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PhD in Human Rights

University University of York (Centre for Applied Human Rights)
Degree type PhD
Academic title Ph.D.
Location United Kingdom
Methodology blended
Commitment Full time, Part time
Duration 36-71 months
Tuition fee Between 4260 and 16090 £
Deadline 1. July 2019
Language English

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The Centre has an active research agenda and a growing number of PhD students. We are happy to entertain applications for doctoral studies on a wide range of topics in human rights, particularly on:

  • human rights defenders
  • human rights practice
  • human rights and development
  • legal empowerment
  • refugee law and policy
  • responsibility to protect
  • transitional justice

We particularly encourage applications from individuals with practical experience relating to the topic of their research. In keeping with the international nature of the Centre and its staff, we welcome applications from individuals from around the world.

Course Syllabus

In their first year of study, doctoral students will receive formal training in research methods conducted in conjunction with the Department of Politics and the the York Law School. The training includes regular sessions during term on theory, ethics and methodology. In addition, doctoral students are invited to attend faculty research seminars and other academic events on campus.

The PhD programme does not include any formal course-work. Doctoral students are eligible to audit (or to formally enroll in) any of the post-graduate courses offered by the Centre as part of its MA in Applied Human Rights or its LLM in International Human Rights Law and Practice. Arrangements can also be made with other departments to audit (or enroll in) additional courses.

Admission Requirements

The University has an online application process for PhD applications. Applications can be made either via the online option for the “PhD in Politics” or the “PhD in Law” depending on the student’s disciplinary preference. In either case please identify the Centre (or particular staff members of the Centre) as potentially providing supervision. We strongly encourage you to discuss your interest in doctoral studies and to submit a Draft dissertation proposal (PDF , 153kb) to us before formally submitting an application.

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