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Transnational Rights and Security LLM

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This course is currently suspending applications. The next expected cohort is September 2022. Please email pgstudy@northampton.ac.uk to register your interest.

Societies in the twenty first century are constantly changing and the internal and external threats and opportunities to rights and justice are always evolving. As a Law team, we place great importance on equipping our students to be ready to help tackle these threats, and take advantages of these opportunities. Our new LLM course in Transnational Rights and Security is a perfect opportunity for you to develop your understanding of the key contemporary international legal issues, as well as identifying potential solutions on a national, international and transnational scale.

The course will help you to identify the ways in which organisations can tackle these issues and the contribution to the management of international human rights. This LLM programme will empower you to actively apply your own lived experiences and to critically develop by reflecting on the experiences of others. It will be delivered via student-centred, active learning to equip you with the skills needed to make a positive contribution to change in society.


Updated 12/03/2021


While studying for this LLM degree, you can be assured that your learning and study experience will be facilitated and led by our dedicated lecturers. With specialist knowledge in Organised Crime, Human Rights, National Security and the interactions between these areas, you can expect to develop in your areas of expertise and be motivated to make an impact within your future career.

You can also expect to put your study to practice, with the incorporation of your own personal experiences. Having a greater awareness of how national, international and regional law work in conjunction to each other can support your practice further.


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Course Content

  • It is key to identify that the importance of balancing rights and security is very much a global 21st century issue.

    The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime considers transnational organised crime to be changing and flexible, and capable of taking advantage of the increased levels of globalization. This makes it more than a national priority, and so understanding how international, regional and national organisations are attempting to tackle the issue is a crucial step.

    It must be balanced with international human rights provisions, and the overlap into terrorism brings into play national security strategies which, in turn have to be balanced with religious sensitivity. All of this is conducted in an environment where illicit firearms have been responsible for over a million deaths between 2012 and 2016 (Small Arms Survey, 2017).

    As students studying law on this LLM Transnational Rights and Security course, you will explore and develop practical and academic  skills in all of these areas.

    List of modules
      • Module code: LAWM040
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the nature and operation of `public international law? focusing on issues around the status of international law operation of the UN and the use of force. We will explore the rights and responsibilities enjoyed by the subjects of international law
      • Module code: LAWM041
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to critically analyse the meaning and scope of the concept of national security responses of States and non-State actors to threats to the national security of States and other entities and the impact on human rights of these threats and responses.
      • Module code: LAWM046
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to allow students to develop practice and exhibit the skills gained from previous study through the researching and writing of a dissertation in a chosen law-related topic. The module allows students to demonstrate coherent detailed and analytical knowledge of that topic.
      • Module code: LAWM049
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to analyse the threats posed to legitimate societies by Transnational Organised Crime (TOC). This will be examined in the context of the legal responses to TOC with specific focus on national regional and global institutional and legislative frameworks.
      • Module code: LAWM050
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to critically examine illicit firearms the legal frameworks which exist to control it and its connections with crime in particular with organized crime terrorism and insurgency.
      • Module code: LAWM051
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to analyse how effectively European and international law recognizes protects and enforces human rights standards. This will be examined in the context of specific legal documents and contemporary human rights issues such as genocide socio-economic rights and terrorism.
      • Module code: LAWM052
        Status: Compulsory
        The aim of this module is to explore the mulit-facted intersections between law and religion. It will critically engage with theories on different religions including its role within the public sphere. Examples of contentious religious matters in municipal European and International settings will be discussed to evaluate religious rights
  • Applicants should have a good single honours degree. Applicants who do not meet the standard LLM law entry requirements but have relevant professional and personal experience and the potential to achieve the academic standard are also encouraged to apply.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) for study at postgraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK: £7,470
    • International: £14,000

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • Home/EU: £7,425
    • International: £13,750
    Postgraduate Loans

    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 20/21 you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan Student Finance England.

  • Our graduate discount scheme is open to graduates of the University of Northampton who enrol on a full master’s programme with us.

    Qualifying students will receive 20% discount on the full tuition fee for their Master’s course.

    *Find out if you are eligible for 20% fee discount by visiting our webpage.

  • What are transnational rights and security?

    Security and human rights are both well-established fields of study, both of which can be conceptualised nationally, regionally, internationally, or globally. Neither area exists in a vacuum, and both impact, and are impacted by, issues such as international criminality, religious intolerance and border control. Our focus on transnational rights and security allows us to take aholistic view of these areas, and explore the linkages between them.

    How will I be assessed?

    The course will be assessed through a mixture of methods. You will have time constrained pieces of work, which allow you to enhance your skills within strict operational time limits.

    You will also submit research plans, allowing for the development of effective research strategies within your time of study and development. There will also be longer pieces of written work, and a dissertation, giving you the opportunity to explore a topic in more depth.

    Finally, you will produce individual and group  presentations within the course providing the opportunity to improve and develop core research and communication skills.

    Are there any special features on this course?

    Several members of the law team are actively involved in research relating to this programme:

    • Simon Sneddon and Nick Cartwright are contributing chapters to a forthcoming Routledge book on Firearms Crime (which is also being co-edited by Simon);
    • Kelly-Ann Cannon’s PhD research focuses on the legal issues around religion;
    • Simon is also a member of the International Association for the Study of Organised Crime (IASOC).

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Careers and Employability

For career prospects following this postgraduate law course, graduates from our LLM courses have previously gone on to begin a career in Law in the following roles:

  • Export Executive
  • Research Associate
  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Police Officer
  • PA to Director of a charity
  • Lecturer
  • Securities and Investigations
  • Conveyancer
  • Charity Director
  • Group Legal Director