12 months
18700 GBP/year
8440 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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By taking the Applied Human Rights programme from University of York you 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.

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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.

Career opportunities

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

  • Research

eg PhD study, think-tanks and research assistant roles

  • Business

eg Ethical Trade Coordinator at New Look Retailers

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Practice of Fieldwork 
  • Social Sciences and Human Rights Practice 
  • International Human Rights Laboratory
  • Project Placement 
  • Africa and International Politics 
  • Aftermaths of Conflict  

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications can be submitted year-round, but we recommend you apply as early as possible as entry to many courses is competitive.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2:1 or equivalent. We will also consider a 2:2 with at least three years' relevant work experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18700 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    8440 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8440 GBP per year during 12 months.


  • UK/EU: £4,220
  • International: £9,350

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 GBP /month
Living costs

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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