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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas



  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    MA: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time; PGDip: 9 months full-time, 18 months part-time

  • Course Type

    MA, PgDip

  • Course Fees

    Please see the University website for details.

  • Last Updated

    24 January 2019


This course explores recent changes to the global cultural and political landscape, and what these mean for individuals and groups accessing their human rights. 

Demand for various forms of expertise on human rights, citizenship and identities is rapidly expanding as governments, international agencies, non-governmental and private sector organisations become increasingly sensitive to, and interested in questions about rights and identities.

In the current global context, national versions of citizenship have reached crisis point. Yet what does it mean to think of yourself as a global citizen? This course investigates critical global issues such as war, migration, climate change, credit crunch, nationalism, global media, sex tourism, modern slavery, gender and sexuality, and contemporary racism.

Key facts

Course details

Across the autumn and spring semesters, you will take 120 credits of core and optional modules. You will also be encouraged to undertake voluntary work with a non-governmental organisation.

MA students will complete a 60-credit 15,000-word dissertation over the summer, and an appropriate dissertation supervisor will oversee your progress.

Previous topics have included:

  • To what extent do the campaigns carried out by international non-governmental organisations reflect the social model of disability?
  • Building global citizenship and awareness of education: the role of the NGO
  • British Pakistani Muslim mothers perceptions post 7/7 living in the city of Nottingham
  • The internet as a realm of civic engagement: how the internet has impacted the participation of women in the public sphere in Egypt and Jordan from 2006-2011 and why internet and accessibility is essential for their employment
  • Understanding treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in Britain and what steps can be taken to better protect their human rights


Modules are typically assessed through a 5,000-word essay or report (or two 2,500-word essays or reports), usually on a topic of your choice.


Core modules

  • Between Europe and the Middle East: Critical Questions of Citizenship and Identity
  • Globalisation, Citizenship and Identity
  • Human Rights and Critical Modern Slavery
  • Research Methods and Research Management
  • Dissertation in Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights (MA only)

Optional modules

You will choose 40 credits of optional modules from the below list, or schools/departments across the University, subject to approval.

  • Contemporary Issues and Debates in Criminology
  • Dynamics of International Social Policy
  • Globalisation, Europeanisation and Public Policy
  • Information Age Management in Government
  • Leadership, Strategy and Performance in the Public Sector
  • Policy Analysis: Concepts and Theories
  • Political Theory and Social Policy
  • Theoretical Frontiers in Criminology
  • Welfare Policy

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


This course is particularly beneficial if you wish to pursue a career in non-governmental organisations, academia, civil service or journalism, as it provides advanced-level sociological knowledge of debates on human rights, citizenship, globalisation and identities.

It also offers opportunities to develop specialist understanding of post-conflict cultures, human rights law and/or of media and globalisation, rights and identities.

Our graduates move into a wide range of careers following their time in the school. Studying at postgraduate level can give you a head start in the job market by helping you to gain new knowledge and develop vital skills.

Employability and average starting salary

96.3% of postgraduates from the School of Sociology and Social Policy who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £27,900 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £31,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Visit the Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights MA/PGDip page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!





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