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MA Applied Human Rights

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Study Mode Part-time
Year of Entry 2022/23

Applied Human Rights

Part-time Law

Develop your skills, gain hands-on experience and become an employable specialist in international or domestic human rights. Currently applications for the September start of this course are only open to home students.

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What is the fee? Home: £2,915 - £5,830 per year
International/EU: £14,895 for the course
How long will I study? 2 Years / 32 Months
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
When do I start? September 2022
January 2023

Course summary

  • Develop a multidisciplinary understanding of contemporary issues in human rights and social justice.
  • Understand how human rights organisations work in practice.
  • Apply your skills by working alongside human rights practitioners throughout the course.
  • Take part in the work of the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice.
  • Enhance your employability and make the transition into a rewarding career.

This postgraduate degree provides the grounding you need to begin a fulfilling career advocating for and protecting others. You'll cover wide-ranging subjects and issues in human rights 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 learning experience that employs wide-ranging means to impart understanding of contemporary issues from gender violence and radicalisation to asylum and global security. Your skills will be applied through working with academics and practitioners and you are offered an opportunity to work with the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice.

You learn through

  • lectures and seminars
  • a dissertation on specialist areas
  • teaching input from human rights organisations
  • human rights case studies from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, British Council, United Nations, Amnesty and Clarion Global
  • engagement with live projects, events and simulated cases
  • workshops
  • student presentations

Course leaders and tutors

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Severyna Magill
Senior Lecturer in Law

I am currently Lecturer in Human Rights & Course Leader MA & LLM Applied Human Rights

Applied learning

Work placements

This course offers you the opportunity to take part in the work of the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice on a range of practical human rights projects, public events, case reviews, seminars and workshops.

Live projects

Throughout the course, you will engage with live projects that allow you knowledge and understanding of contemporary human rights cases and issues. You can also opt to take part in a project on human rights, rather than a dissertation.

Networking opportunities

As well as engaging regularly with human rights practitioners, specialists and organisations (past speakers include Shami Chakrabarti 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, as well as 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
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.

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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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. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

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.

Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Human Rights In Times Of Global Crises: Protecting The Most Vulnerable Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Contemporary Forced Migration And Refugee Rights Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Human Rights Advocacy Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Rights In Action Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Dissertation Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foundations Of Human Rights Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Human Rights And Legal Scholarship Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Researching Human Rights Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting part-time study in 2022/23 are: Year 1: £2,915 Year 2: £5,830.

† 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.

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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.


How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

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