Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for the programme is a UK 2:1 honours degree or its equivalent if outside the UK. If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English. IELTS minimum score IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module) Other accepted tests and scores TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module) PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections) CPE: Grade B; CAE: Grade A

Months of entry


Course content

Human Rights have a history tracing back to the enlightenment, and as a body of international law, to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948.

The concept is found in most countries’ constitutions, and still inspires people to action for justice. It has proved central to the resolution of conflicts. As a field of academic study, human rights cuts across a wide variety disciplines who have placed it at the centre of their study, for example, law, political science, theology, history. Human rights are also increasingly understood to be relevant to disciplines to which they were once viewed as irrelevant

Edinburgh with its enlightenment history, the University’s commitment to interdisciplinarity through its Global Academies, and the City’s sustenance of a plethora of peace and human rights initiatives forms a natural home for such a degree.

The University has recently developed four new closely cooperating Global Academies in the areas of Justice, Health, Development and Environment and Society, which together address crucial global challenges which span the ambit of civil and political, social, economic and cultural rights, offers a unique academic space for learning about human rights. Its strength of research in these areas means that it can offer a unique programme in human rights, and a particular focus on issues of conflict resolution.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Edinburgh Law School Postgraduate Office
+44 (0)131 650 9821