MA Human Rights and Multi-level Governance

University of Padova, Italy

24 months On Campus 1000 / 1000 MA

The MA provides students with the knowledge and the competences required to protect and promote human rights in multi-level governance contexts, locally to internationally. Students develop the capabilities and skills necessary to analyse, assess and manage complex political and socio-economic phenomena and their impact on the fundamental rights of all persons, mainly the most vulnerable ones.

The scientific and value-based paradigm adopted is rooted in the principles of the international law of human rights, according to a trans-national and trans-cultural approach. The course is inherently multi-disciplinary and nurtures students’ interdisciplinary abilities. The MA is on campus.
MA graduates acquire skills enabling them to plan and manage training, education and communication projects in areas such as human rights, peace, intercultural dialogue, non-discrimination, in accordance with the UN, UNESCO, EU and Council of Europe’s standards and guidelines. Specific job positions suitable for MA graduates are listed here:

The normal duration of the course is two years and requires 120 university credits (or CFUs). The Master degree in Human Rights and Multi-level Governance will be awarded upon completion of the course. All teaching courses are taught in English. Information about tuition fees, scholarships and tax relief schemes are presented at

The MA organises a study trip to the main locations of Human Rights International organizations. In the last years, the location of the Study trip has been Geneva: students had meetings and debates with UN staff, NGOs and independent experts. Another study trip is organised to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. In the last two years, selected students of the MA have participated in the Winter School “Microfinance in Action” in Nepal.

The MA offers to enrolled students the Padova Human Rights Laboratory – a periodic cycle of seminars with field experts, international organisations’ officers, diplomats and scholars closely related to the subjects addressed during classes – and several mobility opportunities in Europe and beyond, as listed at:

Internship Legal Clinic Fieldtrip Scholarships

About the university

The University of Padova, established in 1222, is one of the largest universities in Italy, with more than 65,000 students and about 5,000 professors, lecturers and other personnel. The MA is supervised by the Department of Political Science, Law and International Studies, and is part of the School of Economics and Political Science of such University. It is supported by the Human Rights Centre of the University of Padova, created in 1982, which hosts the UNESCO Chair in “Human Rights, Democracy and Peace”, the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence “Intercultural Dialogue, Human Rights and Multi-level Governance” and the Peace Human Rights Archive of the Region of Veneto.

About the location

The city of Padova lies at the heart of north-east Italy and is the powerhouse behind one of Europe’s largest economic and industrial regions, with more than 7 million inhabitants and 600,000 firms. It is a city which blends historical tradition and culture with burgeoning business and service industries. Its location makes it perfect for reaching Venice and its beach resorts, the Dolomites, Lake Garda and the spa resorts of Abano and Montegrotto Terme.