Human Rights and International Relations

Postgraduate degree

Human Rights and International Relations

This unique MA will help you become a skilled professional in the field of promoting and protecting human rights.

Start Date:

September 2022

Duration:

1 year (full-time)
2 years (part-time)

Degree Type:

MA/PGDip/PGCert

Number of credits:

MA: 180 credits
PGDip: 120 credits
PGCert: 60 credits

Postgraduate and Doctoral open evening

Wednesday 9 February 2022, 5–7.30pm

Course and Module Details

Overview:

This is the UK's only master's in Human Rights and International Relations, and will help you gain a critical understanding of the central role that human rights play in current international debates.

On this challenging programme you'll explore the role of human rights and international relations in issues such as terrorism, struggles for democratic freedoms, genocide, defence policy, climate change and social justice. You will graduate with the skills to succeed in a highly competitive environment for international human rights advocacy and protection.

The course engages you in the core issues in the study of international relations alongside the theory and practice of human rights from a variety of perspectives. It starts by introducing you to core international relations, historical, philosophical, legal, sociological and theological debates in human rights. You will be exposed to the latest methods in human rights research, equipping you with the skills to conduct your own research in the world of human rights promotion and protection.

You will have the opportunity to get first-hand experience in the field by choosing a work experience module working within a London-based human rights organisation, and gain international experience in the field by taking part in our annual research study trip to learn about the promotion and protection of human rights.

You will be taught by active researchers who are committed to social justice and have made groundbreaking impacts on society. The Crucible Centre for Human Rights Research is a multidisciplinary research centre conducting research on a range of contemporary human rights, migration and related issues. You will benefit from regular workshops and seminars that the centre holds as well as being a part of major EU-funded projects and activities.

London's diverse international community is central to this programme, which has an established network with human rights organisations to help provide you with opportunities for professional work placements for launching your career.

Modules

 


These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.

Indicative Timetable

Students on this course are normally in Monday and Tuesday.

Tuition fees and funding

September 2022 entry tuition fees

Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.

UK EU and International
£8,500 £14,875

Career Options

Graduates work in human rights campaigning, advocacy and defending within national and international government and non-governmental agencies, charities, think tanks, or in journalism and the media.

How to apply

Postgraduate programmes

You can apply now for any programme starting in January, February, April or September 2022.

All postgraduate taught applications can be made via our online application form.

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

International students
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.

  • See our Finance pages for more details

Postgraduate application process FAQs

 

To apply, you need to complete our online application form.

No, you can save and revisit your application form and can contact us directly at any time if you need advice or assistance.

We have general entry requirements for postgraduate courses. Many of our courses also have specific entry requirements. You can find details of these, and the fees for individual courses, on our postgraduate course pages.

If you are a prospective postgraduate student who has home fee status, then you can apply close to the start of the course of study. However, if you have international fee status and require a Tier 4 Visa, then you will normally need to apply much earlier. Please see our application deadlines for postgraduate study.

We encourage all students to apply as early as possible, as some programmes have limited numbers.

Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.

You can find more information on our postgraduate home and postgraduate international financial support pages. There are also other sources of external funding for international students available.

Yes, we have a wide range of high quality and competitively priced on-campus student residences. We are able to offer quiet rooms and can adjust for those with specific access needs.

Find out more on our accommodation pages

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Our Research

Our research is led by a multi-disciplinary team of sociologists, criminologists, social anthropologists and socio-legal scholars, united by a sociological approach to exploring inequalities, prejudice and social trends as they relate to social justice in diverse societies. Our work on social justice centres around four principal research themes: citizenship, migration and rights; personal life, sexuality and identity; social and political violence; and health policies, illness and well-being. Click here to view our research page.

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At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options. 

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.