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Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Legal Rights (Law)

Course type


Course Summary

The MRes Human Rights Law is a pre-doctoral training programme designed to provide a critical, research led approach to the study of aspects of human rights law together with training in the key research skills appropriate for Doctoral level study. Alongside a suite of substantive modules offered in conjunction with the School’s LLM, the programme includes core modules taken jointly with social science students from a range of disciplines across QMUL, Kings College London and Imperial College as part of the training offered by the ESRC funded London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership.

The MRes Human Rights Law is an approved pathway for ESRC funding, enabling students to apply for ESRC 1+3 funding to cover both the MRes and a PhD, and successful MRes graduates to apply subsequently for ESRC +3 funding. The MRes Human Rights Law also caters more generally for those seeking to develop their ability to apply knowledge and understanding of the area of study and is an ideal preparation for those wishing to pursue more advanced research.

Teaching is by research-oriented staff (complemented where appropriate by visiting lecturers with professional expertise), who will combine professional knowledge of their subject with a critical attitude to its delivery. Students therefore work in a challenging and supportive environment. Each module has an outline description, giving the aims, expected learning outcomes, assessment methods, outline syllabus and indication of primary reading. Modules are typically assessed by a combination of coursework and final examinations. There is a considerable variation across modules although some are wholly examined by coursework.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Introduction to Social Science Research 1: Epistemology, Research Design, and Qualitative Methods (30 Credits) - Core
Introduction to Social Science Research 2: Quantitative Methods and Data (30 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Students need to have a first class (1:1) honours degree (preferred) or very high 2:1 honours degree in law. In addition to the other mandatory supporting application documents, students must submit the following documentation: two letters of reference, at least one of which must be from an academic reference, from a staff member who taught them on their most recent course of study (normally your undergraduate degree in Law or a Law-related subject a research proposal of between 2,000 to 3,000-words.

University information

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is a leading UK and International university and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of Universities. Its history goes back to 1785, when it was originally four different colleges which have merged over the years. The University was born in London, and has five campuses in the city, but has expanded to include campuses in China, Malta and Paris. It has 26,000 students and 4,500 members of staff,...more

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