Created by GCU in partnership with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, this first-of-its-kind, work-based programme will empower you to promote the principles of human rights. Unlock your potential, as well as that of your organisation, and contribute to practical and positive change in your community.
Designed for professionals and volunteers in the voluntary and public sectors, our MSc Citizenship and Human Rights allows you to engage meaningfully with issues of citizenship, justice and globalisation – and learn how to lead the way to greater equality, social responsibility and a more participative democracy.
This programme also offers a reward for work you may already be doing (often unrecognised as being about citizenship and human rights) and accredits your skills and knowledge.
Accessible, applied and portable, this blended-learning (primarily online) programme will open new doors to a career that truly serves the common good, with opportunities to network and grow your understanding of diverse viewpoints within your workplace and beyond.
You'll take a holistic approach and learn to apply academic theory to practical outcomes – leading to better social inclusion, higher productivity, happier employees and clients and lower churn (turnover). Through the shared beliefs of the open and diverse GCU community, we'll help you build the confidence and ability to bring citizenship and human rights to the centre of your community, work and life.
Globalisation and Migration
Through study of the globalisation of the labour market you will gain a unique insight into political and economic fluctuations, and patterns of legal and illegal human traffic worldwide. You will also learn to identify migratory patterns and their impact on diversity and community.
Leadership, Equality and Social Responsibility
Reflects upon changes within society, within which there are fewer resources and more people striving to overcome barriers such as bureaucracy, financial limitations and discrimination. Discussion over the source of new leadership who recognise the value of civic and social responsibility will take place.
Examines international human rights; who is right and what constitutes as a valid claim to rights? Debates over prisoner rights to vote, detention camps, asylum seeker issues and mistreatment of elderly people in care homes, amongst other topics will be discussed.
Citizenship and Practice
Promotion of rights, equality and citizenship lie at the heart of many voluntary organisations and NGO's. This module, examines individuals participating within their communities to help strengthen civil society and democracy to promote justice.
The dissertation provides the most exciting opportunity to focus on the area of your work that most interests you and to turn it into an extended mediation that will benefit your clients and their communities.
The sequence of the modules will be dependent on a number of factors including student numbers.
Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) comprises 60 credits, a Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) comprises 120 credits and a Masters (MSc) comprises 180 credits.
The programme is delivered in a blended learning mode, that is, through distance learning on the universitys Virtual Learning Environment, GCU Learn, in combination with face to face seminars at GCUs city campus two or three times a year.
Work Based Learning generally describes learning while a person is employed. The learning is usually based on the needs of the individual's career and employer, and leads to nationally recognised qualifications.
In order to participate in the programme you must be aware of the following:
Our graduates adopt leadership roles in a variety of fields – helping promote and develop a culture of rights, social justice and equality across industries and sectors in the UK and abroad.
With GCU's reputation for academic excellence, including our top 5% world ranking and international network in teaching and research – you'll have the tools you need to advance your career and change the world around you.
Food Regulatory Affairs is an interdisciplinary subject area - integrating science, law and food/health policy as applied to the regulation of the entire food chain from pre-harvest to the consumer. International perspectives on Food Regulatory Affairs have become increasingly important, particularly since the formation of the World Trade Organisation and the international acceptance of Codex Alimentarius standards. This programme is designed to provide postgraduate training in Food Regulatory Affairs for individuals employed in the food sector, regulatory agencies, government departments, and trade organisations as well as those who wish to develop their career in this field.
The awards are granted jointly between Ulster University (UK), and University College Dublin (IRL), in association with University College Cork (IRL). European and global experts in science, law, economics, and policy contribute to the courses.
All the courses in the programme are entirely internet delivered through a modular format. Modules have a credit value of either 15 or 30 credit points. The credit rating of a module is in proportion to the effort required from the student, thus a 30 point module corresponds to 300 hours of notional learning time including viewing lectures, tutorials, discussion groups, coursework, assignment and self-study. All modules are at level 7.
For the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Food Regulatory Affairs students undertake taught modules worth a total of 60 credit points and this is delivered part-time over two semesters (i.e. over one academic year) with students taking one 30 credit core module in each semester.
For the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Food Regulatory Affairs students undertake taught modules worth a total of 120 credit points and this is delivered full-time over two semesters (i.e. over one academic year) with students taking up to 60 credit points of modules in each semester.
For the award of Master of Science in Food Regulatory Affairs students undertake taught modules worth a total of 120 credit points and complete a 60 credit research project module. Full-time students normally take three semesters (i.e. one academic year) to complete the MSc.
Full-time students will be advised to explore the possibility of taking a short placement in food companies and the Ulster University will facilitate such placements for students who are based in Northern Ireland.
Accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST).
The academic content of the programme helps students to develop knowledge and understanding of legislative, policy and scientific aspects of food regulatory affairs as well as to acquire skills to disseminate and implement knowledge in practice. This leads to excellent employment opportunities in government (EU and international) and non-government organisations, and in the European and international agri-food industry.