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Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Political Science

Key facts

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65% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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Human Rights MA

The Human Rights MA develops the skills and theoretical tools needed to carry out human rights research. It provides an understanding of the foundations, nature, limits and implementation of human rights. Students are introduced to philosophical, legal and policy issues and encouraged to engage with them in a critical way.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students develop an understanding of the central issues and problems in the formulation, defence, development, interpretation and application of human rights instruments, law, practice and policy. They gain knowledge of central disciplines and their contribution to human rights studies, and are equipped with key research skills in human rights.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Political Science is recognised as a centre of excellence in the field. Britain's only department focused exclusively on graduate teaching and research, it offers a uniquely stimulating environment for the study of Human Rights.

Students benefit from weekly seminars featuring distinguished external speakers, and regular high-profile events for policy-makers and others.

The research preparation and tailor-made interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary training students receive is one of the highest available in the world, in one of the world's top universities, as reflected in UCL's performance in a range of rankings and tables.

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Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Theoretical Foundations of Human Rights (30)
  • International Human Rights: Standards and Institutions (15)
  • International Law and Human Rights (15)
  • Normative Methods, Legal Analysis and Research Skills (15)

Options

  • CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING 15-CREDIT MODULES:
  • Introduction to Qualitative Methods B (15)
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods (15)
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods B (15)
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods (15)

  • CHOOSE FURTHER MODULES UP TO A VALUE OF 30 CREDITS IN TOTAL FROM AN EXTENSIVE LIST AVAILABLE AT:
  • www.ucl.ac.uk/spp/teaching/masters/ma-human-rights
  • The following are suggestions:
  • Democracy and Accountability: Holding Power to Account (15)
  • Equality, Justice and Difference (15)
  • Governing Divided Societies (15)
  • Public Ethics (15)
  • Republicanism and Liberalism (15)
  • Terrorism (15)

Dissertation/report

All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme has an integrated research and teaching approach, where key and cutting edge areas are brought into the seminar room for discussion, and students are encouraged to carry out original research into these areas. Assessment is through essays, unseen examination, seminar presentations, and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university, a GPA 3.3 or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

Students develop an understanding of the central issues and problems in the formulation, defence, development, interpretation and application of human rights instruments, law, practice and policy. They gain knowledge of central disciplines and their contribution to human rights studies, and are equipped with key research skills in human rights.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Human Rights at graduate level
  • why you want to study Human Rights at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging and truly international academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Career

The Human Rights MA is a challenging, formative experience that provides the foundations for a variety of future careers. Graduates of the programme are now working in an impressive number of international, national, governmental and non-governmental institutions and organisations, including:

  • United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Amnesty International
  • British Institute for Human Rights
  • Council of Europe

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


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