Human Rights at Glasgow Caledonian University - UCAS

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Course summary

Available as a one-year master's or a master's with professional practice (two years). This course is a new and innovative master's to support and develop your knowledge of human rights policy, practice and the international human rights instruments. Our approach is applying social science knowledge and analytical approaches to secure the realisation of rights in practice in everyday settings - from public services to civil society organisations or roles in government and public administration. Across the modules you'll engage in learning, building your knowledge and analytical skills through exploring the global political and institutional contexts that inhibit and support the advancement of equality and the realisation of rights; the dynamism and activism of social movements for change, informed by perspectives on the elimination of discrimination, poverty and inequality through the realisation of economic, civil and political rights and citizenship. The MSc in Human Rights has been developed in line with GCU's mission to provide flexible, lifelong learning opportunities whatever your background or the stage of your life. The course reflects GCU's research themes of social innovation and public policy and social justice, equalities and communities and the institutional commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals. Social work and social policy research Seventy-five percent of the research environment and 74% of our research outputs in social work and social policy are rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2021). Our social work and social policy research are ranked seventh in Scotland (Times Higher Education). Find out more Graduate opportunities Studying this course can help you establish a career in areas such as public administration, policy analysis, research organisations and think tanks, or in consultancy, advocacy and analysis with domestic and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs). It also opens up the possibility of further academic research and study. The emphasis in the course is on 'making rights real', and that is reflected in the emphasis on developing your analytical skills through policy analysis, critical thinking, and your practical skills in communications, writing, advocacy, developing and implementing strategies and plans, underpinned with conceptual knowledge and knowledge of the relevant institutions and forms of governance. Through the specialist modules and the ethics, leadership and work-related modules, along with the placement elements of the course, we are aiming to support you develop your work-related and leadership skills. This master's course aims to help you achieve your future employment goals, as an advocate, analyst or changemaker in civil society organisations, different levels of government, or a range of research and analysis roles.


Transformative Social Science:Theorising In/Equality Realising Human Rights in Practice Poverty, Rights and Citizenship Ethics, Governance and Responsible Leadership Politics and Practice of Global Justice Social Movements and Activism for Change Public Policy Analysis: Evidence and Influence Applied Professional Practice Masters Research Project

Assessment method

Our aim is not to produce students who are "problem solvers", but rather to build your knowledge and develop your confidence applying that knowledge through discussion, investigation, and collaboration. This approach to learning, teaching, and assessment is evident across all modules, and in the mix of assessment methods, with their emphasis on critical engagement with theoretical and conceptual frameworks, exploring lived experience and the norms that shape the lived effects of policy and institutional responses to social, political and economic issues. The assessment strategy allows for the exploration of ideas, in-depth critical analysis, reflection on practice, and consideration of alternatives, as evidenced in the use of case studies, policy reviews and critical reviews. Assessments include groupwork on presentations and podcasts, essays, case studies and situated placements with practical activities and outcomes. The emphasis on applying knowledge and learning in practice in the course learning outcomes is reflected in the assessment strategy, with its emphasis on rights in practice and the application of conceptual knowledge and critical thinking to organisational practice and global/local political and institutional contexts. Assessments requiring you to take a detailed case-study approach to specific issues, engage in policy analysis, and analyse organisational and institutional responses are intended to drive you to reflect on current global issues and ‘real-world’ examples. Reflecting the character and content of the course to mainstream gender analysis, race equality, migration, and global perspectives, you'll be required through the assessment methods to consider policy approaches that impact positively and negatively on the advancement and realisation of human rights.

Entry requirements

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated. Minimum academic requirement UK honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in any subject area. English language requirement Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £7300 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7300 Year 1
England £7300 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7300 Year 1
Scotland £7300 Year 1
Wales £7300 Year 1
EU £16200 Year 1
International £16200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note, fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Sponsorship information

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of £2 million per year.

Human Rights at Glasgow Caledonian University - UCAS