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Human Rights and Criminal Justice LLM

Human Rights and Criminal Justice LLM

Key information

Qualification type

LLM - Master of Laws

Subject areas

Criminal Law Legal Rights (Law) Law / Legal Studies Criminology Civil Law

Course type


Course Summary

The programme develops your critical thinking to study two complementary areas of law. It was designed by human rights and criminal justice experts and our academics in The School of Law. You have access to international academics with experience in Hong Kong, The South Pacific and the Centre for Criminological Research in Oxford.

  • Law is ranked 9th (The Guardian University Guide 2020)
  • You are taught by the Law School, ranked 9th in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2020)
  • Law has been taught at the university since the inauguration of Kings College in 1495 and you benefit from this very rich experience and knowledge
  • You are taught by a multinational team of experts with academic, research and industry experience

Courses include: Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship, The Politics of Human Rights, Issues in Criminal Justice, International Law – A Time of Challenges, Oil and Mining Resources for Good, Criminological Theories, International Human Rights Law, Criminal Evidence and Proof, Criminal Law, The use of Force in International Law and your Dissertation.

You gain knowledge of critical legal thinking, the politics of human rights issues in criminal justice, international law, evidence and proof and the use of force with compulsory and optional courses. You develop analytical skills, methodology, research and the ability to apply your knowledge. You are taught by international academics with expertise in both discipline areas.

You study in the School of Law. The School attracts over 40 nationalities. The School researches across several centres which include: The Centre for Commercial Law, the Centre for Constitutional and Public International Law, the Centre for Energy Law, the Centre for Private International Law, and The Centre for Scots Law You are welcome to attend seminars, events and conferences within the School and across the wider university. There are plenty of student activities to apply your skills in ‘live’ clinic sessions. Activities include: AU Lawyers without Borders, Casus Omissus: Aberdeen Law Project, European Law Student’s Association, amongst others.

The University of Aberdeen and Kings College is the 5th oldest university in the UK. It was founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495. It is “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” It provides progressive, innovative research. Many of its subjects continue to progress societal, economic and new innovations to this day. Initially aligned to the university models of Paris and Bologna, this progressive vision continues to attract international research staff and international academics. The stunning contemporary blue glass Sir Duncan Rice library offers you panoramic views over the city, beach and beyond and excellent study facilities.

Old Aberdeen is a heritage tourism attraction in the cosmopolitan city of Aberdeen. Aberdeen is one of the leading world energy hubs with over 900 related companies located in the city and over 20 FTSE companies many of whom are internationally recognised brands. The city is compact and architecturally very interesting due to its European trading past and silver granite opulence. It offers four shopping centres, restaurants for all tastes and budgets, museums, galleries, a beach, walks and plenty to do.

Different course options

Full time | University of Aberdeen | 12 months | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship - Core
Issues in Criminal Justice - Optional
Oil and Mining Resources for Good - Optional
The Politics of Human Rights - Optional
International Law: A Time of Challenges - Optional
Criminological Theories - Optional
International Human Rights Law - Core
The use of Force in International Law - Optional
Criminal Law - Optional
Criminal Evidence and Proof - Optional
Master of Law Dissertation - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have a Honours degree in Law, or another related discipline, or equivalent. Find out more about entry requirements on programme page View English Language Requirements on the programme page