LLM in Human Rights, Conflict, and Justice

Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two, three or four years (part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two-and-a-half and three days a week free to pursue their course of study.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honors degree (or equivalent) in Law

Start of programme: September intake only

The LLM programme may be completed either through one year of full-time study or two, three or four years of part-time study. All students apply to the general LLM programme but have the option of pursuing a specialized LLM.

Each LLM student is required to successfully complete 180 credits, which comprises 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit 12,000-word dissertation on a topic related to his or her specialization. Please see the 'Structure' tab for full information.

Examinations for all taught modules will be held in May/June of each year and the dissertation will be due for submission during September of the final year of registration. The assessment for each module may vary.

Please note that Dr. Lutz Oette will convene the programme during Term 1, and Dr. Catherine Jenkins during Terms 2 & 3.


Students must take modules to a total value of 180, consisting of a dissertation (60 credits) and 120 credits of taught modules. Taught modules are worth either 15 or 30 credits.

Students who wish to graduate with a specialised LLM are required to take at least 60 credits associated with his or her specialised LLM, a further 30 credits within the School of Law (General Law Postgraduate Taught Module List), and a final 30 unit which can either be taken within the School of Law or from the Language Open Options or Non-Language Open Options pages with the LLM Programme Convenor’s permission. The dissertation topic will be undertaken within the LLM specialization.

Please note: Not all modules listed will be available every year. Please see the individual module page for information.

Specialist Module List (at least 60 credits to be taken)

  • Anatomy of a Human Rights Emergency: Case Study of Darfur 15PLAH060 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Foundations of Comparative Law 15PLAH031 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Foundations of International Law 15PLAH021 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Law: Selected Topics 15PLAH061 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Law: Theories and Methodologies 15PLAH062 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Human Rights and Islamic Law 15PLAC150 (30credits) Full Year
  • Human Rights of Women 15PLAH065 (15 credits) Term 2
  • International Criminal Law 15PLAH055 (15 credits) Term 2
  • International Human Rights Clinic 15PLAC145 (30credits) Full Year
  • International Protection of Human Rights 15PLAC119 (30credits) Full Year
  • Justice, Reconciliation, and Reconstruction in Post-Conflict Societies 15PLAH040 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Law and Policy of International Courts and Tribunals 15PLAH026 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Law and Society in Southeast Asia 15PLAH049 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Law, Human Rights and Peace Building: The Israeli-Palestinian Case 15PLAC133 (30credits) Full Year
  • Law, Rights & Social Change 15PLAH064 (15 credits) Term 2
  • The Law of Armed Conflict 15PLAH022 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Law, Rights and Society in Taiwan 15PLAH058 (15 credits) Term 2
  • International Refugee and Migration Law 15PLAH057 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Law and Postcolonial Theory 15PLAH050 (15 credits) Term 1

Non-Law Options

  • Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law 15PGNH005 (15 credits) Term 1

General Law Postgraduate Module List

An additional 30 credits must be taken from the School of Law General Postgraduate Taught Module List or the Specialism Module List above.

Postgraduate Open Option Modules

A final 30 credits must be taken from the SOAS Open Option Module list, or from the General Law Postgraduate Module List above or from the Specialism Module List.


Dissertation (12,000 words), on a topic related to the specialism of the degree

  • LLM Dissertation in Law 15PLAD178 (60credits) Full Year
Program taught in:
  • English

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