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MA Human Rights

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February 2024

September 2024

Programme Duration

2-5 years

Academic Direction
School of Advanced Study
Modes of Study

Designed and run by activist scholars based at the School of Advanced Study's Human Rights Consortium, this practice-based online Master's builds the vocational skills you need to succeed as a human rights practitioner. It can also be studied as a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

Key features

  1. Learn from world-leading experts

    The degree is designed and run by activist scholars at the Human Rights Consortium (HRC), so you'll be taught by leaders in their field with a great deal of academic and practice-based expertise. Many of the modules feature videos or dialogue with guest human rights practitioners, who share their insights.

  2. Practice-based, career-focused content

    Cutting-edge course content examines human rights issues from a practical perspective as well as theoretical and legal ones, so you’ll learn the essential skills needed to work in the field. Employers praise our MA for delivering the training and knowledge that human rights professionals need for a successful career today.

  3. Build your global network

    The University of London is a truly global institution. While studying online, you’ll be able to connect with fellow current or aspiring human rights professionals around the world, benefiting from their diverse perspectives and experiences.

  4. Study online anywhere in the world

    Enjoy flexibility in terms of what, when and how you study. Fully online teaching lets you learn in your own time, without relocating. The MA can be studied part-time in a minimum of two years or up to five years, so there's no need to put your career on hold.

  5. A mark of excellence

    The University of London has been a trusted provider of distance learning for over 160 years. When you study with us, you can be confident that your qualification will be valued by employers around the world.


Alumni inspiration: Stephanie Browning, MA Human Rights, Canada

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Hear from our students

“My favourite thing about the programme was talking to students from all over the world and learning from each other.”

Kelsea McCready


“If you’re able to learn independently, I would absolutely recommend a University of London degree – the professors are incredible.”

Stephanie Browning


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Start dates

  • September 2024 - application deadline closes