Applied Human Rights at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS

Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. This course is moving into one of our new buildings at City campus. Teaching will mainly be delivered at our Collegiate campus until December 2024 while we get our new facilities ready. From January 2025 you will study in brand new facilities at City campus. Course summary Acquire specialist expertise in the field of international or domestic human rights. Apply your skills by working alongside human rights practitioners throughout the course. Gain a deep understanding of human rights law, principles and policy while building on your existing qualifications. Enhance your employability and make the transition into a rewarding career. Study full or part-time and benefit from wide-ranging teaching methods. This postgraduate degree provides the grounding you need to enter human rights law and advances your existing degree. You'll cover the breadth of human rights theory and practice and graduate as a skilled, knowledgeable and employable practitioner. How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. This course is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of human rights, theory, policy, and practice – developing your practical skills in applying human rights knowledge in the real-world. The course is underpinned by a commitment to ethical and inclusive practice and is informed by ongoing research and industry practice. You’ll benefit from a variety of teaching methods, whether you’re studying full-time or part-time. You can also tailor your learning by choosing to complete either an applied project or a dissertation. Course topics This course offers you the opportunity to develop a deep understanding and practical skills in human rights. You'll delve into the foundational aspects of human rights – exploring emerging issues like gender equality, discrimination, refugee rights, environmental sustainability and climate justice. After examining the intersection of global health and human rights, you’ll apply your knowledge in your own project or dissertation. Our teaching philosophy prioritises active and collaborative learning – encouraging you to develop critical thinking skills and the ability to apply your knowledge to real-world situations. Applied learning This course offers you the opportunity to apply your learning in practical settings through a variety of case studies, live projects and industry links. We’ve established strong relationships with domestic and international human rights stakeholders – providing you with valuable networking opportunities and access to real-world experiences. Work placements You’ll have the opportunity to arrange a 6 months or 12 months placement in between your second and third years. This gives you valuable work experience to prepare you for your future career – and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV. Networking Opportunities You’ll have access to a network of key professionals, researchers and industry specialists – they all support learning and knowledge generation nationally and internationally. Through this network you can attend seminars, internal/external speaker programmes, and guest inputs – further enhancing your understanding of applied human rights in the real world. We believe our focus on applied learning is essential for preparing students for successful careers in the field of human rights. You’ll have access to the Helena Kennedy Centre’s Justice Hubs – collaborative spaces between staff, students and external networks which specialise in contemporary human rights and social justice issues.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. Important notice: The structure for this course is currently being reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment are all likely to change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course. Compulsory modules Dissertation Foundations Of Human Rights Human Rights And Legal Scholarship Human Rights In Times Of Global Crises: Protecting The Most Vulnerable Elective modules Contemporary Forced Migration And Refugee Rights Human Rights Advocacy Researching Human Rights

Assessment method

Coursework | Practical

Entry requirements

Typically a 2.2 honours degree or above in law or equivalent. If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more -

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS 6.5 score with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skill areas or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 or equivalent we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Our postgraduate fees vary depending on course, level and mode of study. Each postgraduate course page tells you how much the tuition fees are, and what additional costs you might have to budget for during your studies. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees for both full-time and part-time postgraduate study options.

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Applied Human Rights at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS