The minimum entry requirements are an honours degree at the 2.1/upper second class level or higher or equivalent (e.g. B/3.0 GPA in the undergraduate degree) in politics, law or related social science subject. We will consider applications from graduates from other fields, but the applicant should submit a statement indicating why they are interested in changing fields or the connection to their previous study. We will also take relevant work experience into account.
Months of entry
This ESRC-recognised research-training programme gives you a broad and rigorous grounding in the study and methodologies of one of the most salient and pressing issues in the contemporary world: the place of individual human rights in a system of international relations in which states' rights have traditionally been paramount.
- If you want to pursue a research-intensive career or doctoral studies, including under the ESRC 1+3 scheme, then this ESRC-recognised research-training programme is designed for you.
- The programme draws on recognised expertise in international institutions, security, gender, political philosophy, theories of rights, and ethics and normative theory, as well as a wide variety of country and regional expertise.
- The programme covers the same subject-specific material as the MSc in Human Rights & International Politics and also provides additional advanced training in social research methods – ideal if you wish to pursue a PhD or a career in social research. The research training is delivered by the College of Social Sciences so you benefit from teaching by experts in particular methods.
- You will be offered the opportunity to participate in a 5-day study trip to Geneva to visit the UN and non-governmental human rights organisations.
- You will benefit from access to a number of organisations within and beyond the University, including the Glasgow Human Rights Network; The Glasgow Refugee, Asylum & Migration Network; The Glasgow Centre for International Development; and the annual International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.
- The degree is genuinely interdisciplinary in content and structure, and is designed to ensure that you will encounter both legal and political perspectives. You can choose to focus on one domain more than the other.
You will take 5 core and 1 optional course, as well as submit a dissertation. Teaching will be delivered through lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will also be able to take part in project and team work and an international study trip. Some courses contain an exam.
- Critical perspectives on human rights (Politics)
- Fundamentals of international law (Law)
- Human rights and global politics (Politics)
- Qualitative research methods
- Social science statistics.
- Challenges in international politics
- China's international politics
- Comparative European politics
- Ethics in global politics
- EU in international politics and development
- Foreign policy of the United States
- Globalisation and European integration
- Internet and civil society
- Media and democracy.
Note: Some courses might not be available every year. You may also be able to choose from courses in the other subjects in the School of Social & Political Sciences and the School of Law.
Information for international students
IELTS 6.5 (with no subtest less than 6) iBT TOEFL 92 (with no less than 21 in Listening & writing, 22 in reading, 23 in speaking) Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - B minimum or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - C minimum
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Kurt Mills