Theory and Practice of Human Rights, M.Phil.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English (schedule IELTS)
    Language
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Human Rights: Few other concepts — legal, political or moral — can compete with ‘human rights’ as an emblem of modernity and globalisation. The Theory and Practice of Human Rights programme is offered by the University of Oslo.

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Human Rights: Few other concepts-legal, political or moral-can compete with `human rights´ as an emblem of modernity and globalisation. It brings forward dreams of freedom as well as fears of foreign domination and it refers to actually existing international law and associated legal and political mechanisms as well as processes of far-reaching social and cultural change.

This Theory and Practice of Human Rights programme at University of Oslo focuses on human rights in both theory and practice from legal, historical, philosophical, political and social science-based perspectives. Students are provided with specialised knowledge about human rights law, including the relationship between that law and other types of human rights initiatives and activities.

Human rights are approached as an element of public international law, at global and regional levels, and the different forms of implementation-international, regional, and national-are examined. They are also contextualised within a social science perspective and knowledge about and understanding of the normative and institutional framework, contemporary issues relating to terrorism, religion, ethnicity, women and development are studied in different courses. There will be opportunities to do practical work (mock trials, internships) and discussions about human rights as social and cultural practices are included in the courses. The final part of the programme consists in writing a thesis through which the students acquire methodological and practical skills well suited to match a growing demand for professionals with a background in human rights.

What career opportunities do I have?

This Master's programme gives you a solid basis for professional and practical human rights work, for instance in government agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as well as research work at institutions for higher learning.

Former students of the programme include human rights field workers, employees of non-governmental organizations, judges, researchers and teachers as well as experts serving in the ministries of central governments and agencies for development cooperation.

Former students, both Norwegian and International, work today for institutions and companies in Norway like the Refugee Council of Norway, the Rainforest Foundation, Plan Norway, the Directorate for Immigration, the Council on Ethics. Outside Norway former students work among others for the organisation Médecins sans Frontières and for different UN Organizations.

Programme Structure

During Term I, students are required to follow three mandatory courses:

  • Human Rights in History, Philosophy and Politics
  • Human Rights Law in Context
  • Human rights in international and national law

During Term II, students are required to attend two mandatory courses:

  • Human Rights in Practice
  • Human Rights Methodology: Research, Analysis and Thesis

In addition, students should choose one elective course. Elective courses offered by the NCHR are the following:

  • Human Rights in Asia
  • Human Rights and Diversity - Leading Cases and Core Dilemmas
  • Human Rights and Sustainable Development: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Theory and Practices

During Term III, students are required to choose three elective courses. The elective courses offered by the NCHR are, for the time being, the following:

  • Business and Human Rights 
  • The Right to Peace
  • Dealing with Diversity: Human Rights Approaches to Ethnic Conflict
  • Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism: Striking a Balance?

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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    6.5

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Academic Requirements

Admission to master's degree studies requires:

  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification and a completed bachelor's degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor's degree. 
  • a specialization defined by the programme
  • a minimum grade average of C (in the Norwegian grading scale) or equivalent from the specialization in your degree.
  • a language requirement documented by one of the tests/exams below:
    a) Passed examination in English foundation course with a minimum grade of 4 in Norwegian upper secondary school or passed examination in English from second and/or third school year in Norwegian upper secondary school, or
    b) An internationally recognised English language proficiency test.

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  • 11682 - 19230 NOK/month
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