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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

There is an increased demand for criminal justice to align with human rights laws globally and this programme gives you the opportunity to study both discipline areas to understand how they interplay with each other and what can result as a consequence of each discipline area and its interplay on the other. You are taught by international teaching staff who bring with them specialisms in criminal justice and procedure and research from universities in Oxford, Hong Kong and the South Pacific.

The programme gives you solid knowledge within 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. This programme gives you solid knowledge, analytical skills, methodology, research and application of your knowledge. You study different situations and cases in regions and countries around the world.

The Law School attracts over 40 nationalities, and 97% of students would recommend the course to others. The School provides several research centres across disciplines and further groups to give you comprehensive knowledge across all legal areas. The School attracts visiting lecturers, events and seminars and holds its own student led projects to practice law in the community.

Human Rights is increasingly becoming a subject of both national and international importance, with many countries now endeavouring to ensure that their legal systems embody a full respect for citizens’ human rights and the growth of international protocols. This has led to the establishment of the International Criminal Court, those securing the rights of minority populations and indigenous groups, and the creation of international conventions designed to tackle Human Trafficking.

Criminal Justice has long been an important area for study and is still developing fast particularly in the international arena. There is increased worldwide interest in ensuring that criminal justice systems comply with human rights requirements in order to ensure that states’ implementation and enforcement of the criminal law, through investigation, trial and punishment, respect the civil liberties of citizens accused of crime.

The University of Aberdeen and Kings College is the 5th oldest university in the UK. It was founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495 in the ‘pursuit of truth’ to provide progressive, innovative research. Many of its subjects continue to progress societal, economic and new innovations to this day. Initially aligned to the universities of Paris and Bologna this progressive vision continues to attract international research staff and international academics. You study in a stunning blue glass Sir Duncan Rice library with panoramic views over the city, beach and beyond.

Old Aberdeen is a heritage tourism attraction in its own right in the cosmopolitan city of Aberdeen. Aberdeen is one of the leading world energy hubs with over 900 internationally recognised brands located in the city. 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.

You are within easy distance of Royal Deeside, The Cairngorms National Park, trains to Inverness and on to the Highlands and major cities of Scotland.

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You are taught by the Law School, ranked 10th in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2018)
  • 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

Different course options

Full time | University of Aberdeen | 12 months | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



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

Tuition fees

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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

University information

The University of Aberdeen is 5th oldest university in the UK and 3rd oldest university in Scotland. It was founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495 to provide academic learning across many of the subjects it teaches and researches today. Aberdeen attracts over 3,500 postgraduate students internationally, studying on campus and online. There are 12 schools: Business School Divinity, History and Philosophy Education Language,...more

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