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5 Top Masters in Human Rights and Conflict Studies

Conflict Studies and Human Rights (Utrecht University)

Utrecht University in Netherlands offers a Master of Arts degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights. The program requires one-year of full-time study on campus to complete. All students take the following classes: Conflict, Policies And Politics; In-depth Case-study Analysis; Theories Of Violent Conflict; Literature Review & Research Proposal; Preparing Social Research; and The Conflict-human Rights Nexus. Students then have the opportunity to complete one of two master’s thesis options. To fulfill this requirement, students can either conduct research in the field and then compose a paper summarizing their findings or participate in a work internship and write about the experience.

Human Rights and International Conflict (London Metropolitan University)

London Metropolitan University in England, United Kingdom, offers a Master of Arts degree in Human Rights and International Conflict. Students have the option to complete the program with full-time or part-time study. Most students can complete all of the course requirements in one year full time or within two years part time. Every student in the program takes the following classes: History and Theory of Human Rights; Human Rights and International Conflict Dissertation; Human Rights and the International Order; International Conflict Resolution; American Foreign Policy in the 21st Century; and Citizenship and Social Justice. In addition, students receive instruction in research methods and write a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation on an area of interest.

Gender, Conflict and Human Rights (Ulster University)

Ulster University in Coleraine, England, United Kingdom, offers a Master of Laws degree in Gender, Conflict and Human Rights. This program is intended for students who already hold an undergraduate law degree and wish to specialize in human rights law. With full-time study, the degree requirements can typically be completed in one full calendar year. Students are required to take three modules: Gender and Human Rights; Gender and Transition; and Using Film for Human Rights Research and Advocacy. Additionally, every student takes a research methods class and then completes independent research, culminating in a master’s thesis.

Human Rights, Conflict and Justice (SOAS University)

SOAS University of London in London, England, United Kingdom, offers a Master of Laws degree in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice. The program prepares those who have undergraduate law degrees to specialize in human rights law. To meet the needs of working adults, the program is offered in four formats: one-year full-time, two-year part-time, three-year part-time and four-year part-time daylight only. Five courses are required for the degree: Human Rights and Islamic Law; Human Rights in the Developing World; Human Rights of Women; International Protection of Human Rights; and Justice, Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Post Conflict Societies. Students are also required to participate in an international human rights law clinic.

Globalisation-Politics, Conflict and Human Rights (University of Brighton)

The University of Brighton in England, United Kingdom, offers a Master of Arts degree in Globalisation-Politics, Conflict and Human Rights. Students can choose to study full time for one year or part time for two years. Every student in the program completes either a field placement and an extended essay or a master’s dissertation. In addition, students choose courses from a number of options, including: Globalisation and Global Politics; Conflict, Security and Human Rights; Peacemaking and the Conflicted Past; Legacies of Warfare and Violent Conduct; Forms of Warfare and Violent Conduct; Holocaust Memory; and Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

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