Key information
University University of Stirling
Country Scotland
Learning mode On-Campus
Pace Full-time
Duration 12 months
Tuition fee 20145
Application deadline(s) January 1, 2022
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This program is the only human rights and diplomacy master program in the world designed and taught in partnership with the UN agency-the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). The program is designed to teach students about the UN human rights institutions and the theory and practice of human rights law and politics. The program is taught by some of the leading human rights researchers and experienced UN staff. Students are taught how to practically negotiate draft documents and how to make a difference.

Besides intensive lectures, students attend a 5 days study visit to Geneva, Switzerland, to observe the Human Rights Council in session. If a student’s profile is strong enough, during the last 3 months of the program, she or he will have an opportunity to apply for an UN internship, work on projects with human rights organizations or write a master thesis. The internships at the UN are unpaid, but students have a chance to work at the International Court of Justice, the UN Joint Inspection Unit, UNESCO and other UN agencies. The program has also partnered with the UN Women, the Institute for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa and the East African Centre for Human Rights to secure placement opportunities for some students. The UN internships also include options abroad. Students who wish to undertake an internship abroad will have costs of living of approximately GBP 1.600 per month for internships in Geneva, GBP 1.600 per month for internships in New York, and GBP 1.000 per month for internships in Rome.

Admission requirements

  • For the UK students there is a minimum of a second-class honors degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant and relevant work and life experience are encouraged to apply.
  • For international and the EU students there is a requirement for a bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • English language certificate