‘Middlesex is a great place. It’s a real pleasure to come here for real conversations. I find a place that is very engaged and engaging. These are people who are not living in an ivory tower but are really part of the community, part of the society around them.’ Shami Chakrabarti CBE, Director of Liberty, the leading British civil liberties advocacy organisation.
Studying on this programme gives you an opportunity to complete a qualifying law degree while also focusing on campaigning and educational aspects of human rights. As well as fulfilling the requirements of students who wish to train towards general legal practice, the LLB Law with Human Rights is especially suitable for students interested in pursuing a career in one of the many rights-related organisations to be found in the UK and internationally (e.g. NGOs and charities, as well as other civil society bodies, specialising in advocacy, protection, public information and education).
Few higher education institutions are more qualified to combine teaching with engagement in the practice of human rights law than Middlesex. The School of Law is home to leading academic figures in the field, including world-renowned expert Professor William Schabas and the Dean of Law, Professor Joshua Castellino, among others.
One of the School's research centres, the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), conducts international human rights litigation at the European Court of Human Rights with its partners in in Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine, and the School organises a joint training programme in human rights with Matrix Chambers. This rich and socially influential professional experience shapes the degree programme.
As part of this course, students are eligible for related internship and work-based learning opportunities, including in institutions of many different types with which the School has close professional links. Students will have use of original council chambers featuring judge's bench and public gallery for mooting and lectures.
As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.
Since this programme leads to a qualifying law degree, students take nine obligatory modules: English Legal System, Legal Method, Public Law, Contract Law, Criminal Law, European Union Law, Tort Law, Land Law, and Equity and Trusts. In addition, you choose other modules on a range of contemporary human rights topics and issues, taught by our most professionally engaged and influential law academics.
Human Rights law is fast becoming the foundation on which national, regional and international legal systems are constructed. Engaging with this specialism not only provides an understanding of fundamental challenges facing society, but offers practical insight into how legal policy is formulated, implemented and challenged. In addition, studying human rights will help you understand strategies in effective advocacy that apply beyond the world of law in a range of professional and social settings.
Year One: Public Law; Contract Law; English Legal Systems; Legal Method
Year Two: UK and European Human Rights; European Union Law; Criminal Law; Tort
Year Three: Land Law; Equity and Trusts; International Human Rights Law; plus one optional module chosen from a list including Public International Law; Employment Law; Child and Family Law; Immigration, Nationality and Asylum Law; and Humanitarianism and Human Rights. Advanced Mooting and Advocacy and Strategic Lawyering are two further optional modules limited to 16 students selected by the programme team.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminar discussion and task-based workshops. Emphasis is placed on the practice of law in different legal settings within any given legal system, as well as on legal practice in different jurisdictions: regional, national, and international. Experts in the School attract frequent world-class scholars and practitioners as visitors, who give lectures and engage with students during such visits.
You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, extended essays, examinations and mooting (i.e. advocacy in simulated appeal hearings).
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or higher
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course requires you to have an interview. We use the interview to allow us to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests and to explore why you want to study the subject with us. Full details of the interview process will be provided when you apply.
For students primarily interested in a career in legal practice, this course fulfils the standard undergraduate degree requirement for progressing to professional qualification as a barrister or solicitor. Alongside this established career track, the programme equips graduates with more nuanced understanding of the connection between legal systems and political structures, including structures of inequality and moments of opportunity.
Students who complete the programme are well prepared for pursuing career options in legal practice and in the criminal justice system, as well for employment in national and international policy setting, in commentating professions such as journalism, and in advocacy roles within and beyond the legal profession.
As part of this course, students are eligible for related internship and work-based learning opportunities, including in institutions with which the School has close professional links such as the United Nations and a wide range of NGOs, campaigning and advocacy bodies (including EHRAC), and global union federations, both in the UK and internationally on several continents.
This degree award is accredited and recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB). It satisfies the entry requirements for the Legal Practice Course (if you are an aspiring solicitor) and the Bar Professional Training Course (if you are an aspiring barrister).
Our Employability Service will support you in developing the skills that employers are seeking and help you gain valuable work experience in your chosen field. It provides workshops, events and one-to-one support related to job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews and networking.
It can also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships and volunteering opportunities, while the Enterprise Development Hub aims to help entrepreneurial students launch their own business ventures.
Here are just a few examples of the types of careers and organisations that you could work in after graduating with us:
Barrister; solicitor; journalist; and civil servant. Employment is also possible in a range of capacities in international organisations; NGOs; charitable bodies; and the criminal justice system – all of these internationally, as well as in the UK.