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MSc Human Rights

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

1 Year
 Start month

 Tuition fee

18670 GBP
11190 GBP
75 GBP

Application fee

International 75 GBP
National 75 GBP
Political Science
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92

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About this course

The Human Rights MA develops the skills and theoretical tools needed to carry out human rights research. It provides an understanding of the foundations, nature, limits and implementation of human rights. Students are introduced to philosophical, legal and policy issues and encouraged to engage with them in a critical way.

  • UCL Political Science is recognised as a centre of excellence in the field and offers a uniquely stimulating environment for the study of human rights.
  • Students benefit from weekly seminars featuring distinguished external speakers, and regular high-profile events for policy-makers and others. Each year the students have the opportunity to participate in a study trip to Geneva to visit the United Nations Human Rights Institutions and meet human rights practitioners.
  • The research preparation and tailor-made interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary training students receive are of the highest standard available at one of the world's top universities, as reflected in UCL's performance in a range of rankings and tables.
  • Student / staff ratios › 32 staff › 525 taught students › 40 research students

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Eligibility Criteria

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is:Advanced

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Course Modules

Core Modules

  • International Law and Human Rights (30)
  • International Human Rights: Standards and Institutions (15)
  • Theoretical Foundations of Human Rights (15)
  • Normative Methods, Legal Analysis and Research Skills (15)


  • Choose one of the following 15-credit modules
  • Introduction to Qualitative Methods (15)
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods (15)
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods (15)
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods (15)
  • Choose further modules up to a value of 30 credits in total from a list available at:
  • www.ucl.ac.uk/spp/teaching/masters/ma-human-rights
  • The following are suggestions:
  • Terrorism (15)
  • War, Peace, Human Rights and International Law (15)
  • Equality, Justice and Difference (15)
  • The Ethics of Poverty (15)
  • Democracy and Accountability: Holding Power to Account (15)
  • Governing Divided Societies (15)
  • Gendering the Study of Politics: Theory and Practice (15)
  • The Politics of Human Rights in Latin America: challenges to Democratisation (15)
  • Global Ethics (15)

All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning
The programme has an integrated research and teaching approach, where key and cutting edge areas are brought into the seminar room for discussion, and students are encouraged to carry out original research into these areas. Assessment is through essays, unseen examination, seminar presentations, and the dissertation.

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How to Apply

You must submit your application yourself and not via an agency.

Applications must be supported by:

  • two references from people who are able to comment on your suitability for the programme for which you are applying;
  • transcripts (in English) for all qualifications that are relevant to your application;
  • English language certificate (if applicable)
  • See a list of what you need to apply.
  • Please note that references must be received within two weeks of the programme deadline in order for you to have the best chance of being considered.

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