At Norway’s Buskerud and Vestfold University College, students can receive an MSc in Human Rights and Multiculturalism through a 2-year, full-time master’s program at the Drammen campus. This program takes an interdisciplinary approach to prep students to work in a variety of career fields, including government, non-profit, education, research, private corporations, and media. Classes focus on human rights in regards to cultural diversity, with topics such as globalization, migration, civil wars, nation-building, and more. In addition to interdisciplinary research, students will be qualified to continue in academic research in these fields. Tuition is free but scholarships are occasionally offered to cover living expenses and travel.
The University of Oslo’s MPhil Theory and Practice of Human Rights is a 2-year, full-time program that gives students the opportunity to study human rights from legal, political, social science, philosophical, and historical-based perspectives. Courses all center on human rights, including various approaches, regional focuses, methodology, practice, and more. Students participate in internships, discussions, and mock trials in addition to their course work. As part of their final piece to the program, students complete a master thesis that brings together methodology and practice in human rights. Tuition to this program is free.
Abo Akademi University’s Institute for Human Rights and Department of Law offer a 2-year, full-time MSc International Human Rights Law program. Based on campus in Turku, Finland, this master’s program equips students to work in various human rights careers including public administration, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations. Course topics vary from women’s rights to refugees to war to humanitarian law. In addition to courses, students also complete a research seminar and a master thesis. Tuition for students from EU/EEA countries is free. Starting in 2017, tuition fees are 10,000€ for non-EU/EEA countries. Scholarships are available for tuition-paying students, including a full tuition scholarship plus living expenses, a full tuition scholarship, and a tuition scholarship covering half of the tuition costs.
The LLM International Human Rights Law degree at Lund University in Lund, Sweden is a 2-year, full-time program that seeks to prepare students to work in law firms, international organizations, courts, private companies, and various other sectors working within the field of human rights. Students will take several courses focusing on aspects of human rights law and hear from guest speakers and lecturers with extensive expertise and experience in human rights. Past speakers even include a former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel peace prize winner Shirin Ebadi. Tuition is free for EEA students and $27,588 for non-EEA students. Lund University does offer several scholarships for international students to cover tuition fees.
The University of Oslo in Norway offers an LLM in Public International Law, a 1 ½ year master’s program with options for four programs: Public International Law and PIL with specializations in International Criminal and Humanitarian Law; International Environmental and Energy Law; International Trade, Investment and Commercial Law; and Human Rights. This full-time, on-campus program is divided into three 30-credit semesters, with the final semester focusing specifically on a master thesis. In addition to courses, students will have opportunities to engage with issues through lunches, guest lectures, and seminars that highlights expert scholars and practitioners. Tuition is free for all applicants.
This two-year Social Work and Human Rights international master’s programme at the University of Gothenburg focuses on the intersection between social work and human rights. By intertwining the two fields, the aim is to provide students with a unique perspective on human rights issues and social development in all levels of society. Students with a degree in Social Work and/or Human Rights are favored in competition with students with degrees in related subjects. (This only applies to students from countries where it is possible to obtain a degree in Social Work and/or Human Rights.) Tuition to this program is free.