Human rights defenders strive for a world in which human rights are respected, protected and fulfilled.
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.
Careers and skills
Graduates of the Applied Human Rights programme from University of York 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.
Previous students have gone on to work in:
- Government departments
eg the Finnish Centre for Human Rights
- Human rights organisations
eg Freedom House, the Terrence Higgins Trust and the Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organisation
- Development and humanitarian organisations
eg Norwegian People's Aid and Merlin
- Inter-governmental agencies
eg the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation in The Hague, the United Nations Development Programme in Bangladesh and the Quaker UN Office in Geneva
eg PhD study, think-tanks and research assistant roles
eg Ethical Trade Coordinator at New Look Retailers
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- The Practice of Fieldwork
- Social Sciences and Human Rights Practice
- International Human Rights Laboratory
- Project Placement
- Africa and International Politics
- Aftermaths of Conflict
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- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
Applications can be submitted year-round, but we recommend you apply as early as possible as entry to many courses is competitive.
DisciplinesInternational Relations International Law View 397 other Masters in International Law in United Kingdom
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- 2:1 or equivalent. We will also consider a 2:2 with at least three years' relevant work experience.
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International18700 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 18700 GBP per year during 12 months.
National8440 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 8440 GBP per year during 12 months.
- UK/EU: £4,220
- International: £9,350
Living costs for York
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.