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Building on the success of its first edition, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the University of Stirling are delighted to launch the second edition of their joint Master’s in Human Rights and Diplomacy, the only Masters of its kind taught in partnership with a UN agency.

The University of Stirling is a highly prestigious university that is recognised globally for its excellence in teaching, research output, and its world-class student experience, for which it was awarded 5 Stars in the 2020 QS World University Rankings. With over 120 nationalities on campus, any student will benefit from learning in a truly multicultural environment.

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The MSc in Human Rights and Diplomacy offers a unique opportunity to learn first-hand from the joint efforts of the University of Stirling’s schools of Law, International Relations, and Philosophy, as well as from renowned experts of the United Nations. Offering the rare combination of theory-based and skill-based education, students are provided with group and individual coaching on such skills as public speaking, leadership, intercultural communication, workplace ethics, CV drafting, and effective interview behaviour.

Target audience

Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in areas such as law, politics, philosophy international relations and history. Applicants who are already in employment are also strongly encouraged to apply, especially those seeking to upgrade their skills and knowledge in the fields of human rights and diplomacy or pursue a career change.

Unique benefits

  • Holistic combination of academic courses and practical training activities
  • Opportunity to participate in a field trip to Geneva, its UN agencies, and to exchange with UN human rights practitioners
  • Individual coaching and support from UNITAR staff for highly sought-after internship vacancies at UN agencies for 12 selected students.
  • Highly flexible capstone opportunities (Non-UN internship, or dissertation of academic standards).
  • A highly sought-after theoretical knowledge and skillset, enabling students to successfully to pursue a career in the UN, academia, or in non-UN Human Rights organisations.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the curriculum, graduates will be able to :

  • Maintain the highest standard of intellectual rigour in analytical endeavours
  • Hold a solid understanding of the United Nations system
  • Make use of in-depth critical thinking to comprehend and assess contemporary human rights and diplomatic challenges.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge and practical skills to successfully participate in, and develop avenues for improvement of, current human rights and diplomatic practices.

For more information and to apply, please follow this link.

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