Human Rights and Global Ethics, MA, PGDip, 1-2 years, full- or part-time

This is for you if... you want to develop a deeper understanding of human rights in the world today and key ethical issues confronting the world.

Start date
September each year
Department
Politics and International Relations

Postgraduate Office, Politics and International Relations
+44 (0)116 252 2714
politicspg@le.ac.uk

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Course description

Course description

In today's world, human rights continue to go unprotected and disrespected, with situations of protracted conflict and displacement only the most visible example of a gap between the promise and reality of universal human rights. Even the idea of universal human rights continues to be hotly contested. This degree addresses challenges at both the practical and conceptual level. It also encourages you to appraise all aspects of international politics from the perspective of global ethics, which means considering the rights and wrongs of issues related to institutions, foreign policy and trade.

By taking this course you will gain a thorough grounding in key concepts and theories of human rights and global ethics. You will develop your knowledge of the different theoretical and policy perspective on a range of ethical issues. You will also study in depth the global political context of pressing ethical issues, which includes considerations of state behaviour and relations between states and non-state actors. You also have the option of taking specialist modules in International Human Rights Law as part of this course.

You will develop their research skills and pursue in-depth dissertation length studies in human rights and global ethics, benefitting from academic expertise in areas including intelligence, slavery, citizenship, refugees, animal rights, security, and war.

The degree will equip you with the competencies and skills to understand and participate in contemporary debates in human rights and global ethics and to analyse politics and international relations using a mixture of normative, theoretical and empirical tools.

You will gain knowledge and skills relevant to employment and career development in government, media, business, non-governmental organisations and any professional context in which cross-cultural sensitivity and ethical awareness are requirements.

What's the difference?

If you choose to do the PGDip you will complete four modules. To gain the full MA you need to take four modules plus complete a dissertation.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

2:1 degree or its equivalent in Politics, History, International Relations or other related subjects.

Equivalent relevant professional experience may be considered.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2018

  • £7,835

Starting in September 2019

  • Tuition fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible.

International Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2018

  • £15,405

Starting in September 2019

  • Tuition fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed

Applicants to this course who come from developing Commonwealth countries can apply for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Our postgraduate degrees are an excellent way to enhance your expertise and career prospects and provide a foundation for a wide range of career options. You may seek to use your knowledge to work in government service, international organisations or areas of political research and journalism. Or you may opt to look for employment in fields such as banking, business or teaching where your MA will be respected as a postgraduate qualification.

You may also want to consider further research after you graduate. Political Research graduates specialising in politics research find that the research skills the degree fosters are invaluable. They now occupy posts as lecturers, as research associates and as research assistants.

Students taking postgraduate degrees offered by Politics and International Relations at Leicester have gone into careers in the civil service, business, the law, the police, banking, journalism, management consultancy, librarianship and teaching. Others have gone on to doctoral research.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

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Our research

Our research

Course structure

Core modules

Core modules

Plus your dissertation.

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Option modules

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Why Leicester?

Our staff play leading roles in cutting-edge global research networks, actively advising and engaging with global policy communities, civil society, the media and public.

Our wide range of option modules provides you with the flexibility to tailor your course around your interests, and with the skills and knowledge to move into a variety of careers.

We conduct a range of specialist research, organised through three research clusters: Intelligence, Security and Strategic Studies; Parties, Participation and Public Opinion; and Global Ethics and Political Theory.

We host an exciting range of events, including research seminars with world-renowned speakers, ESRC sponsored seminar series and international conferences.

Teaching and learning

You will be taught by seminars. Throughout the programme, you will have access to a comprehensively resourced library and an established student support system. Each module lasts for one semester (11 weeks) and normally involves two hours of teaching per week. If you are studying full-time, you will complete four modules by the end of the second semester and, if you are progressing to the MA, you will submit your dissertation by the end of September.

You will be assessed through a combination of essays, seminar papers and (if you are completing the MA) your dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words.

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