Research course

Human Rights

University of Buckingham · School of Humanities
MA by research

Entry requirements

The minimum entry level required for this course is as follows: - a first or second-class honours degree from a recognised university or, - a recognised professional qualification with relevant work experience

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Human Rights is designed to allow students to produce a substantial research-based dissertation on any aspect of this broad field under the guidance of an expert supervisor.

As with other London-based programmes, students will attend seminars followed by dinner given by leading academic authorities and practitioners in the field including:

  • Sir John Laws, Lord Justice of Appeal of England and Wales
  • Lord Iain Bonomy, formerly a Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and of the Inner House (Appeal Court) of Scotland, now Surveillance Commissioner
  • Sir Konrad Schiemann, formerly Lord Justice of Appeal of England and Wales and of the European Court of Justice
  • Sir Stephen Sedley, visiting professor at the University of Oxford, formerly Lord Justice of Appeal of England and Wales

The course director

This one-year, London-based course in Human Rights, starting in October 2015, is led by Sir Geoffrey Nice, QC, the eminent international Human Rights practitioner. It offers a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary approach to the subject, covering the history, philosophy, law and contemporary practice of Human Rights. In addition to being a Bencher of Inner Temple and a part-time judge at the Old Bailey in London, he is currently Gresham Professor of Law at Gresham College (a post which he will retain until 2015). He was educated at Keble College, Oxford (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and the College of Law, London. He was called to the Bar in 1971, and practised as a barrister until 1998 when he was recruited to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) by Justice Louise Arbour (later UN High Commissioner for Human Rights). He prosecuted a number of cases relating to genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes and in November 2001 undertook the prosecution of Slobodan Milošević until the end of that trial in 2006. He was appointed Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Kent, 2005; and knighted in 2007 for services to International Criminal Justice. He has since appeared at the International Criminal Court in The Hague for the Government of Kenya and for other African state and individual interests. He is presently leading cases being brought at the ICC and elsewhere on behalf of the victims of the flotilla that attempted to take humanitarian aid to Gaza in breach of Israel’s blockade.

Information for international students

Buckingham is a truly global community with students of all ages and cultures: over 90 countries are represented. It is a place to establish lasting networks, both professionally and socially. Our alumni networks operate successfully all over the world and we encourage them to stay in touch with us.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Claire Prendergast
+44 (0)1280 820204
+44 (0)1280 822245