University of Oxford

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Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law (MSt 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 2 academic years 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.

Location: Oxford, UK.

Single Diploma.

Language: English.

Number of Places/Students per year: c. 30.

Start Date: September 2019.

Duration: 2 years – distance learning with two full-time summer residential sessions held in Oxford. First summer July-August (five weeks), second summer July-August (four weeks).

Price/Fee: £13,480 for both UK/EU and overseas students.

Scholarships: There are over 1,000 full graduate scholarships available across the University, and these cover your course fees and provide a grant for living costs. If you apply by the relevant January deadline and fulfil the eligibility criteria you will be automatically considered. Over two thirds of Oxford scholarships require nothing more than the standard course application. For more information on the application process, please see the official website [EN].

Accommodation: There is a wide range of accommodation available in Oxford for graduate students, provided both by the University and its colleges and by the private sector. Living in college provides a welcoming sense of community, and facilities like the library, dining hall and common room are all close. ‘Living out’ may mean being in a property owned by college, or you may have to rent a flat of your own. Being in your own accommodation often creates a much greater sense of independence, and you will be able to live with your friends. Students often live in areas such as Cowley and Jericho, and the University Accommodation Office is a useful way to find properties. For more information, please see the official website [EN].

Application Process:

Applicants are normally expected to have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in any relevant subject. Applicants with a lower second-class (2.2) degree or a GPA lower than 3.0 are unlikely to be admitted. This is the case even if you took your degree long ago, have extensive experience or hold a senior position. The degree is designed primarily for early and mid-career lawyers and the majority of admitted students have a legal background and experience of international human rights law. However, in certain circumstances, applications from persons with degrees in other subjects who have extensive human rights experience will be considered.

  1. Deadlines: 25 January 2019 (12 noon UK time);
  • September 2019 – start of 2019-20 academic year.
  1. Required documents:
  • Official transcript(s) – providing detailed information of the individual grades received in your university-level qualifications to date. You should only upload official documents issued by your institution and any transcript not in English should be accompanied by a certified translation. For more information, follow this link [EN];
  • CV/résumé;
  • Personal statement (up to 500 words);
  • References/letters of recommendation (three overall, academic and/or professional).
  1. Additional documents for Non-EU/EEA: not specified.
  2. Supplements: none.
  3. Application fee: £75 unless you are eligible for a fee waiver.

Programme structure

Courses:

  • Compulsory:
    • Year 1 – Fundamentals of International Human Rights Law (distance-taught, September-May), Advanced reading for your first summer residence (distance-taught, May-June), two seminars chosen by students from list of available classes (July-August, Oxford);
    • Year 2 – Dissertation research and writing (distance-taught, September-April), Advanced reading for second summer residence (distance-taught, May-June), two seminars chosen by students from list of available classes (July-August, Oxford).
  • Optional: students have to choose two seminars from a select list.
  • Thesis: mandatory, representing 30% of the degree.
  • Internship: not required for graduation. 

LL.M Contact:

Address: The Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, St Cross Building, St Cross Road, Oxford OX1 3UL, UK.

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (International Human Rights Law Administrator).

Telephone: +44 (0) 1865 270281.

Website: https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/mst-international-human-rights-law [EN].

 

By Vladimir Griga