University of York

University of York

Defending Human Rights

This course is delivered wholly online through Yorkshare, the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) used by the University of York and is designed specifically for human rights defenders and those who protect and assist them. This programme would be of interest to a broad range of people engaged in human rights work, such staff of national and international NGOs, lawyers, journalists, writers, government officials, activists, community workers, trade union officials, social workers, teachers and scholars. The three modules in this programme are designed to help human rights defenders build the knowledge and practical skills needed for effective human rights work under challenging circumstances.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have either a first degree or relevant professional experience; a minimum overall IELTS of 6.5 (with a minimum 6.0 for each component); Pearson (PTE) of 61 (with a minimum of 55 in each component); CAE and CPE 176 (with a minimum of 169 in each component); or GCSE A, B, C.

Course modules

Modules include: international human rights law and advocacy; working safely - managing risk and strengthening protection; leading and managing effective human rights organisations with a final assignment at the end of each term.

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
PgCert Distance learning £ 3,920 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
PgCert Distance learning £ 3,920 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
01904 325830