Taught course

Citizenship and Human Rights by Learning Contract

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

Entry requirements

Normally a UK Honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) If you do not have a degree, entry to the programme may also be gained on the basis of recognition of your informal prior learning and work-based experience. For this programme, you must be in full-time or part-time employment or a sustained volunteering position within a broad field of human rights or social justice. You will need to identify a work-based mentor – someone to support you in your learning in your place of work or volunteering.

Months of entry


Course content

A partnership between the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU)

This Masters Programme is designed for the professionals and volunteers who work between state and market and who are interested in promoting the principles of human rights including anti-discrimination, participative democracy, accountability and social responsibility.
The home for the protection and development of human rights and citizenship today, is widely recognised as being the space between the state and the market, in, what we might loosely call, community or to be more precise - civil society. This is also the prominent space of operations for third sector organisations. The protection and enhancement of human rights and equality and the celebration of diversity and difference are fundamentally important to organisations working in civil society with marginalised people.

Endorsed by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), the course is designed for professionals and volunteers in the Third Sector and Public Sector who are interested in, or working to promote, the principles of human rights - including anti-discrimination, participative democracy, accountability and social responsibility.

The programme will:

  • Help to unlock the potential of Third and Public Sector organisations and their staff
  • Facilitate civic leadership and active citizenship
  • Offer an accessible, vocational, portable and applied Masters level qualification
  • Be the first qualification in equality and human rights to facilitate learning for the day job
  • Offer a learning philosophy and assessments that ensure real-time learning in the workplace
  • Put recognition of prior learning at the core of its approach to course entry

Programme Structure

You will undertake the following modules, enabling you to qualify for a certificate, diploma or masters qualification on completion of 60, 120 and 180 credits.


  • Globalisation and migration
  • Leadership, equality and social responsibility


  • Human rights
  • Citizenship and practice


  • Masters dissertation

Work Based Learning

The programme is delivered in a blended learning mode, that is, through distance learning on the university's Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard, in combination with face to face seminars at GCU's city campus two or three times a year. Modules will be delivered online with telephone or face-to-face support from the tutors as necessary.

Work Based Learning generally describes learning while a person is employed. The learning is usually based on the needs of the individual's career and employer, and leads to nationally recognised qualifications

For an application pack contact : Jacqueline Ramsay on +44 (0)141 331 3256

For questions on the programme or an informal chat contact Kiril Sharapov, Programme Leader on +44 141 331 8387

Fees and funding

Employer or Self Funded

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment66
Dissertation34 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)141 331 8630