PGCert International Human Rights Law


Program Description


Knowledge of the international human rights system has become an essential requirement for those working to improve human rights around the world. This distance-learning programme has been designed to allow you to study part-time to fit around your commitments.

You will be provided with a thorough grounding in human rights law and systems, as well as the opportunity to pursue more specialist interests such as the rights of the child and international criminal law.

This course is designed to ensure that you obtain a sound theoretical understanding of human rights law, as well as the latest knowledge of how international human rights standards and systems operate in practice.

The course is supported by the Human Rights Law Centre, which is led by Professor David Harris and Professor Dominic McGoldrick.

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Course details

You will complete 30 credits of core modules and a further 30 credits from a choice of optional modules.


This course is predominantly delivered by distance learning and designed to be studied part-time to fit around your commitments. For each module, you will be provided with extensive materials including basic text, case studies, further reading and self-test questions.

You will have access to a reading pack of core academic articles for each module. All material is provided online, and there will be academic support and a discussion forum for each module.

Intensive residential sessions

There will be one intensive residential weekend held at the University of Nottingham. This provides the opportunity to develop your understanding through traditional face-to-face teaching (lectures, seminars and workshops). These will be delivered mainly by academic staff from the University of Nottingham, with some sessions also presented by guest lecturers.

The intensive teaching sessions constitute an important element of the programme, helping to ensure it is of the same high quality as the school's full-time programmes. You are strongly encouraged to attend, although this is not compulsory.

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in law, humanities or social sciences; applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience also considered

IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.5 in writing and reading, and 6.0 in speaking and listening)


Providing advanced training in international human rights law, this course provides the opportunity to enhance your experience and career prospects in this field.

Last updated February 2019

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