MSc Human Rights

Academic Year 2019/2020

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MSc in Human Rights is a one-year intensive course that prepares you for a career in human rights research, policy or advocacy in international organisations, governmental and non-governmental bodies, or academia.
  • You will explore the theory, politics and law of human rights and examine the mechanisms and limitations of national and international action to protect human rights.
  • You will either complete a research dissertation or undertake a monitored internship.

Careers & Employability

Graduates work with international private-sector employers, government agencies and NGOs as:

Human Rights Specialist
Field Officer
Human Rights Consultant
Child Protection Adviser
Public Information Officer
Journalist 

Recent graduates of MSc in Human Rights now work in:

Front Line Defenders
United Nations, New York and Geneva
Amnesty International
Médecins sans Frontières
PLAN Ireland
Irish Aid
Oxfam

Curricular information is subject to change


Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

  • You will explore the theory, politics and law of human rights and examine the mechanisms and limitations of national and international action to protect human rights.
  • You will either complete a research dissertation or undertake a monitored internship.

The progressive realisation of human rights represents perhaps the most challenging political issue of our times.  This programme aspires to develop and nurture the skills in studnets that would allow them meet that challenge and controbute constructively to both policy and practice in the field of human rights.

  • develop student's research/writing skills
  • allow students participate constructively in topical debates on human rights
  • facilitate students' professional development to work in HR policy
  • develop oral presentation skills
  • enhance group work skills
  • develop methodological research expertise
  • To thoroughly familiarise students with cutting edge issues in the broad area of human rights
  • To thoroughly familiarise students with cutting edge issues in the broad area of human rights
  • allow students participate constructively in topical debates on human rights
  • develop methodological research expertise
  • develop oral presentation skills
  • develop student's research/writing skills
  • enhance group work skills
  • facilitate students' professional development to work in HR policy

View All Modules Here

The MSc in Human Rights is a 90-credit programme, including 60 credits of modules taught by staff in the School of Politics and International Relations and the School of Law, and a 25 credit thesis of approximately 10,000 words. As part of their thesis preparation, students take a compulsory 5 credit module on dissertation design. Students are assigned an academic supervisor to help them choose their topic and guide their research.

Full time students must take three 10-credit modules and a 5-credit Dissertation Design module in the first semester, and three 10-credit modules in the second semester. Students must also submit a thesis worth 25-credits. In the first semester, these include the political theory of human rights, the European law of human rights. In the second semester, these include the politics of human rights, the international law of human rights. Elective modules change from year to year but typically include such topics as the Northern Ireland conflict, international political theory, comparative ethnic conflict, Africa in crisis, political economy, and issues in international relations.

 

MSc Human Rights (W035) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 8225
nonEU    fee per year - € 19200

MSc Human Rights (W110) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 5405
nonEU    fee per year - € 9600

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

SPIRe operates a Graduate Scholarship programme. To access details, see SPIRe Graduate Scholarship Scheme.

 

A primary degree with at least Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2H1) in a relevant subject such as political science, international relations, social science, sociology, history, geography, economics, global studies, public policy, development studies, EU studies, law. 2H1 is equivalent to 60 per cent, B minus or 3.08 GPA - in American system: B or 3.00 GPA.

  • Your application will be considered on its individual merits and relevant professional experience will also be taken into account.
  • English language requirements: applicants whose first language is not English should have met TOEFL, IELTs, or computer-based TOEFL requirements (600, 6.5, or 250 respectively), or the Cambridge English Test (Certificate in Advanced English at a minimum of Grade B, or Certificate of Proficiency in English at Grade C). Applicants who obtained a previous degree from an English-speaking university may be exempted from this requirement. Click here for further info.
  • Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the  English language requirements, may enter the programme upon  successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information http://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/ 

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Human Rights FT (W035)
Duration
1 Years
Attendance
Full Time
Deadline
Rolling *
MSc Human Rights PT (W110)
Duration
2 Years
Attendance
Part Time
Deadline
Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised