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BA (Honours) Human Rights and Social Justice

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Year of Entry 2023/24
BA (Honours)

Human Rights and Social Justice

Full-time Law

Study on this dynamic course designed to give you a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary understanding of human rights and social justice.

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What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £15,860 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? D037
When do I start? September 2023
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Gain an understanding of human rights and social justice theories, concepts and values, within an institutional, social, national and global context
  • Apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios
  • Create an impact in advancing human rights and social justice
  • Build the attributes needed for a career in the field and lifelong professional development.

On this course, you learn through an intersectional lens where legal frameworks, advocacy, policy, theory, a range of arts-based and humanities approaches are blended with real-world practice and activism.You’ll broaden your horizons on a wide range of issues, and will gain transferable skills and knowledge to apply in your career across this important sector.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

On this course you’ll experience a supportive and innovative learning environment, where you’ll actively learn through application and engagement. Our approach to learning and teaching is explicitly applied - encouraging and supporting you to reflect on concepts and theories you might use, using ‘real world’ examples where appropriate. You’ll also be helped to develop as an ‘advocate and activist’, with tasks and activities that encourage you to explore and question beliefs, assumptions and understandings that shape the world around us. 

You learn through 

  • lectures 
  • seminars 
  • activism 
  • placements 
  • real-world projects
  • campaign projects 
  • guest speakers and events

Course leaders and tutors

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Alex Chaggar
Lecturer in Criminology, Human Rights & Social Justice

Applied learning

Live projects

We have a good relationship with domestic and international justice stakeholders who make up our professional networks. These links mean that there are opportunities for you to undertake a range of placements, work experience and real-world projects so you can truly apply what you have learned.

Networking opportunities

Our professional networks give you the opportunity to network with industry specialists  through seminars, internal/external speaker programmes and guest inputs.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • non-profit organisations
  • human rights charities
  • international organisations
  • non-governmental organisations

This course prepares you for a successful career in human rights and social justice, either within a large international organisation such as the UN or within the U.K. The degree is mapped onto the UN Capability Framework, embedding the skills needed to work for international human rights organisations.

You’ll graduate as a strong candidate in this competitive jobs market, and will have continued access to the Department's Careers and Employability service for support and guidance.

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Blackboard
  • access to Hallam Facilities online including Study Skills, Library Gateway, and student support services.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BBC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include up to two AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language or or English Literature at grade C or 4.
  • Mathematics at grade C or 4.

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course.

• Grade B from CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in both reading and writing and 5.5 in all other skills, or equivalent.

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Activism And Advocacy Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Global, Local And Civic Citizenship  Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advancing Justice And Rights Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Inspiring Social Change  Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Project Campaign Credits: 60 Assessment: Practical
Module: Rights Placement  Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2023/24 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £15,860 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


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