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

The Master's programme in Human Rights Policy and Practice is an international programme organised by a consortium of three partner universities; Roehampton University, London, UK; University of Deusto, Bilbao/San Sebastian, Spain and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

This Master's programme is mainly designed for students who want to take up careers in human rights work in civil society organisations, governments and the public sector or business.

The School of Global Studies has been involved in this collaboration for over 10 years, with around 170 students from 69 countries finishing previous versions of the programme. The collabortaion was renewed in 2019 and the next cohort of students will start the programme in the autumn of 2020. University of Gothenburg is the lead partner for the programme, with most of the coordination done out of School of Global Studies.

The consortium also includes associated partners comprising the University of Balamand, Tripoli, Lebanon, the University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Republic of Serbia, the University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana, and the University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India. The associate partner universities will, among other things, act as locations for student dissertation research.

The aim of the Master's programme

Prepare the students to:

• work professionally and effectively with the protection, promotion and implementation of human rights in a changing global context;
• take up careers in human rights work in different sectors within civil society organisations, governments, the public sector and business;
• develop analytical skills and expertise in human rights perspectives, contexts, organisations, policy-making and practice;
• evaluate and apply these skills to different cases and environment;
• develop human rights-based policies, programmes and projects with professionalism.

2016 Symposium Student Interviews

Student Diversity: the People and Cultures of the World in one Cohort

About Erasmus Mundus

The Erasmus Mundus initiative of the EU is a cooperation and mobility programme with a focus to improve the quality of higher education, promote the EU 'as a centre of excellence in learning around the world' as well as promote intercultural understanding with Third Countries and contribute to the development of higher education in these countries. (European Commission, EACEA, Internet website) Learn more about Erasmus Mundus.


The studies will take place at the following locations:

Year 1: Semester 1 (Sweden) and Semester 2 (Spain).
Year 2: Semester 1 (UK) and semester 2 (Spain, Sweden or UK)

Programme length: 2 years Number of places: 35 Programme commences: Annually in August The Award: The final award is a multiple degree between all institutions with an aim for a joint degree from 2015 entry onwards.

Where to apply

The application procedure for our next intake to the programme will start in the autumn of 2019. More information will follow shortly.

Erasmus Mundus

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