University of East London

University of East London

Anthropology, Human Rights and Justice

This programme allows graduates and professionals to critically engage with pressing contemporary questions; for instance, how might justice be obtained in volatile public cultures of suspicion; how would you examine competing assertions of human rights amidst new forms of violations; how do people become weapons of war; are humanitarian workers always welcomed in peace-time; the programme also offers optional pathways in Law and in Refugee Studies; 3 core modules collectively guide students to develop critical understandings of human rights and justice issues, mapping a complex terrain of power and victimhood; students are able to choose from a wide range of optional modules from the LLM in Human Rights, the MA in Refugee Studies and MSc in Anthropology.

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold a degree in a related area, including social science, humanities, international politics and socio-legal studies from a UK university or its overseas equivalent; equivalent professional experience would also be considered; the eligibility of candidates without degree-equivalent qualifications will be assessed individually through a written statement and relevant supporting material such as an essay and an interview; international students may be interviewed by telephone or on skype.

Course modules

Modules include: Anthropological approaches (double dissertation module); anthropology, human rights and justice; landscapes of power and rights. Option modules: Current issues in forced migration; global environmental politics; international human rights; international refugee law; Islam and human rights; practice anthropology; war and human rights conflict, displacement and human security, citizenship and social policy.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through a range of formative and summative assessments. Formative assessments will involve informal feedback on presentations, various research exercises and peer reviews. Formal assessments are all coursework and include: critical research portfolios which will typically include research reports and or case studies; literature review portfolios which will typically include a review and presentation; essays. Each module is assessed independently. You will obtain 30 credits from each module with the exception of the double dissertation module which carries 60 credits: you will be assessed on a fieldwork-based dissertation for this module. All marks contribute to the final award.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 8,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 11,400 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 1,333 per Credit module (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Docklands Campus Newham E16 2RD South East

Key information

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0208 223 3333