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MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights

University Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London
Degree type Master
Academic title M.A. Master of Arts
Location United Kingdom
Methodology on campus
Commitment Full time, Part time
Duration 24-36 months
Tuition fee (per year) EEA: 8200 / International: 14525 £
Deadline 31. August 2019
Language English

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The MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights, offered by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, is the longest-running interdisciplinary and practice-orientated human rights masters’ degree in the UK.

It was originally established in collaboration with Amnesty International, providing students with scholarly and practical training for future human rights defenders.

This master’s degree aims to develop students as human rights practitioners, and enables students to engage with the intellectual and philosophical foundations of human rights.

The Human Rights Consortium, in collaboration with the Institute of Latin American Studies, offers a specialist pathway through the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights which enables students to focus their studies on the human rights concerns – past, present and future – of Latin America.

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Course Syllabus

Students on this course will study four compulsory modules, including a dissertation, plus three optional modules.

Core modules (three in autumn term, dissertation in summer term)

  • Understanding Human Rights I: Ideas and Contexts
  • Securing Human Rights I: Actors and Mechanisms, Skills and Strategies
  • Translating Human Rights into Law I: The Foundations of International Human Rights Law
  • Dissertation (15,000 words)

Optional modules (three in spring term)

  • Genocide and Reconciliation
  • Securing Human Rights II: Securing Human Rights in Development and in Conflict
  • Translating Human Rights into Law II: Topics in International Human Rights Law
  • Researching Human Rights: Social Research Methods
  • Business and Human Rights
  • Indigenous Peoples, Minorities and Human Rights
  • Contemporary Social Movements in Latin America
  • Decolonisation and Human Rights in Latin America
  • The Politics of Human Rights in Latin America

Please note that the list of modules is indicative and may be subject to change.

For more information on our modules please visit our website… 

Admission requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement would be a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree from a university in the UK, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard (for example a grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher).

Applications from candidates who do not meet the formal academic requirements but who offer alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience, could be considered.

English is the language of instruction and applicants are required to demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency.

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