Taught course

Citizenship and Human Rights

Glasgow Caledonian University · Department of Law, Economics, Accountancy and Risk

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Entry requirements

A UK 2:2 honours degree or equivalent.

Each application will be considered on an individual basis giving attention to alternative qualifications, relevant work, research or volunteer experience.

There is no minimum work experience requirement for entry to this programme. However, work experience or volunteerism within human rights organisations, work or projects is a requirement, including ongoing human rights work or volunteering during the duration of the work-based component of the MSc. In addition, as a student you will need to be self-motivated and be capable of independent learning. And, be able to access and use a computer to receive University e-correspondence and to word process your assignments and projects for assessment.

Months of entry

January, August, November

Course content

Carry out your vision, engage issues of citizenship, justice and globalisation - lead as a social change-maker in the promotion of equitable solutions, social responsibility and participative democracy - Make human rights happen!

Meeting global needs for graduates, Glasgow Caledonian University offers you a practical work-based masters degree, focused upon the inviolability of Human Rights Principles. Designed to be completed alongside your current role, we are committed to developing your skills and providing the rights-based tools to do so, for the practicable implementation of human rights law through the MSc Citizenship and Human Rights.

By engaging with human rights law constructively and from a critical positioning, this programme serves your work in the formulation of policy regulations and practical solutions, as well as providing best practices to those of you on the ground. Recognising and supporting skills required for field-based human rights work, this masters degree in human rights provides you the knowledge for the preparation of policy briefs, legal documents and necessary steps for advocating for reform, whilst providing practicable and academic learning from the Judiciary, the medical fraternity, trade unions and independent journalists/correspondents. Accessible from anywhere in the world, the masters' MSc programme degree offers you, as a professional, a combination of cafe-style online forums and face-to-face curriculum. Bringing you together with a niche, yet diverse student community, interacting, sharing approaches and discussing theoretical application with tutors and sector leads, together we gain insight into comparative approaches, contexts and practices across sectors. We help build leadership, confidence and ability, so you can make human rights happen!

Your masters' experience is enhanced by online access to live guest speakers from well-known and reputed human rights practitioners, as well as exclusive access to video archives of previous guest lectures such as Professor Allan Miller, former head of the Scottish Human Rights Commission. You will have our academic tutors available for one-to-one student support and free access to a practitioner-based summer school, to which overseas and scholarship students will have free access (one summer school per three-year period), as a core part of the programme, during which time you can engage with the other students and lecturers.

The programme additionally offers an annual Summer School, including a series expert-level guest lectures and practical components that will be available from July 2018.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    12-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
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