The degree can be taken full time over one year or part time over 24 or 36 months, with entry in October only. The degree comprises four compulsory modules, including a dissertation, and three optional modules.
The distance learning option can be studied part time over 2-5 years for the MA in Human Rights or in less time for the PG Certificate or PG Diploma in Human Rights, please visit the University of London website for further information.
The Human Rights Consortium, in collaboration with the Institute of Latin American Studies, offers a specialist pathway through the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights which enables students to focus their studies on the human rights concerns – past, present and future – of Latin America. Find out more about the Latin American Pathway.
Core modules (three in autumn term, dissertation in summer term)
Optional modules (three in spring term)
Please note that the list of modules is indicative and may be subject to change.
Please note that part-time students take four modules in the first year of study and two modules and the dissertation in the second year of study.
Teaching, learning and assessment
The MA convenor is Professor Damien Short, Professor of Human Rights and Environmental Justice. Other core lecturers include Dr Corinne Lennox (Senior Lecturer in Human Rights) and Professor David Cantor (Professor of Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies).
Their research interests include environmental justice and human rights, genocide, international human rights law, refugee protection, and the rights of indigenous peoples and minorities. In addition to their scholarly expertise, our academic staff act as human rights advocates, practitioners, and consultants, and their teaching draws on their extensive practical experience.
The programme is also enriched by an extensive range of guest lecturers, including academic specialists and human rights practitioners who offer practical perspectives on a number of topics. Speakers from NGOs provide practical, policy-orientated views on the impact of human rights norms and policies on the ground, thus providing different insights into the practicalities of human rights work.
The experience of our staff, plus the insights of human rights practitioners, means that the degree stays current with new developments in the field. You will benefit from small class sizes, so you can learn, debate and discuss ideas in a friendly and open environment while receiving individually tailored feedback on your work. Our lecturers are accessible and arranging meetings to discuss aspects of the course is actively encouraged. We provide a stimulating experience for our students that helps them achieve their intellectual and professional goals.
The MA is assessed through essays and examinations and through work similar to that produced by professionals in the human rights field, including legal reports, a media project and a mock funding proposal. Class participation also forms an element of the MA assessment.