Taught course

Understanding and Securing Human Rights

School of Advanced Study · School of Advanced Study, University of London

Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement would be a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree from a university in the UK, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Applications from candidates who do not meet the formal academic requirements but who offer alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience, could be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights is the longest running interdisciplinary, practiceorientated human rights master’s degree programme in the UK.

The degree aims to develop you as future human rights practitioners and to enable you to engage with the intellectual and philosophical foundations of human rights. All of our graduates are awarded a University of London degree.

In addition to providing students with the practical skills essential to pursuing a career as human rights practitioners, this degree addresses essential questions and debates within the field of human rights.

As part of the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London, you will benefit from a collaborative, interdisciplinary research environment. The Human Rights Consortium enjoys close links with other SAS members including the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

We provide tailored support in finding internships with human rights organisations in and around London that will complement your studies and professional goals. Our long-standing relationships with a variety of NGOs— including Amnesty International and Minority Rights Group International—and our experience with the application and interview process give our students a competitive edge when applying for internships.

We run an annual optional one-week study tour to Geneva in the summer term that includes visits to the United Nations as well as meetings with human rights advocates inside and outside the UN framework, enabling you to learn from a wide range of experienced individuals and to build your personal networks.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    24-60 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Advanced Study Enquiries
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