University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Human Rights

We address key debates in the field (including cultural relativism, indigenous rights, multiculturalism), compare philosophical positions within the historical evolution and contemporary form of human rights, identify and assess the contemporary international human rights regimes (including the United Nations, regional institutions, national bodies and international and local advocates), and apply human rights to broader concerns (such as migration, health, humanitarianism and postconflict reconstruction). By the end of the course you will have strengthened your analytical, research and presentation skills and gained specialist knowledge on a particular subject through research for a 10,000-word dissertation. Although some students do have experience in the field of human rights (and related fields), which contributes to a rich learning environment, you do not require any previous work experience to do this course.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in politics, international relations, philosophy, law, history, sociology, anthropology, development studies or a related field.

Course modules

Autumn term: Human rights and the politics of culture; liberalism, modernity and globalisation. Spring term: You adapt the course to your interests by taking 2 modules from: Activism for development and social justice; anthropology of childhood; critical debates in environment and development; cultural understandings of health and healing; culture and identity rights; embodiment and institutionalisation of violence, conflict and conciliation; fair trade, ethical business and new moral economies; globalisation and rural change; human rights in international relations; international crimes; knowledge, power and resistance; migration, inequality and social change; poverty, vulnerability and the global economy; reconciliation and reconstruction; refugees, displacement and humanitarian response; the architecture of aid; the politics of citizenship and immigration; transnational migration and diaspora; women and human rights. Options may vary. You also take a research methods and professional skills module, which provides training to prepare you for further research and a professional career. This module is delivered as a series of workshops including one that prepares you for your dissertation. Summer term: You undertake supervised work on your dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a 3 hour unseen exam; a 5000-word term paper; assessment of spring-term options varies, but will mainly consist of term papers; a 10000-word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,060 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 14,450 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MA Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
01273 678039