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MA in Human Rights by Research

Course Description

The MA in Human Rights is designed to allow students to produce a substantial research-based dissertation on any aspect of this broad field under the guidance of an expert supervisor.

As with other London-based programmes, students will attend seminars followed by dinner given by leading academic authorities and practitioners in the field including:

- Sir John Laws, Lord Justice of Appeal of England and Wales
- Lord Iain Bonomy, formerly a Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and of the Inner House (Appeal Court) of Scotland, now Surveillance Commissioner
- Sir Konrad Schiemann, formerly Lord Justice of Appeal of England and Wales and of the European Court of Justice
- Sir Stephen Sedley, visiting professor at the University of Oxford, formerly Lord Justice of Appeal of England and Wales

Find out more about our Department of International Studies on http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/economics-international.

The course director

This one-year, London-based course in Human Rights is led by Sir Geoffrey Nice, QC, the eminent international Human Rights practitioner. It offers a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary approach to the subject, covering the history, philosophy, law and contemporary practice of Human Rights. In addition to being a Bencher of Inner Temple and a part-time judge at the Old Bailey in London, he is currently Gresham Professor of Law at Gresham College (a post which he will retain until 2015). He was educated at Keble College, Oxford (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and the College of Law, London. He was called to the Bar in 1971, and practised as a barrister until 1998 when he was recruited to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) by Justice Louise Arbour (later UN High Commissioner for Human Rights). He prosecuted a number of cases relating to genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes and in November 2001 undertook the prosecution of Slobodan Milošević until the end of that trial in 2006. He was appointed Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Kent, 2005; and knighted in 2007 for services to International Criminal Justice. He has since appeared at the International Criminal Court in The Hague for the Government of Kenya and for other African state and individual interests. He is presently leading cases being brought at the ICC and elsewhere on behalf of the victims of the flotilla that attempted to take humanitarian aid to Gaza in breach of Israel’s blockade.

Associate students

For those wishing to attend the evening research seminar programme, but unable to devote the time to the coursework or to register for the MA degree, there is the option of becoming an Associate Student. This status will enable the student to attend the ten research seminars and to meet the guest lecturers, in the first six months of the programme, but does not require the submission of written work. Associate Students are not registered for, and do not receive, the MA degree.

Apply here http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/humanities/ma/humanrights.

Visit the MA in Human Rights by Research page on the University of Buckingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Alexandre Vincent

"My Master at The University of Buckingham was an amazing intellectual experience. The University has a unique approach in terms of relationship between teachers and student. The close relationship allows student to benefit from a deeper understanding of the concepts studied, thus better quality of work delivered."

(Student Profile)

Sagir Musa

"The University of Buckingham is indeed a centre of academic excellence! The library, computers and internet services as well as the content and quality of education is superb. Its academic and non-academic staff are hospitable and dutifully but politely uncompromising. The environment/ the location is not only serene but is also naturally suitable for learning."


Postgraduate first class scholarship - No. of awards TBC

A first class scholarship is available to both home and international students following a taught postgraduate degree at the University. The scholarship will reduce tuition fees by 33%.

Value of Scholarship(s)

% discount


The scholarship will be automatically awarded to applicants who already have a first class honours degree that is recognised to UK standard.

Application Procedure

The scholarship will be automatically awarded to applicants who meet the criteria.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

First or second class honours degree or relative experience

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