SOAS University of London

School of Law

MA in Human Rights Law

duration:
One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£13,230
Overseas fees:
£18,550

This is a Band 5 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

  • Upper second class honours preferably in a related discipline

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

The MA in Human Rights Law allows students to study human rights law, its application and relevance to a broad range of areas and legal issues, including Islamic law, Chinese law, gender, international law, conflict and labour law. All SOAS modules are designed not only to introduce students to the general fields of law, but also to provide an understanding of how generic legal structures and processes may operate in non-Western social and cultural settings. All teachers on modules offered at SOAS are experts in their designated field. Many have years of experience advising governments, international organisations or non-governmental organisation, and many also have been or continue to be legal practitioners.

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Structure

To facilitate the study of law, all MA students are required to attend a two-week Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning and Legal Methods in the September before beginning the MA programme.

Every student will be required to take modules equivalent to four (4.0) full units including the dissertation. Students who wish to graduate with a specialised MA are required to take at least two (2.0) of the three (3.0) taught units within their chosen specialism. The third unit can be chosen from either the general Law Postgraduate Modules List or the following courses associated with the Human Rights specialisation:

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

Full Module Units (1.0)
 Half Module Units (0.5)        
 Dissertation (1.0)
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Chinese Constitutionalism 15PLAH043 0.5 Unit Term 2
Foundations of Comparative Law 15PLAH031 0.5 Unit Term 1
Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law 15PGNH005 0.5 Unit Term 2
Human Rights and Islamic Law 15PLAC150 1 Unit Full Year
Human Rights in The Developing World 15PLAC111 1 Unit Full Year
Human Rights of Women 15PLAC112 1 Unit Full Year
International Protection of Human Rights 15PLAC119 1 Unit Full Year
Justice, Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Post Conflict Societies 15PLAC123 1 Unit Full Year
Law and Society in Southeast Asia 15PLAH049 0.5 Unit Term 2
Law, Human Rights and Peace Building: The Israeli-Palestinian Case 15PLAC133 1 Unit Full Year
Migration, Gender and The Law in South East Asia and Beyond 15PLAH023 0.5 Unit Term 2
Modern Chinese Law and Institutions 15PLAC139 1 Unit Full Year
The Law of Armed Conflict 15PLAH022 0.5 Unit Term 1
International Criminal Law 15PLAH055 0.5 Unit Term 1
Law and Human Rights in China 15PLAH054 0.5 Unit Term 1

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Knowledge & Understanding
  • Students will acquire specialist knowledge of human rights law internationally.
  • This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, knowledge and understanding of the following:
    1. the theoretical and practical underpinnings of human rights law internationally;
    2. the context in which law is made, interpreted, adjudicated, and amended;
    3. the role played bylaw,particularly human rights law indifferent situations at the national, regional and international level;
    4. the role and function of legal institutions in dealing with human rights;
    5. the weight and significance of different sources and methodologies.
  • Students will develop knowledge of how to locate relevant materials and assess their relevance and/or importance.
 Intellectual (thinking) Skills
  • Students should develop rigor in analysis and assessment of legal arguments.
  • Students should develop the ability to understand, summarise and critically assess differing perspectives on theoretical debates.
  • Students should develop independence of thought and the confidence to challenge the accepted wisdom.
  • Students should learn to identify issues and formulate questions for further research through independent work.
  • Students will be encouraged to bring to bear their own previous experience and knowledge in addressing legal issues in an interdisciplinary manner.
 Subject-based Practical Skills

The programme will help students develop the ability to:

  • Write clear research essays and dissertations.
  • Research in a variety of specialized research libraries and institutes and online,and retrieve, sift and select information from a variety of sources.
  • Present seminar papers and defend the arguments therein.
  • Discuss ideas introduced during seminars.
  • Develop essay and dissertation research questions.
  • Read legal source materials rapidly and critically.
  • Present legal arguments in moots and debates.
 
Transferable Skills

The programme will enable students to:

  • Communicate effectively in writing.
  • Structure and communicate ideas and arguments effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Read and comprehend significant quantities of reading rapidly and effectively and develop critical faculties.
  • Find and use a variety of written and digital materials, especially legal materials, in libraries and research institutes.
  • Present (non – assessed)material orally.
  • Develop teamwork skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 5 tuition fee.

The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-time Part-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 YearsLLM only 4 Years                     
UK/EU StudentsOverseas StudentsUK/EU StudentsOverseas StudentsUK/EU StudentsOverseas StudentsUK/EU StudentsOverseas Students
£13,230 £18,550 £6,615 £9,275 £4,410 £6,183 £3,308 £4,638

Employment

Graduate Destinations

How does a degree in Law help with my career?

The Law department at SOAS provides students a thorough, specialist knowledge of comparative law, human rights, environmental law and international law.  Students also develop a range of skills valued by many employers including: critical judgment skills; problem-solving skills; the ability to formulate sound arguments; and the ability to interpret and explain complex information clearly.  

Who do graduates work for?

SOAS Law graduates have gone on to pursue careers directly related to law, or used their skills and expertise to get take up professional and management careers in both the private and public sectors.  The Law degree programmes have also enabled graduates to continue in the field of research either at SOAS or other institutions.

Destination of 2014 graduates

All postgraduate students are contacted 6 months after graduation (so for postgraduate students this is in April) to find out what they were doing - working, studying or something else, such as travelling. This data is added to the Undergraduate survey the following January and we receive the data in the summer (i.e. approximately 18 months after graduation). Here is the latest information from the 116 known destinations of the 2014 UK, EU and International Postgraduate and research degrees within the department

Graduate Destinations - postgraduate

Example employers

Adam Smith International

Grant Thornton

Asylum Access

Holland & Knight

British Council

Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI)

Department for International Development (DFID)

Max Planck Institute for European Legal History

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

UNHCR (United Nations High Comissioner for Refugees)

Example occupations

Associate Human Rights Officer

Legal Researcher

Asylum Specialist

Monitoring and Evaluation Associate

Corporate Commercial Lawyer

Policy Officer

In-House Legal Counsel

Post-doctoral Researcher

Law Trainee

Senior Resettlement Adviser

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A Student's Perspective

From a personal experience, I can confirm that today’s employers become extremely impressed with you if you have a law degree from SOAS, as it provides you with the necessary intellect needed for today’s globalised world.

Hirra Hayat

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