MA Human Rights - Political Science (Research Route)

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Arts (MA)
Duration
1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time)
Entry requirements

UK 2:1 (Hons) degree (or international equivalent) in any subject.

Please supply your degree transcript with details of the courses you have taken and marks obtained (if available).

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply here

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MA Y Y N N

Course overview

  • Collaborate with dedicated staff and an internationally diverse peer group who share a passion for advancing human rights.
  • Develop your interest in the theoretical issues around human rights at a university committed to making a real difference in the society.
  • Study the legal and political issues surrounding human rights in a top internationally recognised institution, ranked in fifth place in terms of research power.

Open days

The University holds regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and courses.

On this day, you will find out more about the School of Social Sciences and our resources, and meet academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.

For more information, see open days and visits .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £20,000
  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750
    International students (per annum): £10,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

The Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a first-class bachelor's degree and are progressing to a postgraduate taught master's course.

For more information, see fees and funding or search the University's postgraduate funding database .

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Zoe Woodend
Telephone
+44 (0) 161 275 1296
Facsimile
+44 (0) 161 275 2450
Email
Website
https://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/politics/
School/Faculty

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

UK 2:1 (Hons) degree (or international equivalent) in any subject.

Please supply your degree transcript with details of the courses you have taken and marks obtained (if available).

English language

  • IELTS - overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.5;
  • TOEFL IBT 103 with 28 in writing and no further score below 25 in each section. TOEFL code for Manchester is 0757.
  • Pearson - overall 73 with 73 in writing and no further score below 66

Scores are valid for 2 years.

Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.

Applicants from certain countries may be exempt from having to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score. For further advice, email pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk.

Pre-Sessional English Courses

If you are eligible to do a pre-sessional English course (either 6 weeks or 10 weeks, depending on your English score), you will need to successfully complete the course at the required level before you are permitted to register on your academic course.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply here

Advice to applicants

Due to high demand for this course, we operate a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year, as follows:   

  • 1 November (decision by 8 December; accept offer by 15 January);
  • 7 January (decision by 14 February, accept offer by 16 March);
  • 2 March (decision by 8 April, accept offer by 8 May);
  • 1 May (decision by 1 June, accept offer by 1 July).

If we make you an offer, you will have approximately 4 weeks to accept (conditional and un-conditional offers). Any offers not accepted by the deadline will be withdrawn so that an offer can be made to another candidate.

All conditional offer holders will have until 1 August to satisfy the conditions of their offer

Due to competition for places, we give preference to students with grades above our minimum entry requirements

You need to ensure that you submit your supporting documents with your online application as it may delay us processing your application.

You need to ensure that you submit your supporting documents with your online application as it may delay us processing your application before the decision deadline.

Whilst we aim to give you a decision on your application by the decision date, in some instances due to the competition for places/volume of applications received, it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next deadline date. If this is the case we will let you know after the deadline date.

Applications received after our final selection deadline will be considered at our discretion if places are still available.

We can accept your application before you complete your undergraduate studies; please submit your latest transcripts with your online application. 

Please note: 

  • all places are subject to availability and if you apply for one of the later dates, some courses may already be closed, we recommend that you apply early in the cycle to secure your place;
  • meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer;
  • international applicants who will require a visa to study in the UK can obtain up-to-date information on the latest student visa advice and guidelines;
  • if you are a current undergraduate student at The University of Manchester, you may be eligible to apply via the 'Fast-Track' scheme, email pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk for further information;
  • for a copy of the postgraduate prospectus, email pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk .

How your application is considered

Applications are initially assessed by the Admissions Team and referred to the Admissions Tutor when required.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

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 and ethical issues that arise from widespread human rights violations globally. You will benefit from research and teaching initiatives which touch on important global issues.

The course will provide 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 and political theory 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 route.  

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
Ethics in World Politics POLI70451 15 Mandatory
Human Rights in World Politics POLI70492 15 Mandatory
Theories of Rights POLI70722 15 Mandatory
Philosophy of Politics Research POLI70771 15 Mandatory
Dissertation POLI72000 60 Mandatory
Foundational and advanced perspectives on qualitative research SOCY60230 0 Mandatory
Introduction to Quantitative Methods SOST70511 15 Mandatory
Gender Inequality: Theory and Evidence MGDI60202 15 Optional
The Politics and Governance of Development MGDI60391 15 Optional
Civil Society & Public Action MGDI60521 15 Optional
Citizen-Led Development MGDI60561 15 Optional
Governing in an Unjust World POLI60182 15 Optional
The Ethics Of Killing POLI60221 15 Optional
Rhetoric in Politics POLI60242 15 Optional
Using Documents in Social Research POLI60252 5 Optional
Biography and life-history in the social sciences POLI60332 5 Optional
Interviews POLI70022 5 Optional
Global Governance POLI70421 15 Optional
Debating Justice POLI70611 15 Optional
Democracy: Theory & Practice POLI70872 15 Optional
Gender, War and Peace POLI70961 15 Optional
Gender in Comparative Politics POLI71151 15 Optional
Borders, Identities, Citizenship POLI72021 15 Optional
Doing Interviews SOAN60201 5 Optional
Practising Participant Observation SOAN60892 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
Qualitative Comparative Analysis and Fuzzy Sets SOST71021 5 Optional
Displaying 10 of 30 course units

Facilities

School of Social Sciences students are supported by the 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

Careers

Career opportunities

In recent years, our MA Human Rights graduates have progressed into a variety of careers in a number of sectors, including:

  • academia;
  • the civil service;
  • journalism;
  • the NGO sector; and
  • a wide range of related positions in both the public and private sectors.

As a School of Social Sciences postgraduate at Manchester, you will have access to an array of careers support tailored to your career or further study.

For more information, see careers and employability .