Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: University of London

Understanding and Securing Human Rights (Latin America pathway) (Taught)

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Course summary

The Human Rights Consortium, in collaboration with the Institute of Latin American Studies, offers a specialist pathway through the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights which enables students to focus their studies on the human rights concerns – past, present and future – of Latin America. In order to pass the MA, students need to have achieved a total of 90 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits. ECTS credits are recognised across the European Union. The degree comprises four compulsory modules (including the dissertation), and three optional modules. Students wishing to undertake an internship can do so at any point during the academic year. Students who wish to obtain an extra 20 ECTS credits for this component (extra credit only) must complete the equivalent of 25 working days to pass this module and must submit a 1000-word assessment of their placement experience.

Course details


Required Modules: The Politics of Human Rights in Latin America [10 ECTS]; Citizenship and New Social Movements in Latin America [10 ECTS]; Human Rights and Everyday Life in Latin America [10 ECTS]; Dissertation [30 ECTS]. Optional Modules: Understanding Human Rights I: Ideas and Contexts [10 ECTS]; Securing Human Rights I: Actors and Mechanisms, Skills and Strategies [10 ECTS]; Translating Human Rights into Law I: The Foundations of International Human Rights Law [10 ECTS]; Understanding Human Rights II: Genocide, Gross Human Rights Violations and Reconciliation [10 ECTS]; Securing Human Rights II: Securing Human Rights in Development and in Conflict [10 ECTS]; Translating Human Rights into Law II: Topics in International Human Rights Law [10 ECTS]; Researching Human Rights: Social Research Methods [10 ECTS]; Business and Human Rights [10 ECTS]; Indigenous Peoples, Minorities and Human Rights [10 ECTS]

Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement is a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree from a university in the UK, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard (for example a Grade Point Average [GPA] of 3.0 or higher). We are happy to consider applications from candidates who do not meet the formal academic requirements, but who offer alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience. All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence (gained in the last two years) that their written and spoken English language is adequate for postgraduate study. This requirement is specified in order to ensure that the academic progress of students is not hindered by language difficulties and that students are able to integrate socially while studying and living in the UK.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8525 Whole course
England £8525 Whole course
Northern Ireland £8525 Whole course
Scotland £8525 Whole course
Wales £8525 Whole course
International £15115 Whole course

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Funding opportunities include: The James Manor Bursary; The Routledge/Round Table Studentship; The Yusuf Ali Scholarship; SAS Masters Studentships; and the SAS Coffin Fund for Promising Students.

Understanding and Securing Human Rights (Latin America pathway) at Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London - UCAS