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International Human Rights Law - MA

Course Description

Developed in association with the renowned human rights barrister, Geoffrey Robertson, QC, and distinguished colleagues of the world-famous Doughty Street Chambers, this innovative programme examines some of the key challenges in the field of International Human Rights.

International law and human rights have been at the heart of teaching and scholarly work at Regent’s for many years: this new programme offers a truly unique opportunity to be guided by special guests from Doughty Street alongside our talented team of academics.

You will be introduced to a range of topics in the field including, a history of human rights law, international relations, humanitarian intervention, free speech, prohibition of torture and inhumane treatment and international criminal law, with all theory supplemented by cutting edge research and case studies.

Why should I choose this programme?

The issues covered within this programme have never been so pertinent and in demand. The programme will enable you to address some of the contemporary challenges faced in operational environments which aim to protect and promote human rights. The programme informs those already in professional practice or those aspiring to work in this field with the skills and knowledge and the ability to introduce changes that will improve human rights policies at an international, regional and domestic level.

This programme is unique in its close link with practising professionals and real life cases, allowing you to really explore and understand what’s happening in the world today. We have an exceptionally talented team of lecturers including:

‌•Dr. Sara Bazoobandi, an author on food security and Associate Fellow of Chatham House.
‌•Dr. Mireille Hebing, an expert on migration and refugees.
‌•Dr. Neven Andjelic, recently elected to the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.
‌•Professor Yossi Mekelberg, expert and author on human rights issues ranging from right for self determination, gender, freedom of speech, refugees, collective punishment and house demolitions, rights of minorities and others. Professor Mekelberg has been a member of the London Committee of Human Rights Watch for the last 7 years and is regularly asked to write in international media about abuses of human rights.

As well as being guided by our team of experts, you will benefit directly from visiting lectures from renowned barristers from the Doughty Street Chambers who include:

‌•Geoffrey Robertson, QC
‌•Kirsty Brimelow, QC
‌•Professor Marc Weller
‌•Graeme Hall
‌•Edward Fitzgerald OBE, QC
‌•Professor Geraldine Van Beuren, QC
‌•Andrea Saccucci
‌•Jen Robinson

Engaging with these distinguished professionals will really bring the subject to life and provide you with a deep and comprehensive understanding of human rights law.

Key skills, aims and objectives

You will gain:

A systematic and comprehensive knowledge of international human rights law
The ability to identify and critically evaluate contemporary issues relating to international human rights
An understanding of how theory relates to practice, with extensive use of current and relevant case studies
The ability to interpret principal source materials as well as understanding relevant concepts, cases, statutes and treaties
Exposure to world renowned human rights lawyers who will share their knowledge and experience of working on landmark cases in the field

Future opportunities

This programme will prepare you for a number of careers, in areas such as diplomacy, international relations, domestic and international legal practice, international charities, and non-governmental organisations, as well as practising professionals in law, journalism, politics and economics.

How to apply

Applying to study at RUL is a quick and easy process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

•Apply online
•Apply directly to us using the application form available here http://www.regents.ac.uk/media/1188903/Regents-application-form.pdf
Once you have completed the application form, please send us the following supporting documents, by post, email or fax:

•Copies of academic transcripts and certificates of all academic study undertaken after secondary school
•One letter of academic reference
•A copy of your CV/resumé showing your work experience if applicable.
•A 300 to 500-word personal statement in support of your application, outlining your reasons for applying to your chosen programme and how you feel you will benefit from the course of study
•A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
•One recent passport-sized, colour photograph, jpeg format (this must be emailed to us at )
•If not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Please note: most candidates will be assessed for admission on the basis of their submitted application materials. However, RUL reserves the right to invite candidates for interview and to reject those who decline to attend.

Step 2 Making an offer

We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and will make you an offer by both email and post, or notify you that you have been unsuccessful.

If you have completed your education and have met all the entry requirements, you will be sent an unconditional offer. If you still have to finish your exams, or have yet to submit supporting documentation, we will make you a conditional offer.

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

Step 3 Accepting the offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must:

•Confirm your acceptance via email/post/telephone/in person
•Pay the registration fee (non-refundable)
•Pay the non-EU advance tuition fee deposit, if applicable (non-refundable)
•Please note: although there is no formal deadline to pay your registration fee or non-EU advance deposit, if you need to apply for an international student visa to study in the UK, then we recommend that you pay these as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay http://www.regents.ac.uk/study/how-to-pay.aspx

Step 4 Full acceptance and visa

On receipt of your acceptance we will issue the final set of documentation and, where needed, the relevant visa support documentation. To find out if you need a student visa please consult the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website for current information: http://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration (please note it is your own responsibility to arrange the appropriate visa).

For more information on course structure, admissions and teaching and assessment, please follow this link: http://www.regents.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/programmes/ma-international-human-rights-law.aspx#tab_course-overview

Visit the International Human Rights Law - MA page on the Regent’s University London website for more details!

