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  • We are ranked 6th in the UK for the impact of our social sciences research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • Get first-hand experience of human rights on our annual international research study trip. (Please note trip is dependent on sufficient student numbers on the course and requires a total of eight students. Cost of trip not included within course fees). 
  • Join our team of researchers in the internationally-renowned Crucible Centre for Human Rights Research.
  • Over half our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Summary

Gain a world view on the current debates within the theory and practice of protecting human rights at Roehampton. You will approach this complex subject from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on sociological, legal, philosophical and political insight.

This programme is ideal for students who are pursuing careers as human rights defenders, preparing for training in international law or keen to gain experience in campaigning. You will graduate with the skills you need to succeed in a highly competitive international environment for human rights advocacy and protection.

Our programme will provide you with a strong body of knowledge in human rights, which draws upon a range of disciplines in law, politics, sociology, history and philosophy. This holistic approach to human rights will enable you to choose a specialisation and tailor your own research project according to your interests.

Gain international experience in the field by taking part in our annual research study trip to learn about the promotion and protection of human rights.

You will be taught by active researchers who are committed to social justice and have made ground-breaking impacts on society. The Crucible Centre for Human Rights Research is a multidisciplinary research centre conducting research on a range of contemporary human rights, migration and related issues. You will benefit from access to its range of regular workshops, seminars and have the opportunity to take part in major EU-funded projects and activities.

London’s diverse international community is central to this programme which has an established network of human rights organisations to help provide you with opportunities for professional work placements for launching your career.

Content

The course is designed to give you the tools to kick-start your career in human rights. It starts by introducing you to core international relations, historical, philosophical, legal, sociological and theological debates in human rights. You will be exposed to the latest methods in human rights research, equipping you with the foundations to conduct your own research in the world of human rights promotion and protection.

In the second term, you will be able to take a variety of modules to tailor the programme offering to your interests. You will have the opportunity to get first-hand experience in the field by choosing a work experience module working within a London-based human rights organisation.

Modules

Here are examples of the modules:

Compulsory and Required modules

Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules

Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Career options

Graduates work for human rights campaigning, advocacy, and defending within national and international government and non-governmental agencies, charities, think tanks, or in journalism and the media.


Visit the Human Rights - MA/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Roehampton website for more details!

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