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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Legal Rights (Law)

Course type


Course Summary

This programme is ideal for students who are pursuing careers as human rights defenders, preparing for training in international law, or keen to gain experience in campaigning. You will graduate with the skills you need to succeed in a highly competitive, international environment for human rights advocacy and protection. Gain a world view on the current debates within the theory and practice of protecting human rights and you will approach this complex subject from an inter-disciplinary perspective, drawing on sociological, legal, philosophical and political insight. Our programme will provide you with a strong body of knowledge in human rights, which draws upon a range of disciplines in law, politics, sociology, history, and philosophy. This holistic approach to human rights will enable you to choose a specialisation and tailor your own research project according to your interests. 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. Graduates work for human rights campaigning, advocacy, and defending within national and international government and non-governmental agencies, charities, think tanks, or in journalism and the media. Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip awards in this course.

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Study mode

Full time


1.5 years

Start date



The purpose of this module is to provide students of Human Rights with an intellectually rigorous survey of inter-disciplinary voices in the study of human rights, appropriate to an M-level module. To fully understand human rights theory and practice, students must appreciate the diversity of discourses which contribute towards their development. For example, philosophers are concerned with epistemology and ontology, justification and application, questions of how it is we know we have such rights and to whom they should be applied. Ethicists debate the moral legitimacy of rights as demands and entitlements. Historians can show how such rights emerged in particular historical contexts.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a good second-class honours degree (or above) from an approved university or college in the UK, or a recognised degree from abroad.

University information

Located in South West London, the University of Roehampton lies across 54 acres of parkland over two campuses, a stones throw away from the hustle and bustle of the capital. The University has been consistently ranked as London’s best modern university for three years (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 and 2016, Guardian University Guide 2016, The Complete University Guide 2016 and 2017). Post degree programmes across the various...more