Taught course

Defending Human Rights

University of York · Department of Politics

Entry requirements

Either a first degree or relevant professional experience. This programme is designed specifically for human rights defenders and those who protect and assist them. Human rights defenders are people who promote and strive for the protection and realisation of human rights and fundamental freedoms. This programme would be of interest to a broad range of people engaged in human rights work, such staff of national and international NGOs, lawyers, journalists, writers, government officials, activists, community workers, trade union officials, social workers, teachers and scholars. The three modules in this programme are designed to help human rights defenders build the knowledge and practical skills needed for effective human rights work under challenging circumstances. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Defending Human Rights (online) is a part-time distance learning programme delivered wholly online in a fully supported environment.

Students can take one, two or three modules as a continuing professional development (CPD) student, without academic credit, or complete all three modules as a postgraduate student, with academic credit.

Postgraduate students who complete all three credit-bearing modules are awarded a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) in Defending Human Rights.

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities. Information about international fees can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 323561