Kingston University

Kingston University

Human Rights

The course looks at how far human rights are enshrined in definitions of citizenship and to what extent they form the basis of national and international law. In addition it explores the extent to which human rights are enshrined in and supported by a deeper politics and culture, by institutions, structures, movements and values. It deals with political developments in the UK, in Europe and internationally. Students look at nation-states, international and transnational organisations, but also at campaigning movements and pressure groups. This involves both the study of the current international situation and of relations between states and non-state actors where conflicts have resulted in considerable violations of human rights. It also looks at the challenges and demands that have resulted from the continual and growing movements of people, refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

Entry requirements

A 2nd Class degree or above or equivalent; relevant non-certified learning; or work experience; applicants whose 1st language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Modules include: Applied research and work placement; applied research project; dissertation; human rights: architectures, actors, activism; strategies for achieving human rights. Optional modules: conflict theory and resolution; contemporary issues and case studies in security and conflict; environmental politics: movements and ideas; from state to global politics; international political economy; nationalism and modernity; political communication, advocacy and campaigning; terrorism, political violence and human rights; the theory and practice of international relations; critical perspectives on politics; genocide and crimes against humanity; globalisation in an age of US hegemony; starry eyed and laughing: music, film and politics.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through essays; reports; project work; presentations; dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,300 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 12,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 2,650 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 6,250 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Penrhyn Road Campus Kingston upon Thames KT1 2EE South East

Key information

Applicant Services
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0844 855 2177