- Get firsthand experience in the promotion and protection of human rights on our annual international research study trip. (Please note trip is dependent on sufficient student numbers on the course and requires a total of eight students. Cost of trip not included within course fees).
- Join our team of researchers in the internationally renowned Crucible Centre for Human Rights Research.
- We are ranked 6th in the UK for the impact of our social sciences research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
- Over half our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
This is the UK's only master's in Human Rights and International Relations. It will help you become a skilled professional in the field of promoting and protecting human rights. You will 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. Our programme draws upon a range of disciplines in law, politics, sociology, history and philosophy. This holistic approach will enable you to choose a specialisation and tailor your own research project according to your interests.
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.
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 firsthand experience in the field by choosing a work experience module working within a London-based human rights organisation.
The Ideological Battleground of Human Rights
Genocide, Atrocities and International Justice
Human Rights Advanced Placement
International Development and Economic Justice
Identity, Diversity and Human Rights
Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.
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.
Life at Roehampton
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.