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.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £10,450
  • UK/EU Part-time: £5,400
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


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.


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 A LIST AVAILABLE AT:
  • www.ucl.ac.uk/spp/teaching/masters/ma-human-rights
  • The following are suggestions:
  • Terrorism (15)
  • Republicanism and Liberalism (15)
  • Equality, Justice and Difference (15)
  • Public Ethics (15)
  • Democracy and Accountability: Holding Power to Account (15)
  • Governing Divided Societies (15)
  • Gendering the Study of Politics: Theory and Practice (15)
  • The Politics of Human Rights in Latin America: challenges to Democratisation (15)
  • Global Ethics (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:


Scholarships available for this department

Childcare Support Grant

Selection based solely on financial need.

Graduate Support Bursary

For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme . Selection based solely on financial need.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Advanced

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

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

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Advocates for International Development, Deputy Head of Partnership and Legal Services, 2010
  • Royal Commonwealth Society, Youth Programme Assistant, 2010
  • US Federal Government, Communications Outreach Specialist, 2010
  • United Nations Development Programme, Agenda Analyst, 2011
  • Save the Children International, Financial Analyst, 2011
  • European Parliament, Parliamentary Assistant, 2011
  • Ministry of Brussels, Lawyer, 2011
  • Japanese Government, Policy Developer, 2011

Employability

Graduates of the programme have secured employment in an impressive number of international, national, governmental and non-governmental institutions and organisations, including the UK Foreign Office, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman UK, British Institute for Human Rights, the European union, the COuncil of Europe, Amnesty International, ILGA, Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies. Some of our students are now human rights lawyers. Our students have also pursued PhDs and have become human rights academics.


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