- We are ranked 6th in the UK for the impact of our social sciences research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
- Get first-hand experience 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.
- Over half our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
This programme is under re-validation*
Gain a world view on the current debates within the theory and practice of protecting human rights at Roehampton. You will approach this complex subject from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on sociological, legal, philosophical and political insight.
This programme is ideal for students who are pursuing careers as human rights defenders, preparing for training in international law or keen to gain experience in campaigning. You will graduate with the skills you need to succeed in a highly competitive international environment for human rights advocacy and protection.
Our programme will provide you with a strong body of knowledge in human rights, which draws upon a range of disciplines in law, politics, sociology, history and philosophy. This holistic approach to human rights 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 ground-breaking 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 access to its range of regular workshops, seminars and have the opportunity to take part in major EU-funded projects and activities.
London’s diverse international community is central to this programme which has an established network of human rights organisations to help provide you with opportunities for professional work placements for launching your career.
The course is designed to give you the tools to kick-start your career in human rights. 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 foundations to conduct your own research in the world of human rights promotion and protection.
In the second term, you will be able to take a variety of modules to tailor the programme offering to your interests. 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.
Here are examples of the modules:
- Human Rights: Discourses and Debates
- Sociology of Human Rights
- Human Rights Advanced Placement
- International Human Rights and Criminal Law
- Civil Society, Policy and Management
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 for human rights campaigning, advocacy, and defending within national and international government and non-governmental agencies, charities, think tanks, or in journalism and the media.
As a requirement of its registration with the Office for Students, the University is required to comply with a quality and standards condition which includes a requirement to have well-designed programmes giving a high quality academic experience. In order to discharge this responsibility, the University conducts regular and systematic monitoring and reviewing of programmes and implements changes considered necessary as a result ("re-validation"). This programme is currently undergoing a re-validation exercise and may therefore change. The University will publish details of the amended programme which it anticipates will be by 28 February in the academic year prior to the start date of the course. You are advised to check the University website then to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information, you should contact 0208 392 3232.
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.