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MATheory and Practice of Human Rights

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
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Programme structure

Year 1

Human Rights: Theories and Applications
Dissertation: MA Theory and Practice Human Rights
Human Rights Clinic (optional)
Contemporary Issues in Human Rights and Cultural Diversity (optional)
Religion and Human Rights (optional)
Human Rights, International Relations and Diplomacy (optional)
International Security Studies (optional)
Contemporary Theories of Justice (optional)
Race and Class in the United States, South Africa and Britain: Select Topics (optional)
Language Rights (optional)
European Union Law and Human Rights (optional)
The Law of International Peacekeeping (optional)
Acute Crises and Displacement (optional)
International Human Rights: Law, Institutions and Practice (optional)
Public International Law (optional)
Foundations of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (optional)
The Protection of Refugees and Displaced Persons in International Law (optional)
International Child Law (optional)
European Convention on Human Rights I (optional)
The Protection of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples in International Law (optional)
Human Rights and Development (optional)
International Trade, Investment and Human Rights. (optional)
Human Rights for Women (optional)
Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Africa (optional)
The Inter-American System of Human Rights (optional)
Business and Human Rights (optional)
Transitional Justice (optional)
Psychoanalysis of Groups and Organisations (optional)
Psychosocial Perspectives on Human Rights (optional)
Social Psychology (optional)
Culture and Psychology (optional)
Texts and Documents (optional)
Dynamics of Home and Work (optional)
Formative Debates in Criminology (optional)
Current Controversies in Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy (optional)
Colonialism, Culture and Human Rights (optional)

Career opportunities

Graduates of the MA courses within our Human Rights Centre go on to a variety of careers in the governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental sectors, and undertake further research.

Recent graduates of our MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights have found employment as:

Director of investigations for Malawi Human Rights Commission
A human rights officer for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
An experimental learning director for CIEE
A web writer for the British Red Cross
Grants Manger for the American Councils for International Education
A project officer for Relief International
Women and housing rights programme officer for the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE)

Other graduates now work for the Council of Europe, the United Nations, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Save the Children, Shelter, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists.

Apply now! Fall semester 2023/24
Application period has ended
Please see the university profile or contact us for the deadlines that apply to you
Apply now! Fall semester 2023/24
Application period has ended
Please see the university profile or contact us for the deadlines that apply to you