Taught course

Human Rights

The University of Manchester · Politics

Entry requirements

For the MA, an Upper-Second Class Honours degree in a cognate subject or the overseas equivalent. Applicants with a II(i) or overseas equivalent from a non-cognate subject will be considered for the PGDip. It is possible to progress to the MA programme from the Diploma, subject to satisfactory academic progress.

MA Taught Route; PGDip Taught Route; MA Research Route; PGDip Research Route

Months of entry


Course content

Questions addressed include, what are human rights; Can there be space for human rights in world affairs; Who is responsible for the protection of human rights in world politics; How effective is human rights law These theoretical and practical concerns form the central focus of the degree. Most modules are taught in a single semester. There are four compulsory modules: Quantitative Methods; Qualitative Methods; Philosophy of Social Science; Dissertation Research Design with four choices from any of the core modules on the related MA degrees of International Relations; International Political Economy; Political Development; Political Theory.

Information for international students

We require a minimum TOEFL certificate of 623 (263 computer based) with a minimum score on Test of Written English of 5. Internet based TOEFL score of 100 with 25 in each element. IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum writing score of 7.

Fees and funding

UK and EU applicants are eligible to apply for ESRC 1+3 scholarships. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
21 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Zoe Woodend
+44 (0) 161 275 1296
+44 (0) 161 275 2450