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MA in Human Rights


Course Description

This MA draws on Sussex’s academic expertise in law, international relations, anthropology, education, social care and social work, human geography and migration studies, combining internationally recognised research with an interdisciplinary approach that enables fresh thinking and contributes practical insights of great value to policy-makers.

We address key debates in the field (including cultural relativism, indigenous rights, multiculturalism), compare philosophical positions within the historical evolution and contemporary form of human rights, identify and assess the contemporary international human rights regimes (including the United Nations, regional institutions, national bodies and international and local advocates), and apply human rights to broader concerns (such as migration, health, humanitarianism and postconflict reconstruction).

By the end of the course you will have strengthened your analytical, research and presentation skills and gained specialist knowledge on a particular subject through research for a 10,000-word dissertation.

Although some students do have experience in the field of human rights (and related fields), which contributes to a rich learning environment, you do not require any previous work experience to do this MA.

Assessment

Human Rights and the Politics of Culture is assessed by a three-hour unseen exam. Liberalism, Modernity and Globalisation is assessed by a 5,000-word term paper. Assessment of optional modules varies, but will mainly consist of 5,000-word term papers. You are also assessed on your dissertation.

Course structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Autumn term: you take Human Rights and the Politics of Culture • Liberalism, Modernity and Globalisation.

Spring term: you adapt your course to your interests by taking two modules from Refugees, Displacement and Humanitarian Responses • Women and Human Rights • Human Rights in International Relations • Anthropology of Reconciliation and Reconstruction • Medical Anthropology: Cultural Understandings of Health and Healing • Knowledge, Power and Resistance • Fair Trade, Ethical Business and New Moral Economies • Poverty, Vulnerability and the Global Economy • Activism for Development and Social Justice • Migration, Inequality and Social Change • Critical Debates in Environment and Development • Transnational Migration and Diaspora • Anthropology of Childhood • Globalisation and Rural Change • International Crimes.

You also take a Research Methods and Professional Skills module, which provides training to prepare you for further research and a professional career. This module is delivered as a series of workshops including one that prepares you for your dissertation.

Summer term: you undertake supervised work on a 10,000 -word dissertation (or dissertation with placement).

Scholarships

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

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

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2015) - 20+ Awards

25 scholarships are available in the majority of Sussex Schools, and are awarded on the basis of academic performance and potential. The scholarships are offered for one year.[[Type of award]]
Postgraduate taught[[Award amount]]
50% off international student tuition fee[[Further information]]
Successful applicants
Students accepting a Chancellor's International Scholarship may be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between the student and the University.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% off International Student tuition fee

Eligibility

In order to be considered for a Chancellor's International Scholarship you must meet all of the following criteria:Have applied for and accepted a place to start a Postgraduate taught degree at the University of Sussex (e.g., MA, MSc, LLM, MRes, Postgraduate Diploma, and Graduate Diploma) excluding certain degrees listed on our website. Be assessed as liable to pay fees at the "overseas" (namely the non-EU) rate.Have sufficient funds to meet your tuition fees and living expenses, after taking account of the possible award of a Chancellor's International Scholarship.Students who hold other University of Sussex scholarships will not be eligible for the Chancellors International Scholarship.

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications to be received is 1st May 23:59:00 BST prior to the academic year commencing in September. Applications received after 1st May cannot be considered.

When completed, you should return the form by email, post or fax to:

Student Funding Team
Student Life Centre
University of Sussex
Chichester 1, Ci003
Falmer
East Sussex
BN1 9QJ
UK
Email:

Fax Number: +441273873344

Further Information

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2015/view/417


(Scholarship)

Chancellor's Masters Scholarship (2015) - 20+ Awards

The University is delighted to offer 100 Masters scholarships to attract the most talented students to study at Sussex. Our awards include enhanced scholarships of £10,000 which are available for 2015 only and standard scholarships of £3,000. The scholarships are available on a competitive basis to UK/EU and non-EU students and confirm Sussex's position as one of the UK's leading universities for postgraduate study. Further details are as follows:[[Type of award]]
Postgraduate taught[[Award amount]]
Up to £10,000[[Timetable]]
The application deadline is 1st August 2015.Scholarships will be allocated in a number of separate rounds during 2015 (February, April, June and August).The first allocation of awards will take place in February. Scholarships will be awarded in a number of separate rounds, in February, April, June and August, with successful applicants notified after each round. If you are not immediately successful in being awarded a scholarship, but meet the eligibility criteria, you will automatically be re-considered in the following allocation round alongside any new applications. The final allocation will be after the August deadline, with all remaining decisions notified then.[[Further information]]
If you accept a Chancellor's Masters Scholarship you will be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between yourself and the University (e.g. providing text for the prospectus or web page). Schools of study may have specific duties they wish you to assist with.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £10,000

Eligibility

• You must graduate with a first-class honours degree from any UK higher education institution
• You must have paid annual tuition fees of £9,000 or more in each of the last three years of undergraduate study
• You must have applied for your chosen full-time Masters course by 1 August
• You must accept and meet any conditions of your offer.The scholarship relates to most full-time taught Masters degree courses at the University of Sussex (e.g. MA, MSc, LLM. MRes) however some courses are excluded, details of which are on the website.

Application Procedure

To be considered for a scholarship you should apply online for an eligible full-time Masters course between 1 October 2014 and 1 August 2015 via the University's postgraduate application system.

To be considered for the scholarship (standard or enhanced), please complete the Chancellor's Masters Scholarship application form by 1 August. You are only required to submit one application, your eligibility for the standard or enhanced award will be assessed if you are made an offer of a scholarship.

Further Information

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2015/view/398


(Scholarship)

Sussex Graduate Scholarship (2015) - 20+ Awards

The University is delighted to announce the launch of an unlimited number of enhanced scholarships of £10,000 for Sussex students admitted to full-time Master's degree courses in September 2015. The scholarships are jointly funded by the government and the University, and confirm Sussex's position as one of the UK's leading universities for postgraduate study.The enhanced scholarships are available for admission in 2015 only and are based on progression from an undergraduate course where students have paid the higher tuition fee, in operation since 2012/13. Additionally, the University has provided funding to make enhanced scholarships available to international students at Sussex.In line with our sector leading Masters scholarship offer in 2014 we will continue to offer an unlimited number of standard scholarships at £3,000 and £2,000 for Sussex students admitted to full-time Master's degree courses in September 2015.[[Type of award]]
Taught full-time Masters[[Award amount]]
£3,000 fee waiver for First class degree, £2,000 fee waiver for 2:1 degree[[Further information]]
If you accept a Sussex Graduate Scholarship you will be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between yourself and the University (e.g. providing text for the prospectus or web page). Schools of study may have specific duties they wish you to assist with.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £10,000

Eligibility

• You must be a University of Sussex graduate progressing immediately onto an eligible full-time Masters degree in 2015 (see below);
• You must have applied for your chosen full-time Masters degree by 1 August 2015 and have accepted and met the conditions of your offer; and
• You must meet the University's entrance requirements

Application Procedure

You must apply for admission to an eligible Masters course via the University's PG Apply online application system between 1 October 2014 and 1 August 2015.

If you are made an offer, you will be asked to indicate your interest in the Sussex Graduate Scholarship when you accept your offer online.

Further Information

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2015/view/399



Entry Requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in politics, international relations, philosophy, law, history, sociology, anthropology, development studies or a related field. Overseas entrance requirements: View Website

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