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 recognised university in the UK, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Months of entry

October, September

Course content

It was established in 1995 in collaboration with Amnesty International to provide scholarly and practical training for future human rights defenders. Located in Bloomsbury, the intellectual heart of London, it offers students easy access to world-class libraries and facilities, and proximity to a wide range of NGOs working on human rights. The degree aims to develop students as human rights practitioners and to enable them to engage with the intellectual and philosophical foundations of human rights.

This programme is:

  • Intellectually rigorous, engaging with human rights debates at the forefront of scholarly research
  • Career-orientated, aiming to develop 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 as a human rights practitioner
  • Cutting-edge, seeking to widen the frame of human rights debates by looking at emerging issues, such as the impact of environmental destruction on human rights
  • Policy-orientated, exploring human rights issues from a practical, solution-based perspective as well as a scholarly one

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
distance learning
12-60 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 7862 8846