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