Taught course

Human Values and Human Rights

University of Birmingham · Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements

The normal entrance requirement is a good first degree in a relevant field or discipline, although appropriate work experience will also be taken into consideration.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme takes a multidisciplinary approach to human rights and values, drawing on political theory, law, philosophy, theology, international relations and ethics. It allows you to approach the issue from a broad perspective and in the context of global ethics.

The programme provides solid research training and contributes to the professional development of NGO personnel and those working in the public and private sector. It is also suitable if you are a graduate or if you want to go onto further research, such as a PhD, in this area.

You will study three core modules:

  • Human Rights
  • Global Ethics I
  • Research Skills and Methods

You will also choose three optional modules from a range including:

  • Development Ethics
  • Global Bioethics
  • Global Ethics II
  • Global Ethics Placement
  • Philosophy of Health and Happiness
  • Research Seminar

You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days. Register to attend at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. For more information, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-48 months

Course contact details

Dr Maja Spener