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Key information
University Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Country Germany
Learning mode On-Campus
Pace Full-time
Duration 18 months
Tuition fee EUR 4900
Application deadline(s) 28. February, 29. April, 30. June
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The M.A. in Human Rights in Erlangen-Nuremberg provides an interdisciplinary approach to studying human rights in their legal, political and philosophical dimensions. Students from all over the world learn from experts in academia and practice who draw upon their experience as UN experts, in human rights NGOs and legal practice. In addition, students learn from each others’ experience as the programme targets human rights practitioners with at least one year of (professional or voluntary) experience in the field.

Graduates typically use the skills obtained in this programme to continue working with various NGOs, international organisations or in academia. Others find opportunities in the increased demand for human rights experts within governments and the private sector.


1st Semester: Foundations (30 ECTS credits)

Module 1: Principles and Methodology (10 ECTS credits)

  • Lecture: Human Rights Philosophy
  • Seminar: Human Rights Methods
  • Tutorial: Research and Writing Exercise

Module 2: Politics (10 ECTS credits)

  • Lecture: The Politics of Human Rights
  • Seminar: Human Rights and the EU

Module 3: Law (10 ECTS credits)

  • Lecture: Legal Protection of Human Rights
  • Seminar: Leading Cases of Human Rights Law

2nd Semester: Specialised Courses (30 ECTS credits)

Module 4: Interdisciplinary Approach to Non-Discrimination (5 ECTS)
Module 5: Project Work (5 ECTS)
Modules 6–9: Specialised Aspects of Human Rights Protection I—IV (5 ECTS each)

Students choose four specialisation seminars from a list of available seminars. Seminar topics may include: Business and Human Rights; Freedom of Religion or Belief; Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Social Movements and Human Rights; International Criminal Law; the Internet and Human Rights; Gender and Human Rights; Transitional Justice; Human Rights in Africa; and Human Rights of Refugees. (Please note that not all seminars will be offered every year.)

3rd Semester: Master Thesis (30 ECTS credits)


Admission Requirements

  • A university degree based on at least 3.5 years of full-time studies (equivalent to 210 ECTS credits).
    • If your university degree is based on less than 3.5 years of studies, you may be accepted on the basis of a special admission procedure determining additional qualifications.
  • At least one year of professional experience in the area of human rights, or one year of professional experience in another field in combination with practical experience in human rights work on a volunteer basis.
  • Proof of English language skills in line with level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Decisions on admissions will be taken in March, May and July. To have your application reviewed in March or May, it has to reach us by the last working day of the previous month. The final application deadline is 30 June.

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