University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Human Rights

This course provides students with an advanced, critical, interdisciplinary and systematic understanding of human rights issues within a global context. It is an interdisciplinary degree which allows student's exposure to developments in international politics, political theory, and law in order to better understand the complex global environment in which human rights claims are made.

Entry requirements

An Upper 2nd Class Honours degree in a cognate subject, or overseas equivalent; applicants whose 1st language is not English must attain 1 of the following: IELTS: overall 7, writing score 7; TOEFL: overall 623, TWE 5 (PBT); TOEFL: overall 263, TWE 5 (CBT) (this test is no longer available but results less than 2 years old can be submitted); TOEFL: overall 100, with 25 in each of the 4 sections (IBT).

Course modules

Modules include: Human rights law; dissertation research design; human rights in world politics; philosophy of politics research; introduction to quantitative methods; global justice; the ethics of killing; rhetoric in politics; focus groups for social research; human rights vocational placement.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a dissertation.

Sponsorship information

Stanley Jevons Postgradaute Loyalty Bursary: £1,500 fee reduction for University of Manchester graduates only who have obtained a 1st Class degree and who are fully self-financing; the Bursary is automatically deducted from the full tuition fee at registration.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time £ 3,330 per Academic year (home fees) 9 months
PgDip Full-time £ 8,200 per Academic year (overseas fees) 9 months
MA Full-time £ 5,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 12,300 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
PgDip Part-time - 21 months
MA Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
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