Taught course

Applied Human Rights

University of York · Department of Politics

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Entry requirements

People from diverse academic backgrounds, and from human rights organisations and other, related fields, are encouraged to apply. Applicants will normally be expected to have a good first degree (2:1 or its equivalent). Applications are also welcomed from candidates with a good 2:2 degree (or equivalent) and at least three years relevant work experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA focuses on the use of rights discourse and tools within the human rights mainstream and in a range of related fields (development, humanitarianism, conflict transformation, the environment, public health etc.).

As such, it is designed for practitioners and would-be practitioners across this spectrum who wish to engage with applied human rights.

Our MA in Applied Human Rights is distinctive in five main ways:

  • it is uniquely applied, exploring how human rights can advance social justice in law, policy and social activism
  • it is interdisciplinary and holistic (integrating knowledge of human rights, development, conflict, and more)
  • students will acquire relevant knowledge but also skills that are vital for a career in human rights e.g. project management skills
  • the lecturers are both academics and experienced practitioners, and the international human rights defenders hosted by the Centre will attend and lead classes
  • an international field trip to South Africa takes place in the first term (student numbers permitting), enabling students to work alongside local NGOs and human rights defenders on concrete projects

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 323561