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Our interdisciplinary course, MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights, examines the history, theoretical development and implementation of human rights. It is intended if you want to work in the field but also if you are interested in the legal, political, sociological or ethical theory. It was described by Dr Simon Caney of Oxford University as the premier degree of its kind.
Beyond the practical problems of human rights lie many unresolved theoretical and philosophical issues. These form the basis of our MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights, which provides you with a solid grounding in fundamental matters of the law, politics, philosophy and sociology of human rights. It will enable you to undertake practical or legal work for human rights organisations.
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.
Dissertation: Ma Theory And Practice Human Rights
Human Rights Colloquium
Core with options modules
Citizenship, International Migration And Human Rights
Sociology Of Human Rights
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
European Union Law And Human Rights
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
Sociology Of Human Rights
Texts And Documents
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.
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.
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