The MA in Human Rights focuses on the pressing questions of human rights. Can there be space for human rights in world affairs? Who is responsible for the protection of human rights in world politics? These theoretical and practical concerns form the central focus of the degree and are addressed through the compulsory course units.
This `standard route' course is designed for students for whom a taught MA will be a prelude to careers in fields related to government and non-governmental organisations, as well as teaching, journalism or any career where advanced knowledge of human rights coupled with an advanced capacity to communicate effectively will be an advantage. It will appeal particularly to those with an interest in the political and ethical issues that arise from widespread human rights violations globally.
The course provides students with an advanced, critical, interdisciplinary and systematic understanding of human rights issues within a global context. It is an interdisciplinary degree which allows student's exposure to developments in international politics, political theory, and law in order to better understand the complex global environment in which human rights claims are made.
POLI70721 Theories of Rights (15 credits)*
POLI70451 Ethics in World Politics (15 credits)*
POLI70492 Human Rights in World Politics (15 Credits)*
POLI60301 Advanced Research in Politics (15 credits)*
POLI60312 Dissertation Research Design (15 credits)*
Qualitative Methods (15 credits)**
SOCS70511 Quantitative Methods (15 credits)*
POLI70772 Philosophy of Social Science (15 credits)*
RSCH60300 IT Skills (non-credit bearing)*
* Denotes modules that are guaranteed to run in 2008-9
NOTE: Politics reserves the right to cancel modules that are not guaranteed to run at short notice
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.