Human Rights Studies

Lund University

Master On Campus
24 months
10445 EUR/year
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This is a two-year Master's programme in the interdisciplinary field of Human Rights Studies offered by Lund University, with a profile within the humanities. The programme combines historical, philosophical, political, and legal perspectives on the complex phenomenon that human rights represent in our world.


We are committed to the view that human rights need to be regarded and studied not only as ethical principles or ground for law and policy, but also as part of the infrastructure of a democratic society. This is a research-oriented programme for students interested in gaining interdisciplinary skills relevant for political and cultural challenges of our time. We focus on an interactive teaching style with close connections to ongoing research. Students have the opportunity to complete an internship as part of their studies.

The Master's programme in Human Rights from Lund University is offered by the Human Rights Studies division at the Department of History, which is also home to the only PhD programme in interdisciplinary human rights studies in Sweden. We are located at the LUX Humanities Centre which offers a vibrant environment with library, café, and reading rooms.

Career prospects 

The programme prepares you for a future in research or for human rights work in the public, non-profit, or private sector. This is a newly launched programme, which, as yet, has no graduates. The experience from our Bachelor’s programme in Human Rights Studies is that analytical and practical skills in the human rights field are highly and increasingly sought after. Former students work at NGOs, think-tanks, embassies and in the public sector, doing consultancy, communication and research and development.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Human Rights in the Global World: Agents, Indicators and Institutions 
  • Human Rights in the History of Politics and Philosophy 
  • Human Rights in Practice: Research Methods, Research Ethics, and Project 
  • Thematic Specialization

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Have been awarded a Bachelor's degree from an internationally recognised university.
  • Be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognised test, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS or the equivalent.
  • There may be some other country specific requirements.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10445 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20891 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.

Local currency: SEK 220 000


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