Taught course

Understanding and Securing Human Rights

Institution
School of Advanced Study · School of Advanced Study, University of London
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement would be a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree from a recognised university in the UK, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard (for example a grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher).

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

October

Course content

Offered by the Human Rights Consortium (HRC) at the School of Advanced Study, this programme is:

  • Intellectually rigorous, engaging with human rights debates at the forefront of scholarly research
  • Practice-orientated, exploring human rights issues from a practical, solution-based perspective as well as a scholarly one
  • Career-orientated, developing the next generation of human rights defenders, advocates and researchers through an emphasis on building practical skills, including campaigning, fundraising, and research—all of which are important for work in human rights advocacy
  • Cutting-edge, widening the frame of human rights debates by looking at emerging issues, such as the impact of environmental destruction on human rights

The degree brings together insights on human rights from a range of disciplines, including law, international relations and sociology. This unique interdisciplinary approach will provide you with an extensive and diverse range of perspectives with which to understand contemporary human rights challenges.

Graduates of the MA in Human Rights have gone on to work for an impressive range of organisations, including Anti-Slavery International and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Students who successfully complete the programme receive a University of London Master of Arts 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, such as:

  • Where do rights come from?
  • What are the foundations of and justifications for human rights?
  • Can the discourse of rights secure social justice and equality?

We provide individually 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 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.

You can also benefit from being able to participate in the activities and events of the Human Rights Consortium, either by attending its wide range of conferences and seminars, or by getting involved in the Consortium’s research projects or human rights blog. Many students have found this interaction a unique opportunity that helps them build a career in human rights as they study.

The Human Rights Consortium, in collaboration with the Institute of Latin American Studies, offers a specialist pathway through the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights which enables students to focus their studies on the human rights concerns – past, present and future – of Latin America.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Name
School of Advanced Study Enquiries
Email
sas.enquiries@london.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 207 862 8835