Welcome to Oxford University’s Master’s Programme in International Human Rights Law. The course is offered jointly by the Department for Continuing Education and the Faculty of Law. It is conducted on a part-time basis over 22 months and includes two periods of distance learning via the internet as well as two summer sessions held at New College, Oxford.

The degree programme is designed in particular for lawyers and other human rights advocates who wish to pursue advanced studies in international human rights law but may need to do so alongside work responsibilities. A central objective of the course is to ensure that our students not only know but can also use human rights law. The curriculum places roughly equal emphasis on the substance of human rights law, its implementation and research.

Our students so far have come from 82 countries. The faculty is also diverse and includes internationally recognised human rights scholars and advocates.

For historical reasons, Oxford University does not offer an LLM degree. The standard one-year post-graduate degree at Oxford in the social sciences, including Law, is the Master of Studies (MSt). The MSt is roughly equivalent to an LLM but involves somewhat more assessed work than most LLM programmes in International Human Rights Law.

Admissions are open until 12 noon UK time (midday) on Friday 20 January 2017 for the course starting in September 2017. For further information please see our Admissions pages.

We hope you will find this website and the degree programme of interest.

Dr Andrew Shacknove
Director of International Human Rights Law Programmes and Associate Professor of Law University of Oxford.