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  • Local: $ 8.07k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 16.8k / Year
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    The University of Essex is one of the UK's leading academic institutions, ranked ninth nationally in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

    Our MA Human Rights and Cultural Diversity is suitable if you have a particular interest in this specialised area of study. You acquire a deeper knowledge and understanding of the central issues and debates surrounding the application and justification of human rights within a culturally complex and diverse world. These problems are legal, social, political and philosophical, and our course reflects this in our multidisciplinary approach. In contrast to our other human rights courses, this MA examines human rights specifically in relation to cultural diversity.

    Graduates are well placed for careers as a journalist, a policy analyst or researcher, as an official in the United Nations system or as an activist in humanitarian and policy-making non-governmental bodies in the UK and abroad. We also prepare you to undertake further independent research in the field of human rights.

    A Masters course is an academically rigorous programme during which you explore your subject in depth, reaching a high level of specialist knowledge. You draw on knowledge and skills from your undergraduate study or your professional life to produce work of a high academic standard, informed by current thinking and debate.
    A Masters course lasts for twelve months (full-time), starting in October, and consists of taught modules during your autumn and spring terms, and normally a research-based dissertation or other project-based work submitted in September. Your balance of modules and research varies according to the subject but, typically, your research counts for 60 credits and there are 120 credits of modules, varying from 10 to 40 credits each. (If you are from the EU, then our Masters courses are regarded as second-cycle qualifications under the Bologna Declaration and consist of 90 ECTS credits).
    Please note that module information on our course finder provides a guide to course content and may be subject to review on an annual basis.

    Core modules
    Contemporary Issues In Human Rights And Cultural Diversity
    Dissertation: Ma Human Rights And Cultural Diversity
    Human Rights Colloquium

    Core with options modules
    Citizenship, International Migration And Human Rights
    Promotion And Protection Of Human Rights In Africa

    Optional modules
    Advanced Social Psychology
    Business And Human Rights
    Colonialism, Culture And Human Rights
    Contemporary Issues In Human Rights And Cultural Diversity
    Contemporary Theories Of Justice
    Current Controversies In Criminology And Criminal Justice Policy
    Dynamics Of Home And Work
    European Convention On Human Rights I
    Formative Debates In Criminology
    Foundations Of Economic, Social And Cultural Rights
    Gender, Sexuality And Feminist Theory
    Human Rights And Development
    Human Rights And Political Theory
    International Child Law
    International Human Rights: Law, Institutions And Practice
    International Security Studies
    International Trade, Investment And Human Rights.
    Promotion And Protection Of Human Rights In Africa
    Protection Minorities In International Law
    Psychoanalysis Of Groups And Organisations
    Psychosocial Perspectives On Human Rights
    Race And Class In The United States, South Africa And Britain: Select Topics
    Right Skills For Human Rights Professionals
    Social Psychology
    Sociology Of Human Rights
    The Law Of International Peacekeeping
    The Protection Of Refugees And Other Displaced Persons In Times Of Acute Crisis

    Core modules must be taken and passed.
    Core with options modules selected from limited lists must be taken and passed.
    Compulsory modules must be taken.
    Compulsory with options modules selected from limited lists must be taken.
    Optional modules are selected from course specific lists.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    Upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, in relevant subject area.IELTS 7.0. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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