Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £11,190 (FT) £5,195 (PT)
- £18,670 (FT) £9,285 (PT)
As a minimum, a strong upper second-class (65%) Bachelor's degree from a UK university; a CGPA of 3.45; or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant practical or work experience in a related field may also be taken into account.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:
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.
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).
- International Law and Human Rights (30)
- International Human Rights: Standards and Institutions (15)
- Theoretical Foundations of Human Rights (15)
- Normative Methods, Legal Analysis and Research Skills (15)
- Choose one of the following 15-credit modules
- Introduction to Qualitative Methods (15)
- Advanced Qualitative Methods (15)
- Introduction to Quantitative Methods (15)
- Advanced Quantitative Methods (15)
- Choose further modules up to a value of 30 credits in total from a list available at:
- The following are suggestions:
- Terrorism (15)
- War, Peace, Human Rights and International Law (15)
- Equality, Justice and Difference (15)
- The Ethics of Poverty (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)
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.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
- UK, EU, Overseas students
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
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
- Advocates for International Development Amnesty International
- British Institute for Human Rights
- Council of Europe
- European Parliament
- International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association
- Japanese Government
- Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies
- Royal Commonwealth Society
- Save the Children
- UK Foreign Office
- UN Development Programme
- Universal Rights Group
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.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL Political Science is recognised as a centre of excellence in the field and 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. Each year the students have the opportunity to participate in a study trip to Geneva to visit the United Nations Human Rights Institutions and meet human rights practitioners.
The research preparation and tailor-made interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary training students receive are of the highest standard available at one of the world's top universities, as reflected in UCL's performance in a range of rankings and tables.
Student / staff ratios › 32 staff › 525 taught students › 40 research students
Department: Political Science
Application and next steps
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?
The programme is suitable for graduates with an interest in human rights, who wish to develop a career in this field, or use the MA as a foundation for further research.
- All applicants
- 2 September 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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