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Student Profiles

Regent's Postgraduate Progression Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Regent's Postgraduate Progressions Scholarships reward the loyalty of undergraduate students who progress to entrol on a postgraduate degree with us. It's our way of saying thank you.Scholarships are worth up to 15% of tuition fees. The higher your degree classification, the higher the scholarship amount you will be awarded.1st class degree = 15% tuition fee reduction
2:1 class degree = 10% tuition fee reduction
2:2 class degree = 5% tuition fee reduction

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to 15% off tuition fees


Graduate from Regent's University London
All nationalities

Application Procedure

For further details please email the alumni team - [email protected]

Further Information



US Financial Aid - loan - No. of awards TBC

Direct subsidised and unsubsidised loans for US citizens, as well as Direct PLUS loans for eligible US citizens and Green Card holders administered by the US Department of Education (USED) for all eligible degree programmes offered at Regent’s University London.Internal / external funding: ExternalType of funding: LoanNationality: US citizens and Green Card holdersAmount: Up to the cost of attendance set up by the University

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to the cost of attendance set up by the University


US citizens and Green Card holders

Application Procedure

For an outline of the application process please use this flowchart - http://www.regents.ac.uk/study/scholarships-funding-and-bursaries/us-financial-aid.aspx#flow

Further Information



Fulbright Commission All-Disciplines (Open) Postgraduate Award - No. of awards TBC

Awards to US citizens for the first year of Master's or PhD study in any subject, or to conduct a period of independent research, covers the first year's tuition and a living stipend.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Award funding is intended as a contribution toward the first academic year of tuition fees


US citizens

Application Procedure

Please refer to the information on the Fulbright Commission website for application and other details http://www.fulbright.org.uk/fulbright-awards/exchanges-to-the-uk/postgraduates/all-disciplines-open-postgraduate-awards.**Information is subject to change according to Fulbright’s policies. Regent’s University London cannot guarantee programmes that fall under this award. Prospective applicants should check eligibility with Fulbright directly.

Further Information



Goa Education Trust Scholarships - India 2016 - No. of awards TBC

The UK Government’s global scholarships, available to students from 118 countries worldwide (excluding the USA and the EU). Scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars with leadership potential, either full or part funding for full-time postgraduate level study in any subject.

Value of Scholarship(s)



You can apply for an award if you:‌•are an Indian national with a valid Indian passport and domiciled in India at the time of application
‌•hold an unconditionaloffer of a place on one of the eligible postgraduate courses at RUL for September 2016 intake; and
do not exceed the age of 30 at point of application
‌•Have a strong academic background
‌•are not currently registered on an undergraduate or postgraduate course at RUL.
*Scholarships are for September 2016 only and cannot be deferred to a future start date

Application Procedure

Download the application online by clicking here https://www.britishcouncil.in/study-uk/scholarships/goa-education-trust-scholarships and sending your completed application to [email protected] email: [email protected] if you have any questions.

Further Information



Future Finance loans - No. of awards TBC

The University has partnered with Future Finance (as an alternative source of funding for our students*).The features of a Future Finance loan include:Loans are offered to all higher education students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) with a UK domiciled address, (students must meet appropriate credit checks and be aged 18 or over)
Loans are offered from £2,500 - £40,000 and can include living costs as well as tuition fees
Loans are repayable up to 10 years after graduation
Students can take up to four three month payment breaks during the loan period
Representative 11.8% APR (variable)
*Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by visiting the Future Finance webpage.Please note that other sources of funding may be available.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,500 - £40,000


Nationality: UK and EU

Application Procedure

To find out more and to apply, please visit the Future Finance webpage https://regents.financemyfuture.co.uk/

Further Information



Postgraduate loans - Student Finance England 2016-17 - No. of awards TBC

Please note that application for the 2016-17 academic year is not yet open. We were informed that applications will open at the end of June 2016. Please check back then for further information.Student Finance England (SFE) is now offering funding for UK and EU nationals, as well as students with the status of Migrant Worker (under the age of 60 on the date of first class of the first Master’s degree).Students, who already hold one Master’s degree (or an equivalent or higher-level qualification) will not be eligible.Internal / external funding: ExternalType of funding: Discretionary non-means-tested loan to a maximum of £10,000 for a Master’s programme. This is a contribution towards the costs of study, in other words, it will be at your own discretion how you use the loan – towards fees, maintenance costs or other costs.Nationality: Primarily UK, EU (see details)Amount: £10,000 maximum. You may apply for a smaller amount if that is what you require.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to £10,000


Nationality: Primarily UK, EU (see details)

Application Procedure

For further information, please see SFE websitehttp://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/media/6788/pgl-policy-summary.pdf

Further Information


Entry Requirements

We require successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.5 (out of 4.0) cumulative grade point average or its equivalent (e.g. 2:2 degree).For those applicants whose mother tongue is not English, we also require proof of English proficiency - please see website

Course Fees

Full tuition fee: £16,800 Registration fee: £250 Non-EU advance deposit: £2,000

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