The Human Rights MA enables you to explore the history, status and scope of human rights.
Optional modules allow you to tailor the course to your own interests. The dissertation gives you the chance to study an area of interest in greater depth and gain valuable research skills.
You will have the opportunity to undertake a placement in a human rights agency as part of the course, giving you valuable practical experience (read more in the Links with business and industry section).
The course has been developed in collaboration with a number of organisations committed to the defence and extension of human rights.
Much of the curriculum is issue- or case-based, compiled on an annual basis. This enables you to focus on major contemporary concerns in the field.
Some of the teaching material will be compiled on a yearly basis, with readers combining academic selections with recent current empirical data to maintain a focus on pressing contemporary issues.
Teaching staff are human rights practitioners or research-active, which keeps your learning cutting edge (read more in the Who teaches this course section).
The taught modules aim to prepare you for the job market. Alongside your academic studies, you gain skills in:
problem solving and organisation;
data collation, review and synopsis;
communication (oral, written and electronic);
co-operation and teamwork.
The course is ideal if you have a personal or professional interest in human rights. It can help you start or promote a career in areas such human rights advocacy, policy or communication, as well as conversion to law to work in direct representation.
It also provides an excellent foundation for MPhil/PhD-level study.
This course is available on a part-time basis to help you fit your studies around other commitments.