Taught course

Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights

University of Nottingham · School of Sociology and Social Policy

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in any subject area

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Demand for various forms of expertise on human rights, citizenship and identities is rapidly expanding as governments, international agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and private sector organisations become increasingly sensitive to and interested in questions about rights and identities.

In the current global context ‘national’ versions of citizenship have reached crisis point. Yet what does it mean to think of yourself as a global citizen? This course aims to find out by investigating critical global questions such as war, migration, climate change, the credit crunch, the rise of nationalism, the impact of global media, sex tourism, modern slavery, the transformation of gender and sexuality and of course contemporary racism.

The programme explores what recent changes to the global cultural and political landscape mean for individuals and groups in terms of their ability to access human rights (social, economic and cultural, as well as political and civil). It provides students with advanced level sociological knowledge of the concepts of ‘globalisation’, ‘citizenship’, ‘ identity’ and ‘human rights’, as well as a critical understanding of their application in a range of discourses (political, legal, academic and popular).

This MA will be particularly attractive to social science and arts graduates who wish to pursue careers in the NGO sector, academia, the civil service or journalism, as it both provides advanced level sociological knowledge of debates on human rights, citizenship, globalisation and identities, and offers opportunities, to develop specialist knowledge and understanding of post-conflict cultures, human rights law and/or of media and globalisation, rights and identities.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Sociology and Social Policy web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Kathryn Clay
+44 (0)115 846 7551