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This MA draws on Sussex’s academic expertise from across multiple disciplines. We combine internationally recognised research with fresh thinking, contributing practical insights of great value to policy-makers.

You will:
-Address key debates in the field
-Compare positions within historical and contemporary forms of human rights
-Identify and assess current international human rights regimes
-Apply human rights to broader concerns

This course is for you if you already have experience in the field of human rights – but previous experience isn’t a requirement for this MA. You’ll strengthen your analytical, research and presentation skills, and gain specialist knowledge.

How will I study?

You will study through taught modules. There are two core modules in the autumn term. In the spring term, you choose from a list of options, allowing you to shape your degree to your own interests. There is also a module taught through workshops that prepares you for your dissertation.

You will be assessed via term papers. Your final assessment will be a dissertation, or dissertation by placement.


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

ESRC 1+3 and +3 Scholarships (2017)
-A number of ESRC-funded standalone PhD and PhD with Masters scholarships across the social sciences.
-Application deadline: 30 January 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017


Within the School of Global Studies there is a close academic collaboration between departments and interdisciplinary research centres. Outside the School, we have particularly strong links with the School of Law, Politics and Sociology, where a number of human rights faculty are located.


Our teaching provides excellent training for those intending to work in professional advocacy in human rights agencies or pursue further postgraduate research.

Our graduates have gone on to work for:
-The Refugee Council
-Age UK
-The Home Office
-Human Rights Watch
-The International Organisation for Migration

Visit the Human Rights - MA page on the University of Sussex website for more details!





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