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Human Values and Human Rights MSc

Course Description

The programme takes a multidisciplinary approach to human rights and values, drawing on political theory, law, philosophy, theology, international relations and ethics. It allows you to approach the issue from a broad perspective and in the context of global ethics.

The programme provides solid research training and contributes to the professional development of NGO personnel and those working in the public and private sector. It is also suitable if you are a graduate or if you want to go onto further research, such as a PhD, in this area.

Course content

You will study three core modules:

- Human Rights
- Global Ethics I
- Research Skills and Methods

You will also choose three optional modules from a range including:

- Development Ethics
- Global Bioethics
- Global Ethics II
- Global Ethics Placement
- Philosophy of Health and Happiness
- Research Seminar

You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation


The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Our Philosophy graduates develop a range of skills, including good articulation, precise analytical thought, and the ability to analyse and construct sounds arguments, which can be used in a variety of occupations. A snapshot of graduate destinations over a five-year period has identified a variety of career paths, from the civil service to finance. Historically, over 96% of our Philosophy students have been in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the Human Values and Human Rights MSc page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject, although appropriate work experience will also be considered

Course Fees

£6,570 FT, £3,285 PT (UK/EU); £14,850 FT only (overseas)

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