University of York

University of York

Applied Human Rights

The course focuses on the use of rights discourse and tools within the human rights mainstream and in a range of related fields (development, humanitarianism, conflict transformation, the environment, public health etc.). As such, it is designed for practitioners and would-be practitioners across this spectrum who wish to engage with applied human rights. The course covers: Exploring how human rights can advance social justice in law, policy and social activism; it is interdisciplinary and holistic (integrating knowledge of human rights, development, conflict, and more); students will acquire relevant knowledge but also skills that are vital for a career in human rights e.g. project management skills; the lecturers are both academics and experienced practitioners, and the international human rights defenders hosted by the Centre will attend and lead classes; an international field trip to South Africa takes place in the 1st term, enabling students to work alongside local NGOs and human rights defenders on concrete projects.

Entry requirements

People from diverse academic backgrounds, and from human rights organisations and other, related fields, are encouraged to apply. Applicants will normally be expected to have a good 1st degree (2.1 or its equivalent). Applications are also welcomed from candidates with a good 2.2 degree (or equivalent) and at least three years relevant work experience. If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Course modules

Modules include: Defending human rights; international human rights law and advocacy; social sciences and human rights practice. Optional modules include: asylum, migration and human trafficking; culture and protest; truth, justice and reparations after violence. Optional modules taught in other departments: Conflict and development (politics); contemporary issues in toleration (politics); critical perspectives on the criminal justice system (sociology); global governance (politics); globalisation and social policy (social policy and social work); governing for the environment (politics); peace agreements ending intra-state conflicts (politics); law and social control (sociology); teaching and learning citizenship and global education (education); women citizenship and conflict (Centre for Women's Studies).

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on dissertation.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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