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5 Low Tuition Fee Human Rights Study Programmes in the UK

Human Rights MA

The Kingston University Master’s programme is centred around the history and philosophy of human rights. A significant portion of the course is also dedicated to training students practical skills to be applied in the field, such as researching and organizing campaigns. Students without a lower level degree can still apply if they have a sufficient amount of experience working in a human rights environment. Kingston University is in London, and the admission fee varies based on where the prospective student currently resides. European Union students can study part time for £3,080, or full time for £5,600. The rates for overseas individuals are £7,095 and £12,900, respectively. Students at Kingston also benefit from the option of taking a language course for free. Currently the postgraduate online application system is down for maintenance, but since the start date is September 2016, applications will be accepted soon.

LL.M. Criminal Justice and Human Rights

The University of Aberdeen is offering a Master’s programme that students can choose to take either part time for 24 or 36 months, or full time for 12. The programme focuses primarily on criminal law, and how the theme of human rights plays into modern legal discourse. The course fees range from around £4,000 a year for European Union students, and £13,000 a year for students outside of the EU. To be considered for admission, students must have a 2:1 Honours degree in Law, or equivalent. Students may start in either September or January. The university recommends that international students apply no later than ten weeks prior to their desired start date, and that EU students apply no later than three weeks prior.

LL.M. Human Rights

This Master of Laws in Human Rights program, offered by the University of Sunderland, is innovative in that it combines periods of study with self-directed research in order for students to gain a firmer understanding of the subject matter. Students will study criminal law, societal law, and two other modules of their choice from a rounded list of topics. Generally, applicants must have a 2:2 degree in Law, though the university is willing to accept students who have made up for an educational deficiency with appropriate professional experience. The tuition is £9,900 a year for international students, and £4,050 a year for EU students. The course is full time over the course of a year, and begins in October. Students must have their application submitted by the preceding January.

LL.M. Human Rights Law (Cross Border)

This course is part of a unique initiative by Queen’s University Belfast to provide their students with a more rounded education by encouraging them to complete part of their studies in Galway, ROI. This is a highly interactive course, wherein the university will organize trips to relevant institutions so that students can perform field studies. Students may complete the course full time over the course of one year, or part time over the course of two. The start date for both is September 2016, and a specific application deadline has not been set, although the university recommends students apply as soon as possible. The tuition for EU students is £3,920, and for international students it is £11,266. To be eligible, students must have a 2:1 Honours level degree in a related discipline.

Postgraduate Certificate in Human Rights and Development Management

This part time, online certification is one that provides students with a firm grasp of human rights issues as they relate to business and the idea of corporate responsibility. Though not a Master’s, students can apply the credits earned in this program toward an MSc. The only requirement for admission is a lower level degree from a UK or internationally recognized university. The tuition fee for the year is £3,264. The next start date is November 2016, and students wishing to apply must do so by October 18.

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