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The award
MSc

How long you will study
2

Domestic course fees
EUR 2507 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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find out

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About Human Rights and Multi-Level Governance at University of Padova

The MA programme in Human Rights and Multi-level Governance is a contribution to developing a universal culture of human rights such as highlighted by Unesco and the United Nations. Accordingly, it has a strong policy- and action-oriented approach. This master's degree is in full continuity with previous post-graduate programmes in human rights, taught in Italian, that the University of Padua has been delivering since 1988.

The MA aims at developing ad-hoc knowledge and skills to promote and fulfil human rights within the broader context of legal and political processes and multi-level policies. Human rights law, multi-level governance framework, and the concepts of “human development” and “human security” are the paradigm of reference throughout the course.

The multi-level approach allows combining international trends analysis and an in-depth study of local policies. The programme’s research and lecturing activities reflect the transnational and transcultural dimensions of human rights studies.

Courses, in English, are in seminar form and promote the active participation of students in class. Internships in qualified agencies and supervised research are encouraged. The MA includes special modules with the participation of practitioners of European and international organisations and academic institution.

The programme encourages study experiences abroad financed under student mobility programmes and bilateral agreements. Up to five students of the Master's degree may obtain a double degree in international relations spending the second year of the course at the Polish University of Wroclaw.

The programme promotes extra-curricular education opportunities in cooperation with the Human Rights Centre “Antonio Papisca” of the Padova University and other non-academic institutions and bodies. Such initiatives include a study trip to United Nations Human Rights bodies in Geneva, the Winter School “Microfinance in Action” in Nepal, the simulation exercise on refugees and migrants with the Italian Red Cross, the “Human trafficking simulation-based” organised by the OSCE/Office of the Special Representative for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings.

The programme assists students to find suitable internship opportunities with qualified governmental and nongovernmental institutions, in Italy and abroad.

The MA in Human Rights and Multi-level Governance is supported by the Human Rights Centre “Antonio Papisca” established within the University of Padova in 1982 as a laboratory for multidisciplinary research and post-graduate education and training in the field of human rights.

Thanks to the initiative of the Centre, the University of Padova can now offer a complete 3+2+3 (bachelor, master, PhD) specialised human rights training to young students aiming to become human rights experts: the Degree Course in Political Science, International Relations, Human Rights, the MA Degree Programme in Human Rights and Multi-level Governance, and the international joint PhD programme in Human Rights, Society, and Multi-level Governance.

Between 1997 and 2003, the Centre launched and coordinated the European Master Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (41 European universities awarding a joint Master’s degree, funded by the EU).

The Centre hosts the UNESCO Chair “Human rights, democracy and peace” of the University of Padova and the Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence “Intercultural dialogue, human rights and multi-level governance”.

The Centre edits the Italian Yearbook of Human Rights. The Yearbook intends to take stock of how the international human rights monitoring system assesses Italy's performance, in order to provoke an informed and open debate on this fundamental feature of public life. The Italian version is published by Padova University Press; the English version is published by Peter Lang International Academic Publishers (Brussels).

The Centre edits Peace Human Rights Governance (PHRG), an open-access academic peer-reviewed journal published three times a year in English by Padova University Press. It constitutes an innovative scientific resource within the increasing and multi-faceted global human rights studies community, which aims to present original contributions to current human rights issues while actively favouring the development of a solid multi- and inter-disciplinary, and multi-level approach to human rights research and dissemination.

Since 1989 the Centre has been managing a rich data-base entitled “Peace Human Rights Archives”, which is functioning on the basis of a Veneto Region law on human rights and peace.

During its decades-long experience, the Centre has also developed strong network relations with academic institutions, public authorities at the local, national, European and international levels, NGOs and schools. The Centre is active in several international human rights networks, among others: the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation, the Universities Against the Death Penalty, the Association of Human Rights Institutions, the Global Unesco Chairs system, Scholars at Risk Network.

Several alumni are now competent officers within international organisations engaged in human rights protection (United Nations, European Commission, the EU Council’s COHOM, OSCE), as well as programme managers in renowned international NGOs.

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Notes about fees for this course

Information on 2018/19 fees are available on page: www.unipd.it/en/tuition-fees.

The total amount (euro 2507,00) can be significantly waived based on your “Equivalent Economic Status Index – ISEE”. For further information on how to obtain your ISEE and other income-based reductions, see Funding and fees - Key Documents.

Applicants receiving an offer of admission, either unconditional or conditional, will be asked to pay a tuition fee deposit of euro 185,00 within 30 days to secure their place on the programme.

Entry requirements

Contact University of Padova to find course entry requirements.

What students think about University of Padova

    Yiwey Cao

    Testimonial from Yiwey Cao, student at University of Padova
    • Master’s degree in Economics and Finance
    • Galilean School Diploma
    • Current position: Consultant at Prometeia (Milan, Italy)

    As Padova University students we are accustomed to apply rigorous methodologies in order to be successful in our academic lives: it is not easy to be prepared for all the exams which could be concentrated in a very short time, exam preparation requires good time management and ability to work under pressure.

    Both these skills have a long lasting impact in the professional career in order to manage projects with great complexity.

    As Galilean School student I had also the possibility of having an interdisciplinary academic path and the interaction with students from all different academic backgrounds that gave me a flexible mindset. I remember discussions of news topics with student of Philosophy, Math or Biology in which I found very interesting their way to approach the problem.

    Having a constant exposure in the multi-disciplinary environment benefits me in the long-term. Especially in the professional routine, this is surely a value-adder, for it enables us to analyze the problems from a different perspective. As in one of my recent projects, we apply a physics model to a bank in order to perform the client segmentation.

    Padua graduates possess good reputation in all the companies I have been in contact with. The strong academic background together with extracurricular activities (such as internships or international experiences) make Padua graduates appealing candidates in the job market.

    Maria Daniela Rueda Lara

    Testimonial from Maria Daniela Rueda Lara, student at University of Padova
    • Master’s degree in Human rights and multi-level Governance (HRG)
    • Current position: Advisor to the Executive Directorate of the National Institute of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Ecuador (Quito, Ecuador)

    The University of Padua has taught me the value of challenge. It is difficult to change your address, language, culture and customs when you leave your country. UNIPD has a very different method than my university at Ecuador, so every step was a challenge that I chose to overcome and with this, I reaffirmed what I wanted to do in life. Challenging yourself is a perfect way to keep you open-minded, resilient, ready to act and more alive than ever.

    At University of Padua I learned and I keep with me to never take anything for granted. There will be always someone better, faster, stronger, and you just cannot give up. But there will be also tons of generous and kind people, also take your time to meet them, talk to them and learn from them.

    In my city there are not so many UNIPD graduates but in general it well seen to have a degree in a well-known university from a country that has arrives to certain level of development.

    Omar Antonio Celis Bojorquez

    Testimonial from Omar Antonio Celis Bojorquez , student at University of Padova
    • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering
    • Current position: Project manager

    In my childhood, I used to spend a lot of time with my grandmother after school. Since she lived in a very dangerous neighborhood in Peru, I spent most part of my time trying to invent and build traps and stuff to make her feel more safe.

    So it was about little projects, from design until construction; that feeling just made “click” something on me. Managing civil projects (no more traps) remind me that sensation, and I take care of it with passion and accuracy like it was for grandma.

    The most important teaching that the University of Padova has transmitted to me is that hard working and sacrifice pays always. Every course is like real life projects: time management and organization are everything.

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