12 months
16190 GBP/year
9130 GBP/year
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The MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights from School of Advanced Study, University of Londonis the longest-running interdisciplinary, practice-orientated human rights master’s degree programme in the UK. 

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Key Facts

The MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights from School of Advanced Study, University of London  aims to develop you as future human rights practitioners and to enable you to engage with the intellectual and philosophical foundations of human rights. All of our graduates are awarded a University of London degree.

In addition to providing students with the practical skills essential to pursuing a career as human rights practitioners, this degree addresses essential questions and debates within the field of human rights.

Offered by the Human Rights Consortium (HRC) at the School of Advanced Study, this programme is: 

  • Intellectually rigorous, engaging with human rights debates at the forefront of scholarly research
  • Practice-orientated, exploring human rights issues from a practical, solution-based perspective as well as a scholarly one
  • Career-orientated, developing the next generation of human rights defenders, advocates and researchers through an emphasis on building practical skills, including campaigning, fundraising, and research—all of which are important for work in human rights advocacy
  • Cutting-edge, widening the frame of human rights debates by looking at emerging issues, such as the impact of environmental destruction on human rights

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Understanding Human Rights I: Ideas and Contexts

  • Securing Human Rights I: Actors and Mechanisms, Skills and Strategies
  • Translating Human Rights into Law I: International Human Rights Law
  • Dissertation (15,000 words) 
  • Genocide and Reconciliation
  • Securing Human Rights II: Securing Human Rights in Development and in Conflict 
  • Translating Human Rights into Law II: Topics in International Human Rights Law

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The normal minimum entrance requirement would be a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree from a university in the UK, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
  • Applications from candidates who do not meet the formal academic requirements but who offer alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience, could be considered.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16190 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 16190 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9130 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9130 GBP per year during 12 months.

part time (UK): £4475

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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