Understanding and Securing Human Rights (Latin America Pathway) (Taught) Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London


Awarded by: University of London

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.

  • Qualification


  • Study mode


  • Location

    Institute of Latin American Studies

  • Start date

    September 2018

  • Duration

    36 months

Course details


Required modules: The politics of human rights in Latin America; citizenship and new social movements in Latin America; human rights and everyday life in Latin America; dissertation.

Optional modules: Understanding human rights 1: ideas and contexts; securing human rights 1: actors and mechanisms, skills and strategies ; translating human rights into law 1: the foundations of international human rights law; understanding human rights 2: genocide, gross human rights violations and reconciliation; securing human rights 2: securing human rights in development and in conflict; translating human rights into law 2: topics in international human rights law; researching human rights: social research methods; business and human rights; indigenous peoples, minorities and human rights.

Assessment method

The MA is assessed through essays and seen examinations and through work similar to that produced by professionals in the human rights field, including legal reports, a media project and a mock funding proposal. Class participation also forms an element of the MA assessment.

Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement would be a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree from a recognised university in the UK, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard (for example a grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher).

We will 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, or whose first language is English but are not a national of the UK, Ireland or a majority English-speaking country as defined by the UK Home Office, must be able to provide suitable evidence that their level of English language is adequate for postgraduate study.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £3,120 Year 1
England £3,120 Year 1
Northern Ireland £3,120 Year 1
Scotland £3,120 Year 1
Wales £3,120 Year 1

Additional fee information

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