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

Year of entry: 2024

Course description

This MA Human Rights course will appeal to you if you have 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.

The central focus of the degree addresses the pressing questions relating to human rights, through the compulsory course units and varied optional course units.

This course is designed for those of you who are interested in careers in fields related to government and non-governmental organisations, as well as teaching, journalism or any career where advanced knowledge of human rights coupled with an advanced capacity to communicate effectively will be an advantage.

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 are usually assessed by extended essays, but assessments might also include oral presentations, tutorials and formal examinations.

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
Research Design and Skills POLI60312 15 Mandatory
Human Rights Law POLI60992 15 Mandatory
Human Rights in World Politics POLI70492 15 Mandatory
Dissertation POLI72000 60 Mandatory
Global Health Law and Bioethics CSEP60222 15 Optional
Gender Inequality: Theory and Evidence MGDI60202 15 Optional
Governing in an Unjust World: Justice and International Relations POLI60182 15 Optional
The Ethics Of Killing POLI60221 15 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 POLI70961 15 Optional
Gender in Comparative Politics POLI71151 15 Optional
Theories of Gender and Sexuality SOCY60992 15 Optional
Creating a Sustainable World: Interdisciplinary Applications of the Sustainable Development Goals UCIL60312 15 Optional
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As a School of Social Sciences student, you will be supported by first-class resources.  

As well as access to networked study areas and one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the country, The University of Manchester Library .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: