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International Politics and Human Rights (MA)

Course Description

On City's International Politics & Human Rights MA you will study the development of human rights, the way they have altered international politics and how rights influence current events.

This MA gives you a theoretically and historically informed understanding of the role of human rights in contemporary politics. You will develop a strong grasp of contemporary global issues, enabling you to view world events from an informed and knowledgeable position.

The course will prepare you for a career in human rights organisations, NGOs, government agencies, international organisations, journalism and other fields requiring a critical understanding of international politics.

See the website http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international-politics-and-human-rights

Course Content

The MA places human rights in the context of a constellation of changes in international politics in the 20th and 21st centuries, and you are introduced to the historical and political controversies that human rights generate:

‌•Do human rights offer universal protections, or do they provide ideological cover for neo-imperialist powers?
‌•Can human rights provide protection to individuals in a way that supersedes the nation-state, or do they serve the interests of powerful states?
‌•Should human rights be concerned with the minimalist needs of security and subsistence, or should they aspire to grander visions of global justice?

For information on the course structure, please see this link http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international-politics-and-human-rights#course-detail=1

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, student presentations and practical workshops. Teaching is supported by a personal tutorial and supervision system and a general lecture series with outside speakers (both professional and academic).

You will complete 120 credits of taught modules, made up of a mixture of compulsory core and elective options. You will also take part in a dissertation workshop and produce your dissertation over the summer period.

- Assessment
Each taught module is assessed by an essay, either a 5,000-word essay for 30 credit modules or a 3,000-word essay for 15 credit modules. There are no examinations. Your final MA marks are derived from a combination of your essay and dissertation grades.

You are required to submit a dissertation of 15,000 words in an area linked to the MA degree. Your dissertation topic will be agreed with your personal tutor/supervisor.

For information on teaching staff and sample course materials, please see this link http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international-politics-and-human-rights#course-detail=2


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance - http://www.city.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-financial-support


Graduate Loyalty Discount: The School of Arts & Social Sciences offer a 10% discount on tuition fees for all City graduates: http://www.city.ac.uk/alumni/recent-graduates/graduate-loyalty-discount

Career Prospects

The skills of International Politics graduates are of direct relevance to a wide range of professions:

‌•Civil service,
‌•Media communications,
‌•International organisations,
‌•Non-governmental organisations,
‌•I‌nternational finance and the private sector.

8‌0% of City's 2011 International Politics graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduation. Employers included UNESCO, the Open Rights Group, the Grass Roots Group, and the United Nations.

International Politics Career Day

During your MA year you can attend the Department's 'International Politics Careers Day' which explores career opportunities with International Politics degrees and provides:

‌•talks by speakers within the field (including City alumni). Previous speakers have included staff from the Department for International Development, the Ministry of Justice, UNESCO, the EU Commission and the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO).
‌•talks by careers consultants and volunteering coordinators
‌•CV, applications and volunteering drop-in sessions with careers professionals.
‌•You can also make use of the University's Career & Skills Development Service.

Read about how careers advice and volunteering helped one of our graduates land her current job - https://blogs.city.ac.uk/careers/2015/07/06/how-careers-advice-and-volunteering-has-developed-my-skills-as-an-international-politics-and-human-rights-student/

Further Entry Requirement Information

Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students -

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City, University of London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma in Business, Law and Social Science. The course offers a route to City, University of London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City, University of London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.

English Requirements

If your first language is not English one of the following qualifications is also required:

IELTS: an overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 for each sub-test)
INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, INTO City, University of London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Visit the International Politics and Human Rights (MA) page on the City, University of London website for more details!

Student Profiles

School of Arts & Social Sciences Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme - No. of awards TBC

The School of Arts and Social Sciences is delighted to offer a number of scholarships for postgraduate students. The scholarships are worth £2,000 towards tuition fees awarded on the basis of academic merit and applicants' personal statements.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Worth up to £2,000


In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must:
- be a self-funded student and not in receipt of any other scholarships;
- be a full or part-time student;

Application Procedure

Applicants who meet our entry requirements will be automatically considered for a non-means tested scholarship as part of the application process.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should have a first or upper second class honours (or equivalent) degree in politics, the social sciences, humanities or law.However, we also welcome applications from those with substantial experience in human rights organisations, NGOs, social services, journalism and other related sectors.

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