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5 Action Oriented Human Rights Study Programs

Human Rights Advocacy, L.L.M. (University of East London)

The University of East London the United Kingdom offers a Master of Laws degree program in Human Rights Advocacy. Students have the option to complete the program in one year with full-time study or two years studying part time. A self-designed program, the course of study allows students to pick and choose course modules that match their specific interests and career goals. The program culminates with a master’s dissertation or a work-based project related to human rights advocacy. To qualify for admission, students must have a minimum honors degree in social sciences, law or humanities, with a C grade average minimum in English and mathematics.

Applied Human Rights, MA (University of York)

The Univerity of York, United Kingdom, offers a Master of Arts degree program in Applied Human Rights. With full-time study, the course requirements can be completed within 1 year. A two-year part-time version of the program is also available. Students complete courses related specifically to human rights as well as social sciences, politics, social work, education and women’s studies. All students have the opportunity to participate in an international field trip to South Africa that involves working alongside NGO workers and human rights advocates in the field. To be considered for the program, students must hold a bachelor’s degree in any field and have at least 3 years of work or volunteer experience related to human rights.

Human Rights and Humanitarian Action, MA (SciencesPo)

Sciences Po in Paris, France, offers a Master of Arts Degree program in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action. A full-time course of study, the program takes 2 years to complete. During the first year, students complete courses in philosophy, history, sociology and anthropology. Then, students choose to specialize in either human rights or humanitarian actions and complete additional coursework. Admission to the program is highly competitive. Only students with a strong record of academic excellence, well-defined career and research goals and an honors bachelor’s degree will be considered for the program. Fluency in English as evidenced by TOELF or IELTS scores is also mandatory.

Human Rights Education, MA (University of San Francisco)

The University of San Francisco, California, United States, offers a Master of Arts degree in Human Rights Education. Students spend 2 years completing the coursework for the program in an on-campus setting. All students take three mandatory classes: International Human Rights Law for Educators; Human Rights Education: Pedagogy and Praxis; and Human Rights Education: History, Philosophy and Current Debates. Elective courses and the completion of a master’s thesis are also required for the degree. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and have a minimum 2.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale to be considered for admission.

Applied Human Rights, MA (Sheffield Hallam University)

Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom, offers a Master of Arts degree program in Applied Human Rights. The program takes just one year to complete and provides students with the opportunity to perform research and participate in studies at the university’s Human Rights and Social Justice Research Cluster. Required courses include Human Rights in the 21st century, Advanced Case Studies in International Human Rights and Social Justice, Principles of Human Rights and Social Justice, and Project Management for Human Rights. Fluency in English as evidenced by IELTS scores and a bachelor’s degree in a related field are required for admission.

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