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Human Rights

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.
- 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.

Entry requirements

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.

Duration

W035: 1 year full-time, W110: 2 years part-time.

Number of credits

90 Credits

Careers or further progression

Graduates work with international private-sector employers, government agencies and NGOs as:

Human Rights Specialist
Field Officer
Human Rights Consultant
Child Protection Adviser
Public Information Officer
Journalist

Recent graduates of MSc in Human Rights now work in:

Front Line Defenders
United Nations, New York and Geneva
Amnesty International
Médecins sans Frontières
PLAN Ireland
Irish Aid
Oxfam

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Katarzyna Glosnicka
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 8182

Subjects taught

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, and a 25 credit thesis of approximately 10,000 words. As part of their thesis preparation, students take a compulsory 5 credit module on dissertation design. Students are assigned an academic supervisor to help them choose their topic and guide their research.

Full time students must take three 10-credit modules and a 5-credit Dissertation Design module in the first semester, and three 10-credit modules in the second semester. Students must also submit a thesis worth 25-credits. In the first semester, these include the political theory of human rights, the European law of human rights. In the second semester, these include the politics of human rights, the international law of human rights. Elective modules change from year to year but typically include such topics as the Northern Ireland conflict, international political theory, comparative ethnic conflict, Africa in crisis, political economy, and issues in international relations.

Stage 1 - Core:

Law of the ECHR
LAW40780

International Human Rights
LAW40790

Politics of Human Rights
POL41020

Theory of Human Rights
POL41030

Dissertation Design
POL41420

Stage 1 - Option:

Racism and Anti-Racism
EQUL40010

Global Justice and Development
EQUL40110

Disability and Equality
EQUL40200

Immigration & Asylum: Law, Politics & Rights
LAW41310

Human Rights Clinic
LAW41670

The Good Society
PHIL40420

Autonomy as a Philosophical Problem
PHIL40840

Theories of International Relations
POL40050

Politics of Development
POL40100

International Political Theory
POL40140

Comparative Public Policy
POL40160

Thesis
POL40190

Africa: Crisis and Opportunity?
POL40320

International Political Economy
POL40370

Ethnicity and Conflict
POL40380

Comparative European Politics
POL40540

Governing the Global Economy
POL40820

Politics of European Governance
POL40970

SPIRe Intership
POL41390

Politics and Change in the Middle East and North Africa
POL41510

The Global Political Economy of Europe
POL41650

Principles of Int. Politics
POL41660

The Ethics of Immigration and Citizenship
POL41710

Gender in Peace and Conflict
POL41720

The Economics of Sust. Devel
POL41740

Capital in the 21st century
POL41780

Globalisation and Labour
POL41790

Political Psychology
POL41810

Challenges to Accountability in Developing Countries
POL41820

Dissidents and Human Rights Defenders
POL41830

Political Violence
POL41910

Gender War and Violence
WS40330

Comment

Who should apply?
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

Application date

FT (W035), PT (W110)
Deadline: Rolling

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

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