Applied Human Rights at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS

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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

  • Develop a multidisciplinary understanding of contemporary issues in human rights and social justice.
  • Understand how human rights organisations work in practice.
  • Apply your skills by working alongside human rights practitioners throughout the course.
  • Take part in the work of the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice.
  • Enhance your employability and make the transition into a rewarding career.
This postgraduate degree provides the grounding you need to begin a fulfilling career advocating for and protecting others. You'll cover wide-ranging subjects and issues in human rights 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. The course provides a supportive learning experience that employs wide-ranging means to impart understanding of contemporary issues from gender violence and radicalisation to asylum and global security. Your skills will be applied through working with academics and practitioners and you are offered an opportunity to work with the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice. You learn through
  • lectures and seminars
  • a dissertation on specialist areas
  • teaching input from human rights organisations
  • human rights case studies from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, British Council, United Nations, Amnesty and Clarion Global
  • engagement with live projects, events and simulated cases
  • workshops
  • student presentations
Applied learning Work placements This course offers you the opportunity to take part in the work of the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice on a range of practical human rights projects, public events, case reviews, seminars and workshops. Live projects Throughout the course, you will engage with live projects that allow you knowledge and understanding of contemporary human rights cases and issues. You can also opt to take part in a project on human rights, rather than a dissertation. Networking opportunities As well as engaging regularly with human rights practitioners, specialists and organisations (past speakers include Shami Chakrabarti and Trevor Phillips) there will be ample opportunity for workplace networking, internships and involvement in planning events. You will also interact regularly with the research work of staff in the Human Rights and Social Justice and Social-Legal Research Clusters, as well as the Department of Law and Criminology.


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. Year 1 Compulsory modules Foundations Of Human Rights Elective modules Contemporary Forced Migration And Refugee Rights Human Rights Advocacy Rights In Action Year 2 Compulsory modules Human Rights In Times Of Global Crises: Protecting The Most Vulnerable Researching Human Rights Final year Compulsory modules Dissertation

Assessment method

Coursework | Practical

Entry requirements

Typically a 2.2 honours degree or above in human rights, law, social science, politics, international development or a related humanities disciplines. We also welcome those who have relevant professional experience and those who wish to apply the practical realisation of human rights within their professional field. 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

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5If 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 6.5 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

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Additional fee information

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Sponsorship information

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

Applied Human Rights at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS