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Applied Human Rights, MA

University of York, the United Kingdom

University of York

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
MAFull-time1 yearOctoberGBP 6200 per yearGBP 14340 per year
MAPart-time2 yearsSeptemberGBP 3100 per yearGBP 7170 per year

About Applied Human Rights, MA - at University of York

The MA 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.

Why choose the MA at York?

"It is amazing being with people from such diverse backgrounds and experiences. There is so much to learn from the programme and the students. I have felt, just from the first few weeks, that the professors really care about your passions, and through the South Africa placement and assessments you can really decide how you want to make your mark in the human rights field."

Laura Jones, United States, MA in Applied Human Rights 2012/13

Our MA in Applied Human Rights is distinctive in five main ways:

  • it is uniquely applied, 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 first term, enabling students to work alongside local NGOs and human rights defenders on concrete projects.

MA structure

The MA structure has three components: compulsory modules, and an inner and outer ring of options. In total, students need to complete five modules (two compulsory, in the first term; one compulsory, running over two terms; two options in the second term). A dissertation will fulfill the requirements for an MA. This structure has been chosen so as to maximize the choice available to students, but to guide the selection process in a constructive way eg: indicating where modules are practice-based and where they are not.

Continuous assessment of applied skills is a feature of the programme.

Entry requirements

People from diverse academic backgrounds, and from human rights organisations and other, related fields, are encouraged to apply. Applicants are expected to have a good first degree (2:1 or its equivalent) and/or relevant work experience.

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