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MSc in Human Rights

Programme Code: TMHURI

Department: Sociology

For students starting this programme of study in 2021/22

Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations

Classification scheme for the award of a taught master's degree (four units)
Exam sub-board local rules

Full-year course. Students are required to take one compulsory course, optional courses to the value of two units, and write a dissertation as shown.

Please note that places are limited on some optional courses. Admission onto any particular course is not guaranteed and may be subject to timetabling constraints and/or students meeting specific prerequisite requirements.


Course number, title (unit value)

Paper 1

SO424 Approaches to Human Rights (1.0)

Papers 2 & 3

Optional Courses to the value of 2.0 units from the following:  A


AN436 The Anthropology of Development (0.5)


DV418 African Development (0.5)


DV420 Complex Emergencies (0.5)


DV428 Managing Humanitarianism (0.5)


DV462 Forced Migration and Refugees (0.5)


EU457 Culture and Security in Global Politics (0.5)


EU458 Public Policy and Cultural Narratives in a Global Europe (0.5)


EU4A2 Globalisation, Conflict and Post-Conflict Reconstruction (0.5)


GI407 Globalisation, Gender and Development (1.0) 1


GI409 Gender, Globalisation and Development: An Introduction (0.5) 2


GI413 Gender, Race and Militarisation (0.5)


GI420 Globalisation, Gender and Development: Theorising Policy and Practice (0.5) 3


GI421 Sexuality, Gender and Culture (0.5) # 4


GI422 Transnational Sexual Politics (1.0) 5


GI423 Globalisation and Sexuality (0.5) # 6  (not available 2021/22)


GI425 Introduction to Gender, Peace and Security (0.5)


GI426 Gender and Human Rights (0.5) #


GV408 Contemporary Disputes about Justice (0.5) #


GV465 War, Peace and the Politics of National Self-Determination (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


GV4B7 The Idea of Freedom (0.5) #


GV4D7 Dilemmas of Equality (0.5)


IR464 The Politics of International Law (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


IR466 Genocide (0.5)


LL468 European Human Rights Law (0.5)


LL475 Terrorism and the Rule of Law (0.5)


LL4A6 Climate Change and International Law (0.5)


LL4A8 International Law and the Use of Force (0.5) #


LL4A9 Law in War (0.5) #


LL4AR International Criminal Law: Core Crimes and Concepts (0.5)


LL4AS International Criminal Law: Prosecution and Practice (0.5)


LL4AW Foundations of International Human Rights Law (0.5) #


LL4AX Selected Topics in International Human Rights Law (0.5)


LL4BA International Law and the Movement of Persons within States (0.5)


LL4BB International Law and the Movement of Persons Between States (0.5)


LL4C2 World Poverty and Human Rights (0.5) #


LL4E6 International Dispute Resolution: Courts and Tribunals (0.5) #


LL4K4 The International Law of Self-Determination (0.5) #  (not available 2021/22)


LL4L6 Theory of Constitutional Rights (0.5) #  (not available 2021/22)


SO457 Political Reconciliation (0.5)


SO479 Human Rights and Postcolonial Theory (0.5)


SO482 Topics in Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Studies (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


SO490 Contemporary Social Thought (0.5)


SO4B3 Seeing like an NGO: Human Rights in Practice (0.5)


SO4B5 The Anticolonial Archive: The Sociology of Empire and its Afterlives (0.5)


SO4B7 Lawful Violence (0.5)


SO4B8 Internationalism and Solidarity (0.5)


SO4C1 Fascism, Authoritarianism, Populism (0.5)


SP416 International Planning and Children's Rights (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


SP418 Global Social Policy and International Organizations (0.5)  (not available 2021/22)


SP439 Social Rights and Human Welfare (0.5) #  (not available 2021/22)

Paper 4

SO496 MSc in Human Rights Dissertation (1.0)

Prerequisite Requirements and Mutually Exclusive Options

1 : GI407 can not be taken with GI409, GI420

2 : GI409 can not be taken with GI420, GI407

3 : GI420 can not be taken with GI409, GI407

4 : GI421 can not be taken with GI423, GI422

5 : GI422 can not be taken with GI421, GI423

6 : GI423 can not be taken with GI422, GI421


A : Registration for these options depends on availability, regulations and the conditions of the outside department. Some further restrictions apply to Law Department options that are part of the LLM degree) Access is not guaranteed for any option.

# means there may be prerequisites for this course. Please view the course guide for more information.

Note for prospective students:
For changes to graduate course and programme information for the next academic session, please see the graduate summary page for prospective students. Changes to course and programme information for future academic sessions can be found on the graduate summary page for future students.