Human Rights and International Relations

Postgraduate Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

An experience like no other. This unique MA will help you become a skilled professional in the field of promoting and protecting human rights.

Human Rights and International Relations

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

Number of Credits

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

Start date

September 2024


Degree Type




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On our MA Human Rights and International Relations, our priority is ensuring that you graduate with a professional skillset. This incorporates;

  • Exploring 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.
  • Introducing you to core international relations, historical, philosophical, legal, sociological and theological debates in human rights. 
  • Exposing you 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.

These three strands will ensure that you graduate with the skills to succeed in a highly competitive environment for international human rights advocacy and protection.

How you'll learn

A course that's shaped around you.

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
  • be taught by active researchers who are committed to social justice and have made groundbreaking impacts on society. 
  • benefit from regular workshops and seminars that the centre holds as well as being a part of major EU-funded projects and activities.
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Career options

It all starts here.

Graduates of MA Human Rights and International Relations 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.

You could work in roles such as:

  • Human Rights Advocate
  • International Development Consultant
  • Diplomatic Officer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Nonprofit Program Manager
  • Humanitarian Aid Worker
  • International Relations Researcher
  • Conflict Resolution Specialist
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Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. We will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers.

Application Info

How to apply

Postgraduate programmes

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

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Tuition fees and funding

September 2024 entry tuition fees

UK EU and International
£9,188 £17,325

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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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Our Alumni