Politics & International Relations - Human Rights
MSc Human Rights
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MSc in Human Rights is a one-year intensive course that prepares you for a career in human rights research, policy or advocacy in international organisations, governmental and non-governmental bodies, or academia. There is also a two-year part time option.
- You will explore the theory, politics and law of human rights and examine the mechanisms and limitations of national and international action to protect human rights.
- You will either complete a research dissertation or undertake a monitored internship.
Vision and Values Statement
The progressive realisation of human rights represents perhaps the most challenging political issue of our times. This programme aspires to develop and nurture the skills in studnets that would allow them meet that challenge and controbute constructively to both policy and practice in the field of human rights.
To thoroughly familiarise students with cutting edge issues in the broad area of human rights
allow students participate constructively in topical debates on human rights
develop methodological research expertise
develop oral presentation skills
develop student's research/writing skills
enhance group work skills
facilitate students' professional development to work in HR policy
The MSc in Human Rights is a 90-credit programme, including 60 credits of modules taught by staff in the School of Politics and International Relations and the School of Law. Full time students must take three 10-credit modules in the autumn trimester, and three 10-credit modules in the spring trimester. Students must also submit a thesis worth 30-credits or pursue an Internship instead in the summer trimester.
Core and Option Modules for MSc Human Rights (credits in parentheses)
Please note these are subject to change
POL41020 Politics of Human Rights (10)
POL42330 Research Design (10)
LAW41310 Asylum and Refugee Law (10)
POL40050 Theories of Internat.Relations (10)
POL40100 Politics of Development (10)
POL40140 International Political Theory (10)
POL40970 Politics European Governance (10)
POL41650 Global Political Econ ofEurope (10)
POL41800 Theories of Int'l Rels Stream2 (10)
POL41860 Governance, Pol, Dev 10cr (10)
POL41910 Political Violence (10)
POL41930 Psychology of Conflict in MENA (10)
POL42040 Gender & the Political System (10)
EQUL40070 Human Rights Law and Equality (10)
POL41030 Theory of Human Rights (10)
GS40100 Gender, Harm and Justice (10)
LAW42040 Culture, Heritage&Human Rights (10)
LAW42130 Human Rights Practice (10)
POL40160 Comparative Public Policy (10)
POL40370 International Political Econom (10)
POL40540 Comparative European Politics (10)
POL40610 EU Foreign and Security Policy (10)
POL41720 Gender, Peace, and Security (10)
POL41870 Econ & Policy Analysis 1 10cr (10)
POL41980 Peace & Conflict Studies (10)
POL42000 Political Theory and the EU (10)
POL42050 Quantitative Text Analysis (10)
POL42060 International Security (10)
POL42070 Politics of (mis-)information (10)
POL42300 SPIRe Internship (30)
POL42310 Thesis (30)
A primary degree with at least Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2H1) in a relevant subject such as political science, international relations, social science, sociology, history, geography, economics, global studies, public policy, development studies, EU studies, law. 2H1 is equivalent to 60 per cent, B minus or 3.08 GPA - in American system: B or 3.00 GPA.
Your application will be considered on its individual merits and relevant professional experience will also be taken into account.
English language requirements: applicants whose first language is not English should have met TOEFL, IELTs, or computer-based TOEFL requirements (600, 6.5, or 250 respectively), or the Cambridge English Test (Certificate in Advanced English at a minimum of Grade B, or Certificate of Proficiency in English at Grade C). Applicants who obtained a previous degree from an English-speaking university may be exempted from this requirement. Click here for further info.
Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information http://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/
These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes
The following entry routes are available:
MSc Human Rights FT (W035)
MSc Human Rights PT (W110)
* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes
Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No
You will explore the theory, politics and law of human rights and examine the mechanisms and limitations of national and international action to protect human rights.
You will either complete a research dissertation or undertake a monitored internship.
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.
MSc Human Rights (W035) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8525
nonEU fee per year - € 19900
MSc Human Rights (W110) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 5600
nonEU fee per year - € 9950
***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.
SPIRe operates a Graduate Scholarship programme. To access details, see SPIRe Graduate Scholarship Scheme.
Next Intake:2020/2021 September
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Careers & Employability
Graduates work with international private-sector employers, government agencies and NGOs as:
Human Rights Specialist
Human Rights Consultant
Child Protection Adviser
Public Information Officer
Recent graduates of MSc in Human Rights now work in:
Front Line Defenders
United Nations, New York and Geneva
Médecins sans Frontières