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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Politics & Government

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 3 years part-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    For current fees see our website

  • Last Updated

    28 August 2018

Course content

The MA in Development and Human Rights examines the comparatively new interface between Human Rights and International Development.

Key Features of MA in Development and Human Rights

The MA in Development and Human Rights is a multi-disciplinary programme combining insights from the fields of development studies, politics, political theory and international law. It examines some of the key issues confronting twenty-first century global societies through a dynamic programme that combines theoretical and applied perspectives and is taught by a team of leading academics in their fields.

Development and Human Rights students will be encouraged to apply legal theory, social and political theory and research tools in analysing and understanding development and human rights, as well as being taught key historical and policy dimensions and concepts.

Development and Human Rights Course Structure

The full-time Development and Human Rights course structure is split across the year with three modules offered in each academic semester (a total of six modules in (part one) and then a dissertation over the summer (part two).

Students study four compulsory modules, the research process module and one optional module. The dissertation component is written on a specialist research topic of their choosing.


Modules on the MA in Development and Human Rights typically include:

  • International Human Rights Law
  • Conceptual Issues In the Theory and Practice of Social Sciences
  • Human rights, Humanitarian Intervention and Global Justice: Moral Problems International Politics
  • Rights-based Approaches to Development
  • War, Identity and Society
  • International Security in the Asia Pacific
  • The State of Africa
  • Critical Security Studies: Issues and Approaches in Contemporary Security
  • Postcolonialism, Orientalism, Eurocentrism
  • Gender and the Social Sciences
  • Comparative Governance in Complex Systems
  • Devolution in Comparative Perspective
  • Cyber Governance

Work-based Placements

Development and Human Rights students are offered opportunities (awarded on a competitive basis) for work-based placement learning either through the Study in Gambia programme or placements arranged with government organisations in Wales.

Development and Human Rights Programme Aims

  • To develop critical, theoretical and analytical skills and improve written and oral communication skills.
  • To acquire research skills and research methodologies.
  • To appreciate the role of development and human rights within wider social, economic and political contexts and the implications for policy formation.

Research Interests

The following research groups at Swansea provide a distinct international and multi-disciplinary forum for the advancement of study,


  • Development Studies
  • International Communication
  • Cultural Political Economy
  • Software Studies
  • Digital Theory
  • Policy and Governance
  • International Relations & Security

Regular research seminars and lectures are run through these groups and also through the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) which students are encouraged to attend.

The College of Arts and Humanities also has a Graduate Centre. The Centre fosters and supports individual and collaborative research activity of international excellence and offers a vibrant and supportive environment for students pursuing postgraduate research and postgraduate taught masters study. The Centre also provides postgraduate training to enhance research skills and offers support for career development.


Career expectations are excellent for Development and Human Rights graduates. MA degree holders may move on to doctoral study or enter employment sectors such as the diplomatic corps, the armed forces, intelligence and risk analysis, relief and humanitarian organisations, law and finance, government and politics and international business.

Visit the Development and Human Rights MA page on the Swansea University website for more details!





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