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Human Rights and Multi-level Governance, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #201 (WUR) ,
The MA programme in Human Rights and Multi-level Governance at the University of Padova is a contribution to developing a universal culture of human rights, as recommended by Unesco and the United Nations. Accordingly, it has a strong policy- and action-oriented approach.

About

The MA programme in Human Rights and Multi-level Governance at University of Padova aims at developing knowledge and skills to promote and fulfil human rights within the broader context of legal and political processes and multi-level policies. Human rights law, the multi-level governance framework, and the concepts of “sustainable human development” and “human security” are reference paradigms throughout the course.

The multi-level approach allows combining international trends’ analysis and an in-depth study of local policies. The programme’s research and lecturing activities reflect the transnational and transcultural dimensions of human rights studies. The programme is committed to supporting equality of opportunities, diversity among students and in the teaching staff, inclusion, and non-discrimination. The course offers a truly international and multicultural environment that welcomes diversity and strive towards inclusion.

Lectures and seminars, entirely in English, promote the active participation of students in class. Internships in qualified organisations, and supervised research are encouraged. The MA includes special modules with the participation of practitioners of European and international organisations and academic institutions.

The programme encourages study experiences abroad financed under student mobility programmes and bilateral agreements. In particular, up to ten students of the Master's degree may obtain a double degree in “International relations” or in “Histoire, Théorie et Pratique des Droits de l’Homme”, by spending the second year respectively at the Polish University of Wroclaw, or in France, at the Catholic University of Lyon or at the Université de Grenoble Alpes.

The programme promotes extra-curricular education opportunities, particularly in cooperation with the Human Rights Centre “Antonio Papisca” of the Padova University. Such initiatives include: a study trip to United Nations human rights bodies in Geneva; the Winter School “Microfinance in Action” in Nepal; the Summer School on “Normativity and Reality of Human Rights” (in cooperation with the School of Advanced Studies, London University, and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden); a simulation exercise on humanitarian action, organised with the Italian Red Cross; the “Simulation-based Training on Combating Human Trafficking”, organised by the OSCE/Office of the Special Representative for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings; and a unique “Model UN” dedicated to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

Career

The programme is addressed to ambitious and active students, endowed with a sheer interest in human rights policies, both local and global, willing to achieve an excellent theoretical and academic knowledge, engage in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment (the MA is attended by a high percentage of non-Italian students) and develop the technical skills and ethical attitudes required to professionally address the challenge of making human rights work. Change needs principled specialists and skilled activists.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • International Law of Human Rights 
  • Human Rights and International Justice or Microfinance for Social Change 
  • European Union Law and Human Rights or Children’s Rights (Save the Children Chair) 
  • Human Rights in International Politics 
  • Theory and Practice of Multi-level Governance 
  • Women’s Human Rights 
  • History of International Organisations 
  • Economics of Human Capital or Economic Globalisation and Human Rights 

                                    Detailed Programme Facts

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

                                    English Language Requirements

                                    This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

                                    Academic Requirements

                                     Applicants are expected to hold a degree which ensures:

                                    1) Competencies developed in the following disciplinary fields:

                                    • Interdisciplinary subjects: Areas of Historical, philosophical, pedagogical and psychological sciences and/or of economic and statistical sciences
                                    • Law: Area of legal sciences
                                  • Socio-political studies: Area of political and social sciences.
                                  • 2) Linguistic proficiency: good command of French, Spanish or German, in addition to a very good command of English.

                                    3) Academic attainment: a degree classification equivalent to at least 100/110 in the Italian system.

                                      Tuition Fee

                                      • International

                                        2507 EUR/year
                                        Tuition Fee
                                        Based on the original amount of 2507 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                                      • EU/EEA

                                        2507 EUR/year
                                        Tuition Fee
                                        Based on the original amount of 2507 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                                      We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
                                      The total amount can be significantly waived based on your “Equivalent Economic Status Index – ISEE”.

                                      Living costs for Padova

                                      • 750 - 1100 EUR/month
                                        Living Costs

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

                                      Funding

                                      The University of Padova offers scholarships to highly talented prospective students wishing to pursue a Bachelor's or Master's degree completely held in English in Padova. The scholarship programme is highly selective. Only candidates showing the highest achievements and school / academic records may receive a scholarship. The successful scholars will be expected to fulfil an ambassadorial role and represent the University at a number of events.

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