Human Rights Master’s Degree Checklist: 5 Things Your Degree Should Include

Published originally on May 13, 2015
by an ATP Student Ambassador
Updated: July 25, 2019

For those looking to work with NGOs, IGOs, charities, pressure groups or even with the government – your Human Rights Master’s Degree should be comprehensive to give you the best chance of succeeding in your professional career.

But how can you make sure your university, and the degree you wish to take, gives you the best chance of success? Take a read through this blog and make sure your prospective Master’s degree includes the following 5 things.

Internationally-acclaimed staff

The source of all you knowledge over the next 12 months will come from the lecturers that teach you. As well as being knowledgeable and experienced, they should be well known within the subject area.

With a core 7 key staff, the University of Roehampton has some of the leading lecturers in the world for human rights and international relations. The key staff members includes Dr Gregory Kent, a former journalist who has written a ground-breaking book on political communication, as well as advising governments and specialising in EU politics and external policy making.

A range of specific modules

Your degree should include modules that excite you, as well as those that inform you on specific subjects. Remember, this is your degree and what you choose to study will shape your understanding for the rest of your career.

At the University of Roehampton, their Human Rights and International Relations Master’s degree course begins with an introduction to historical, philosophical, legal and sociological debates. Following this, students can undertake modules including ‘Understanding Genocide’, to ‘Global Political Economy and Social Justice’.

Access to external research

The latest research conducted is vital to your job post-study, as it is to your Master’s degree dissertation or exam. Your university should give you access to the best human rights research to enable you to broaden your knowledge and context outside of the theoretical work.

As part of your degree at the University of Roehampton, you will be part of their team of human rights practitioners through their international Crucible Centre for Human Rights Research. The interdisciplinary University Research Centre is home to experts conducting research, teaching and training in human rights and is a member of the Association of Human Rights Institutions (AHRI).

Additional learning opportunities

As well as the core degree you will study, your university should offer additional learning opportunities to not only give you better context, but also make you more employable to businesses in the future.

As well as undertaking a research study trip in the Western Balkans, students at the University of Roehampton will get the chance to participate in two extra learning opportunities at no extra cost. For the entrepreneur students amongst the class, you will be able to take part in the ‘Bright Futures’ accredited course to develop your career. Human Rights students also get the chance to learn a new language as part of their degree, including French, Spanish, Mandarin or Arabic.

Praise from former students and the industry

When researching a university to do your degree, look for both the opinions of former students, as well as praise from within the industry. This mix of opinions will help you identify the both the actual and perceived benefits you will get from the university and degree.

As well as being ranked as the No.1 new university in London for quality of research, and the ‘Best modern university in London’ by the Sunday Times Good University rankings 2015, the university and Human Rights degree has received praise from former students.

Speaking about the Human Rights and International Relations Master’s Degree, former student Olivia Palmer said, “I really enjoyed the variety of the course. I loved the way we were able to use current events in presentations and essays and I also really enjoyed the staff seminars, the visit to the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the group presentations.”

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