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Human Rights and International Relations

This unique MA will help you become a skilled professional in the field of promoting and protecting human rights.

Key Facts



MA (Hons) Human Rights and International Relations


Degree Duration

1 year :Full Time


Start Dates

January 2024September 2023

Degree Overview

This is the UK’s only master’s in Human Rights and International Relations, and will help you gain a critical understanding of the central role that human rights play in current international debates.

On this challenging programme you’ll explore the role of human rights and international relations in issues such as terrorism, struggles for democratic freedoms, genocide, defence policy, climate change and social justice. You will graduate with the skills to succeed in a highly competitive environment for international human rights advocacy and protection.

The course engages you in the core issues in the study of international relations alongside the theory and practice of human rights from a variety of perspectives. It starts by introducing you to core international relations, historical, philosophical, legal, sociological and theological debates in human rights. You will be exposed to the latest methods in human rights research, equipping you with the skills to conduct your own research in the world of human rights promotion and protection.

You will have the opportunity to get first-hand experience in the field by choosing a work experience module working within a London-based human rights organisation, and gain international experience in the field by taking part in our annual research study trip to learn about the promotion and protection of human rights.


You may incur additional costs during your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, Stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

Graduates work in human rights campaigning, advocacy and defending within national and international government and non-governmental agencies, charities, think tanks, or in journalism and the media.

You can study flexibly with the option to take stand-alone qualification (PGCert / PGDip) or complete the full MA

London’s diverse international community is central to this programme, which has an established network with human rights organisations to help provide you with opportunities for professional work placements for launching your career.