MA Human Rights - Law/Political Science Pathway (Research Route) / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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Course description

The MA in Human Rights focuses on the pressing questions of human rights.

Can there be space for human rights in world affairs? Who is responsible for the protection of human rights in world politics? 

These theoretical and practical concerns form the central focus of the degree and are addressed through the compulsory course units. This research route course is designed for students who wish to progress to PhD study. It will appeal particularly to those with an interest in the political, legal and ethical issues that arise from widespread human rights violations globally.

The course provides you with an advanced, critical, interdisciplinary and systematic understanding of human rights issues within a global context. It is an interdisciplinary degree which allows you exposure to developments in international politics, political theory, and law in order to better understand the complex global environment in which human rights claims are made.

Teaching and learning

Part-time students complete the full-time course over two years. There are no evening or weekend course units available on the part-time course.  

You must first check the schedule of the compulsory units and then select your optional units to suit your requirements.  

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your unit choices during induction week with your course director.

Coursework and assessment

Courses are taught through a combination of methods including interactive lectures and seminars. You will be assessed through a variety of methods, such as exams, essays, presentations and tutorials.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Dissertation Research Design POLI60312 15 Mandatory
Human Rights Law POLI60992 15 Mandatory
Human Rights in World Politics POLI70492 15 Mandatory
Philosophy of Politics Research POLI70771 15 Mandatory
Dissertation POLI72000 60 Mandatory
Qualitative Research Methods SOCY60230 0 Mandatory
Introduction to Quantitative Methods SOST70511 15 Mandatory
Global Health Law and Bioethics CSEP60222 15 Optional
Gender Inequality: Theory and Evidence MGDI60201 15 Optional
Governing in an Unjust World: Justice and International Relations POLI60182 15 Optional
The Ethics Of Killing POLI60221 15 Optional
Researching Elites POLI70022 5 Optional
Global Governance POLI70422 15 Optional
Ethics in World Politics POLI70451 15 Optional
Debating Justice POLI70611 15 Optional
Theories of Rights POLI70722 15 Optional
Gender, War and Peace POLI70962 15 Optional
The Arab Uprisings and Revolutionary State Formation POLI70981 15 Optional
Gender in Comparative Politics POLI71151 15 Optional
Borders, Identities, Citizenship POLI72021 15 Optional
Doing Interviews SOAN60201 5 Optional
Practising Participant Observation SOAN60891 5 Optional
Creative Methods SOCY60192 5 Optional
Foundational and advanced perspectives on qualitative research SOCY60231 10 Optional
Internet Research SOST60232 5 Optional
Understanding Big Data For Social Research SOST60511 5 Optional
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Facilities

You will be supported by first-class resources, in addition to the networked study areas and with access to one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the country.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk