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Master's Programme in Human Rights Policy and Practice (Erasmus Mundus)

The Erasmus Mundus Master’s Programme in Human Rights Policy and Practice offers courses and opportunities for study in Sweden, Spain, England, and Norway and brings together legal, sociological, political, anthropological, and practical perspectives. Students are supported from the classroom to the job market, preparing you for human rights work in civil society organizations, governments, the public sector, and business. To apply, you should have a minimum of two years’ practitioner experience in the field of human rights (employment, internships, or voluntary work).

About the Programme

Human rights is an interdisciplinary field, and requires an understanding of legal and political processes, globalization, social structures and civil society, methodologies needed to ensure reliable data, and the cultural and ethnic boundaries that challenge human rights implementation. 

One programme-four universities

The Erasmus Mundus Master’s Programme in Human Rights Policy and Practice is organized by a consortium of four partner universities: 

  • University of Gothenburg, Sweden (lead partner);
  • University of Deusto, Bilbao/San Sebastian, Spain;
  • Roehampton University, London, UK;
  • and the Arctic University of Norway (UIT), Tromsø, Norway.


The first semester of study takes place at the University of Gothenburg, the second semester at the University of Deusto, and third semester at the University of Roehampton. Mobility to Norway will be included for those students supervised in their master thesis by UIT. Teaching modules will be complemented with a Professional Seminar Series, field visits, and an internship during the third semester with a human rights organization in London. During the fourth semester, you are required to write a dissertation, supervised by academic staff from one the four partner universities.

Immersive learning and joint teaching

The programme offers a unique comprehensive and immersive approach to teaching and learning, allowing you to build your skills, knowledge, and practical experience and prepare yourself to be a confident professional in the field of human rights.
Through lectures, group teaching, seminars, and field visits, you will learn about these main subjects:

  • human rights theory
  • human rights in the context of politics and the market economy
  • research methods and methodologies
  • human rights defenders
  • social movements and nongovernmental organizations


Preparing you for professional work in human rights

Our programme has an enhanced focus on employability and professionalization. Particular attention is paid to provide you with a range of core skills for employment, such as report writing, project management, campaign creation, and public speaking, embedded throughout the various modules.

Furthermore, the Professional Seminar Series will give you additional opportunities to practise what you learn. Associate Partners from academia and the public, corporate, and third sectors are involved in the design and delivery of the seminars, and in organizing study visits throughout the duration of the programme. Lastly, during the third semester there is an internship possibility with a human rights organization in London. These various forms of integrated collaboration will prepare you for the challenges of building and enhancing your career after graduation in the field of human rights.

Who Should Apply?

Do you want to gain critical knowledge of human rights as an interdisciplinary academic discipline in four diverse countries?

Are you interested in how human rights can be interpreted from different academic disciplines?

Do you have practical experience in human rights work and want to broaden your skillset and deepen your understanding?

If you think this profile reflects your interests and ambition, then apply for this unique programme.

Structure and Content

The first semester in Sweden lays the foundation for the programme by introducing human rights as an interdisciplinary field and begins to examine where responsibility for human rights should lie.

The second semester in Spain prepares you to produce and access quality human rights knowledge and evidence, and examines relativistic approaches to human rights in light of cultural and ethnic diversity.

The third semester in the UK gives you the opportunity to practise what you have learned through an internship at a human rights organization in London, the Professional Seminar Series, and modules about theorizing human rights and social change.

The fourth semester consists of writing your master’s thesis in Human Rights Policy and Practice, based at one of the four partner universities.

Detailed information on programme content and structure is found in the Programme Syllabus: Programme Syllabus 2020

After Graduation

Graduates receive the joint Degree of Master of Science in Human Rights Policy and Practice, issued by the University of Gothenburg.

After graduation, you will be prepared to:

  • work professionally and effectively with the protection, promotion, and implementation of human rights in a changing global context;
  • use analytical skills and expertise in human rights perspectives, contexts, organizations, policy-making, and practice;
  • evaluate and apply these skills to different cases and environments;
  • and develop human rights-based policies, programmes, and projects with professionalism.


Our alumni work for nongovernmental organizations such as Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, and Save the Children, in various UN agencies, and as lawyers, researchers, and teachers.

How to Apply


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Apply to the programme at the University Admissions website

Meet former student Bruna De Castro E Silva

Meet Joseph Anderson - former student

Student interviews


Please contact: emhrppugot@gu.se

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