This degree, offered by the Human Rights Consortium at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, is the longest-running interdisciplinary, practice-oriented human rights Master's programme in the UK. Our priority is to equip students with practical skills, such as advocacy, research, and fundraising, essential to working in the field of human rights to enable them to build a human rights career. This Master's degree is therefore particularly suitable for individuals who are, or seek to become, human rights practitioners in the NGO, governmental and inter-governmental sectors. Our degree is praised by employers for providing the necessary practical skills human rights organisations need, making our graduates highly employable.
Upon graduating, students will receive a degree awarded by the University of London.
Key benefits of the degree:
* We offer practice oriented training that equips students with vocational skills, such as human rights advocacy, activism, lobbying, research and fundraising, essential to gaining employment in the field of human rights.
* Academic staff teaching on the course combine their research and teaching activities with work as activists, advocates and consultants in the field of human rights, meaning the degree stays current with new developments in the field. Special lectures and classes are delivered by expert guest lecturers and human rights practitioners, enabling students to understand different perspectives and develop human rights networks.
* We help to organise internships for our students with one of the many human rights organisations based in the London area.
* Students on this Master's participate in the intellectually vibrant, research-oriented Human Rights Consortium, so enriching their studies.
* Our one-week study tour in Geneva provides the opportunity for students to learn from a wide range of human rights advocates based inside and outside the United Nations.
* As a student of the University of London you will have access to nearly all of its federal libraries and, thanks to our location in Bloomsbury in central London, you will be within walking distance of the British Library, NGOs and human rights organisations.
* We offer a special flexible study option allowing to take the degree on a part-time basis over 36 months (one module per term), enabling students to combine their studies with employment.
* 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
* Understanding Human Rights II: Genocide, Gross Human Rights Violations and Reconciliation (Optional)
* Securing Human Rights II: Securing Human Rights in Development and in Conflict
* Translating Human Rights into Law II: Topics in International Human Rights Law
* The Politics of Human Rights in Latin America
* Researching Human Rights: Social Research Methods
* Business and Human Rights
* Indigenous Peoples, Minorities and Human Rights
* Citizenship and New Social Movements in Latin America
* Human Rights and Everyday Life in Latin America
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.
* James Manor Bursary Scheme (open to home, EU or overseas students)
* Routledge/Round Table Studentships (open to overseas students from Commonwealth countries only)
External funding opportunities
* Sir Richard Stapely Educational Trust
* ELCAS funding for current and former members of the Armed Forces
* Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme - available for 2014 entry for students who wish to study the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights (see the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website and prospectus for further details)
* Chevening Scholarships, the UK government's global scholarships programme, is open to students from a number of different countries to enable them to undertake a one-year postgraduate Master's degree in any discipline at any UK university.
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