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Postgraduate course
PG Dip

International Human Rights Practice

International Human Rights Practice

International Human Rights Practice

International Human Rights Practice

International Human Rights Practice

International Scholarships available


Equip yourself with an advanced understanding of the complex laws and principles that arise from working in international human rights, as you prepare for a wide-ranging career in this demanding field.

You will explore the issues of international human rights, including political, economic, social, legal, ethical and environmental challenges. As you develop your knowledge, you will evaluate and apply theories to a range of complex and open-ended problems and scenarios such as whose rights should be protected, by whom and with what mechanisms, while staying mindful of ethical issues.

This course will enable you to tailor your learning to suit your career requirements or personal interests - you could choose to study criminal investigations, torture, non-violent methods during conflict or new security threats to human rights.

You will also enhance your skills in data analysis, budgeting, presentation and interpretation, which will be valuable whether you wish to pursue a career in academic research or international human rights organisations.
Whether you want to enrich your politics degree or you require a conversion course to break into this challenging and rapidly-shifting area, this course will help you to progress.

You will gain the skills and practical expertise required by employers working in human rights, such as the ability to write funding bids, interpersonal communication, and research and problem-solving capabilities.

Your course team includes highly experienced and research-active tutors who are well regarded in the fields of human rights law and practice, security, peace studies, evidence gathering and crime investigation.

Our guest lecture series provides access to industry experts who help ensure your learning is informed by the very latest developments in human rights practice. You could also be part of our annual Festival of Politics and Global Ethics, a week-long event that brings together specialists in politics and international relations to debate controversial issues such as the Syrian refugee crisis and unarmed civilian peacekeeping.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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Teaching and learning

We regularly review our courses to ensure we are offering you the best educational experience. This course is currently being reviewed for 2019 entry, therefore the information below is correct for students joining us in 2018/19 but there may be changes for students who wish to join us in 2019/20. These will be confirmed in the course specification made available to new applicants on this page from February 2019.
Dr John Willott
Dr John Willott
Principal Lecturer

John is a Principal Lecturer in Politics & International Relations, and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I love working with students from across the globe - seeing them learning from each other and sharing experiences is a big part of our course. Our involvement in international research, consultancy and advocacy, and links to key organisations means we know the kinds of knowledge and skills graduates need to develop their careers and make a difference.
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Fees & funding

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  • Study areas
    Study areas

    Our social learning spaces typically include PCs, desk space and seating areas, enabling you to study and socialise in a relaxed atmosphere.

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