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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. 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.

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.

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.

Programme Outcomes
develop student's research/writing skills
allow students participate constructively in topical debates on human rights
facilitate students' professional development to work in HR policy
develop oral presentation skills
enhance group work skills
develop methodological research expertise
To thoroughly familiarise students with cutting edge issues in the broad area 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

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.

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

Duration

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Number of credits

90

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
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:James MahonContact
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 30 credit thesis or internship during the summer trimester. Full time students must take three 10-credit modules and a Research Design workshop in the autumn trimester, and three 10-credit modules in the spring trimester. As part of their preperation, all students take the compulsory workshop on research design as all students are required to submit a thesis proposal. Students that choose to complete a thesis are assigned an academic supervisor to help them choose their topic and guide their research thesis.

Stage 1 - Core

Law of the ECHR LAW40780
International Human Rights LAW40790
Politics of Human Rights POL41020
Theory of Human Rights POL41030

Stage 1 - Option

Human Rights Law and Equality EQUL40070
Disability and Equality EQUL40200
Theories of International Relations POL40050
Politics of Development POL40100
International Political Theory POL40140
Comparative Public Policy POL40160
Africa: Crisis and Opportunity? POL40320
International Political Economy POL40370
Comparative European Politics POL40540
EU Foreign, Security, and Defence Pol. POL40610
Governing the Global Economy POL40820
Politics of European Governance POL40970
Politics and Change in the Middle East and North Africa POL41510
The Global Political Economy of Europe POL41650
Gender in Peace and Conflict POL41720
Theories of International Relations – Stream 2 POL41800
Governance, Pol, Dev 10cr POL41860
Econ & Policy Analysis 1 10cr POL41870
Political Violence POL41910
Political Behaviour in the Middle East and North Africa POL41920
Psychology of Conflict in the Middle East POL41930
Peace & Conflict Studies POL41980
Political Theory and the EU POL42000
Gender & the Political System POL42040
Quantitative Text Analysis POL42050
International Security POL42060
Politics of (mis-)information POL42070
SPIRe Internship POL42300
Thesis POL42310
UN Peacekeeping POL42320

Application date

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Human Rights FT (W035)

Duration 1 Years

Attendance Full Time

Deadline Rolling *

MSc Human Rights PT (W110)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *
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* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Course fee

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.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2020/2021 September

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