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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of York

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    26-SEP-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Human rights defenders strive for a world in which human rights are respected, protected, and fulfilled.

Learn to bridge the gap between theory and practice by combining hands-on experience with interdisciplinary academic enquiry. Discover the theoretical frameworks and practical skills which make advances in human rights possible.

Study different aspects of human rights practice: the strategies employed and the debates, institutions, and political structures that human rights defenders seek to influence. You'll learn directly from human rights defenders with first-hand experience in governmental, judicial, and grassroots roles.

You'll also develop a range of fieldwork, advocacy and legal skills and apply these on a placement in the UK or South Africa.

Assessment and feedback

You'll be assessed through essays, group projects and reflective diaries. Your dissertation makes up a large proportion of your final mark.

We'll be looking for evidence of your ability to communicate across cultures, bearing in mind diverse cultural and political viewpoints. You should be able to speak knowledgeably about unfolding international events to a range of audiences and collect and interpret qualitative data to support your arguments.

As well as your assessed work, you'll be given assignments which don't count towards your final grade. The feedback you receive for this work will help you develop your skills and identify areas for improvement.

Careers and skills

Our graduates go on to work with NGOs, humanitarian and development organisations, policy think-tanks, national governments, and UN agencies. We provide advice, networking opportunities, hands-on experience, and personalised reference letters to support you as you establish your career.

Career opportunities

  • Human rights officer
  • International development researcher
  • External affairs and communications officer
  • Philanthropy executive
  • Refugee relocation caseworker
  • Ethical trade coordinator

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 19,950per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of York

  • University League Table

    18th

  • Campus address

    University of York, Heslington, York, York, YO10 5DD, England

Inspiring teaching from eminent researchers who bring real-world expertise into their subjects, equipping students for the global workplace.
Dedicated international support, including funding opportunities, immigration advice, welcome communities, Maths and Writing Skills Centres, and much more.
Home to over 20,000 students from more than 150 countries, creating a diverse, inclusive community that offers a lifelong global network.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    15th out of 104 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 231
    169 76%

    16th

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80.0 80%

    25th

    12
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.90 78%

    67th

    40

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