MA Applied Human Rights

Study Mode Part-time
Year of Entry 2024/25
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MA

Applied Human Rights

Part-time Law

Develop your skills, gain hands-on experience and become an employable specialist in international or domestic human rights.

Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £10,310 for the course
    International/EU: £17,205 for the course

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    2 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024


Where will I study?

This course is moving into one of our new buildings at City campus. Teaching will mainly be delivered at our Collegiate campus until December 2024 while we get our new facilities ready. From January 2025 you will study in brand new facilities at City campus.

Course summary

  • Acquire specialist expertise in the field of international or domestic human rights.
  • Apply your skills by working alongside human rights practitioners throughout the course.
  • Gain a deep understanding of human rights law, principles and policy while building on your existing qualifications.
  • Enhance your employability and make the transition into a rewarding career.
  • Study full or part-time and benefit from wide-ranging teaching methods.

This postgraduate degree provides the grounding you need to enter human rights law and advances your existing degree. You'll cover the breadth of human rights theory and practice and graduate as a skilled, knowledgeable and employable practitioner.


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How you learn

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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.

The course provides a supportive, intensive learning experience; one that employs wide-ranging means to impart deep understanding, intellectual advancement and employment preparation. Your legal skills will be applied through working with academics, volunteers and practitioners, allowing you active engagement and real-world experiences alongside theoretical grounding.

You learn through:

  • lectures and seminars on campus
  • teaching input from human rights organisations
  • monitoring and review of human rights case studies
  • active engagement with live projects and simulated cases
  • guided reading
  • workshops
  • student presentations
  • peer support
  • individual student reflection on learning
  • virtual lectures

Applied learning

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.

Live projects

Throughout the course you will engage with live projects that allow you knowledge and understanding of contemporary human rights cases and issues.

Networking opportunities

As well as engaging regularly with human rights practitioners, specialists and organisations - past speakers include Shami Chakrobarti and Trevor Phillips - there will be ample opportunity for workplace networking, internships and involvement in planning events. You will also interact regularly with the research work of staff in the Human Rights and Social Justice and Social-Legal Research Clusters, and the Department of Law and Criminology.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • human rights law
  • policy or development work
  • human rights advocacy
  • academia or teaching
  • non-government organisations (NGOs)
  • local and central government services
  • research and development organisations

Equipment and facilities

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.

Entry requirements

All students

Typically a 2.2 honours degree or above in human rights, law, social science, politics, international development or a related humanities disciplines.

We also welcome those who have relevant professional experience and those who wish to apply the practical realisation of human rights within their professional field.

 

 

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS 6.5 score with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skill areas or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

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'.


Modules

Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Foundations Of Human Rights
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Elective modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Environmental Rights, Sustainability And Climate Justice
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Gender, Equality And Discrimination
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Global Health And Human Rights
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Refugee Rights
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Final year

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Human Rights And Emerging Issues
Credits 30
Assessment Practical(100%)

Elective modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Applied Project
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Dissertation
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Environmental Rights, Sustainability And Climate Justice
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Gender, Equality And Discrimination
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Global Health And Human Rights
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Refugee Rights
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting part-time study in 2024/25 is £10,310 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time. Our tuition fee for UK students starting part-time study in 2024/25 are: Year 1: £3,440 Year 2: £6,875.

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

This course is not eligible for full-time Student visa sponsorship. International/EU students may apply for part-time Student visa sponsorship on an individual basis. Please contact Admissions for further advice. Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting part-time study in 2024/25 is £17,205 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time. Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting part-time study in 2024/25 are: Year 1: £5,735 Year 2: £11.470

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Student success story
Matt Morgan

‘I loved the way my course was structured. We were allowed to write freely on topics of our choice, while at the same time applying the basic principles and theories of human rights.’

Matthew Morgan, MA Applied Human Rights, graduate 2016

Find out more about his experience.

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You study at City 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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You apply for this course via our online application form.

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