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Human Rights and International Relations PGDip

Human Rights and International Relations PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

International Relations Legal Rights (Law) Civil Law

Course type


Course Summary

This challenging programme will provide you with a strong knowledge in the complex roles that human rights and international relations have in global issues such as terrorism, struggles for democratic freedoms, genocide, the effects of defence policies, climate change and social justice. You will graduate with the skills you need to succeed in a highly competitive environment for international human rights advocacy and protection. Our programme will provide you with a strong foundation of knowledge in human rights that 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.

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Full time


1 year

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This module aims to provide students with an overview of the basic principles of international law that are essential for further study, research and effective practice in the fields of international human rights law and international criminal law. By the end of the term, students should feel comfortable analysing legal materials (legal instruments, jurisprudence and commentaries), constructing legal arguments, and engaging in legal research pertaining to human rights. During this term students will gain knowledge of the international and regional human rights institutions and processes. Students will also be provided with an analytical, critical and contextual introduction to international human rights law. The module is designed to provide a solid legal foundation on the basis of which students may pursue their more specialised human rights research. While the scope and depth of the subject does not permit the International Human Rights and Criminal Law module to cover all relevant issues, it will familiarise students with the major contemporary features and debates within international human rights and criminal law. Further, it will provide students with an opportunity to develop their analytical skills in relation to the international law of human rights and gain competence in applying legal approaches to human rights as a complement to their other, interdisciplinary studies.

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

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should usually hold a second-class honours degree (certain programmes may require a 2:1) from a recognised British or overseas university.

University information

Located in south-west London, the University of Roehampton has a 54-acre parkland campus with state-of-the-art facilities, located within 30 minutes of central London. The University has a history dating back over 175 years. Through its oldest College, Whitelands, it has provided higher education to women for longer than any university in the country. Today, it has a thriving range of postgraduate programmes and an excellent research...more