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International Human Rights Practice
Postgraduate course
PG Cert

International Human Rights Practice

International Scholarships available

Overview

Gain the in-depth knowledge to champion international human rights practices amid a backdrop of mounting political, economic, social, legal, ethical and environmental challenges.

Through lectures, independent research and group activities, you will formulate your own principled and reflective positions on these issues, and develop your confidence as you give presentations and engage with your course peers in discussions.

Your organisational and problem-solving skills will be enhanced through planning and conducting interviews, developing project funding bids and managing budgets, giving you the hands-on experience highly sought after by third-sector organisations and charities.

This course will complement an undergraduate degree in a related discipline such as politics or law, adding a specialism to your existing expertise. If your degree is in an unrelated subject, it could also act as a conversion course, helping you to forge a new career in this highly rewarding and dynamic area.
You will learn from 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 course team includes Dr Rachel Julian, who has been researching local understanding of conflict in Myanmar with Nonviolent Peaceforce, Dr Steve Wright, an expert on torture technologies and surveillance employed by governments across the world, Dr Robin Redhead, an expert on indigenous people and women's rights, and Professor Eddie Halpin, who is chair of Huridocs, the Geneva-based human rights information and documentation centre.

Guest lectures provided by industry experts will ensure your learning is at the cutting-edge of human rights practice and will give you with the chance to engage with professionals working in the field. You will also have the opportunity to get involved with our annual Festival of Politics and Global Ethics, a week-long event that brings together experts to discuss and 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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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

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Entry Requirements

Requirements

Applicants should either have a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link

IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements

Applicants should either have a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link

IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Nicholas Renn Nichol

Careers

Nicholas Renn Nichol
Managing Director AptART

BSc (Hons) International Relations & Global Development

“The course allowed me the freedom to explore how charities are run and how ethics are imposed within the organisation.

Teaching and learning

Please note that the modules listed below are correct for students joining us in 2018/19. If you are hoping to study this course in 2019/20, there may be changes to the modules offered.

Study the international human rights legal framework and the concepts and application of international humanitarian law while critically evaluating the associated achievements and limitations.

Explore key debates in international relations with a particular focus on the conceptualisation of human rights.

Security Paradigms

Examine the history, techniques and law applicable to civilian and military intelligence and evidence gathering via interrogation activities.

Investigate the practical strategies used to protect civilians from violence on a local, national and international level.

Consider how projects fit within organisations and how they can be developed, funded and managed.

Dr John Willott
Dr John Willott
Principal Lecturer
Dr John Willott is MA course leader and has research interests in marginalised people, security, environment and development.
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

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed

Tuition fees

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

 

Additional costs

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

 

Course-specific optional costs

Study materials

We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Voluntary field trips

Part of the Politics and International Relations Festival (cost of travel £10-£20). Additional free or low-cost optional trips may be organised from time to time

 

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

 

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed

Tuition fees

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

 

Additional costs

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

 

Course-specific optional costs

Study materials

We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Voluntary field trips

Part of the Politics and International Relations Festival (cost of travel £10-£20). Additional free or low-cost optional trips may be organised from time to time

 

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

 

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Teaching Spaces
    Teaching Spaces

    Leeds Beckett University has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums and conference facilities.

  • 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.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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