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School of Social Sciences

Canal in Manchester close to the University
MA Human Rights - Law/Political Science Pathway (Research Route)
Research the moral, legal and political issues surrounding human rights.

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

Year of entry: 2018

Course description

The MA in Human Rights focuses on the pressing questions of human rights. Can there be space for human rights in world affairs? Who is responsible for the protection of human rights in world politics?  These theoretical and practical concerns form the central focus of the degree and are addressed through the compulsory course units. This research route course is designed for students for whom a taught MA will be a prelude to a PhD. It will appeal particularly to those with an interest in the political, legal and ethical issues that arise from widespread human rights violations globally. The course provides students with an advanced, critical, interdisciplinary and systematic understanding of human rights issues within a global context. It is an interdisciplinary degree which allows student's 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.

Course Director: Dr Jess Gifkins

Tel: 0161 275 4250


Teaching and learning


Part-time students complete the full-time programme over two years.  There are NO evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme.  

You must first check the schedule of the compulsory modules and then select your optional modules to suit your requirements.  

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your module choices during induction week with your Course Director

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
Human Rights Law LAWS60291 30 Mandatory
Dissertation Research Design POLI60312 15 Mandatory
Human Rights in World Politics POLI70492 15 Mandatory
Philosophy of Politics Research POLI70771 15 Mandatory
Introduction to Quantitative Methods SOST70511 15 Mandatory
Governing in an Unjust World POLI60182 15 Optional
Archival Research POLI60251 5 Optional
Biography & Life History in the Social Sciences POLI60331 5 Optional
Human Rights Vocational Placement POLI60502 15 Optional
Interviewing Activists POLI70021 5 Optional
Global Governance POLI70422 15 Optional
Debating Justice POLI70612 15 Optional
Theories of Rights POLI70722 15 Optional
The United Nations and International Security POLI71112 15 Optional
Doing Interviews SOAN60201 5 Optional
Practising Participant Observation SOAN60892 5 Optional
Creative Methods SOCY60192 5 Optional
Foundational and advanced perspectives on qualitative research SOCY60231 10 Optional
Narrative Analysis SOCY70722 5 Optional
Understanding Big Data For Social Research SOST60512 5 Optional
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Dedicated area in the atrium with computer terminals

Disability support

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