some experience as a pre-requisite. London is one of the world centres for this sort of career with most of the international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) having their headquarters there. This course will provide you with a strong academic grounding as well as the practical and vocational legal skills required for legal practice in the human rights field. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement during your degree to develop your skills. After this course, you could work for a law firm, international organisation, government department, think-tank, non-governmental organisation, or a research and development organisation.

By combining theory with practice, this course will give you both the skills and the knowledge you need for a career in the field of human rights practice, campaigning and advocacy.

You will learn how to apply your knowledge of human rights in practice and develop the practical skills that are vital for your career. You will develop your skillsets in research and analysis, strategic litigation, project management, and advocacy and campaigning skills. Problem-based and interactive learning methodologies will enable you to master key concepts and instil the ability to learn from experience, absorb and integrate new information, and act strategically.

There is also a wide range of optional modules to choose from, including economic, social and cultural rights; minority rights; business and human rights; policy and management; International Human Rights and Criminal Law; and International Development and Human Rights.

You will also have the chance to develop your skills through a placement or voluntary work giving you a chance to work on real-life projects with a London-based non-government organisation. You will have the opportunity to participate in a study tour at the United Nations Human Rights headquarters in Geneva.

Finally, you will write up a thesis on a topic that you choose, but the focus will be on a practical and applied human rights experience reflecting on real life experience and applied legal skills.

Here are examples of the modules we currently offer:

Human Rights in Practice
Human rights practitioners
Human Rights Litigation and Social Change
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Practice
Vulnerable Groups, Minorities and Indigenous Peoples
Gender, Hate and Violence
Civil Society: Policy and Management
Sociology of Human Rights
Understanding Genocide
Internship/Work Placement


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Career options

This specialised course will prepare you for many career opportunities within human rights law. You could work in human rights organisations, including international organisations such as the United Nations, the International Labour Organisation, and the International Criminal Court or for a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) specialised in human rights and social justice. Many of these organisations are headquartered in London. You could also have a career in governmental departments, diplomatic institutions, think tanks, research and development organisations, or continue your academic career. 



Entry tariff


Number of credits

LLM: 180; PGDip: 120; PGCert: 60


Social Sciences


1 (full-time), 2 (part-time)

Programme start


Tuition fees

£6,330 (2018; full-time UK/EU)
£352 per ten credits (2018; part-time UK/EU)
£14,466 (2018; full-time International)
£804 per ten credits (2018; part-time International)

Related courses

Human Rights and International Relations »

Further information

Professor Jérémie Gilbert
+44 (0) 20 8392 5071

Dr Katie Boyle
+44 (0) 20 8392 3072