International Human Rights Law - MA

Human rights and international law have always been at the heart of teaching and scholarly work at Regent's for many years. This innovative postgraduate programme, developed in collaboration with the renowned human rights barrister, Geoffrey Robertson, QC, of Doughty Street Chambers, examines some of the key challenges in the field of International Human Rights.


You will be introduced to a range of topics in the field including, a history of human rights law, international relations, humanitarian intervention, free speech, prohibition of torture and inhumane treatment and international criminal law, with all theory supplemented by cutting edge research and case studies.

Why should I choose this programme?

The issues covered within this programme have never been so pertinent and in demand. The programme will enable you to address some of the contemporary challenges faced in operational environments which aim to protect and promote human rights. The programme informs those already in professional practice or those aspiring to work in this field with the skills and knowledge and the ability to introduce changes that will improve human rights policies at an international, regional and domestic level.


This programme is unique in its close link with practising professionals and real life cases, allowing you to really explore and understand what’s happening in the world today. We have an exceptionally talented team of lecturers including:

  • Dr. Andraz Zidar, a seasoned international lawyer and former diplomat.
  • Dr. Jennifer Melvin, an expert on the Rwandan genocide and mass violence.
  • Dr. Sara Bazoobandi, an author on food security and Associate Fellow of Chatham House.
  • Dr. Mireille Hebing, an expert on migration and refugees.
  • Dr. Neven Andjelic, recently elected to the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.
  • Professor Yossi Mekelberg, expert and author on human rights issues ranging from right for self determination, gender, freedom of speech, refugees, collective punishment and house demolitions, rights of minorities and others. Professor Mekelberg has been a member of the London Committee of Human Rights Watch for the last 7 years and is regularly asked to write in international media about abuses of human rights.


In addition to our in house team, you will also benefit from listening to guest lectures from distinguished lawyers and barristers from Doughty Street Chambers on a range of topics. These are likely to include:

  • Geoffrey Robertson, QC
  • Kirsty Brimelow, QC
  • Professor Marc Weller
  • Graeme Hall
  • Edward Fitzgerald OBE, QC
  • Professor Geraldine Van Beuren, QC
  • Andrea Saccucci
  • Jen Robinson

Engaging with these distinguished professionals will really bring the subject to life and provide you with a deep and comprehensive understanding of human rights law.

Key skills, aims and objectives

You will gain:

  • A systematic and comprehensive knowledge of international human rights law
  • The ability to identify and critically evaluate contemporary issues relating to international human rights
  • An understanding of how theory relates to practice, with extensive use of current and relevant case studies
  • The ability to interpret principal source materials as well as understanding relevant concepts, cases, statutes and treaties
  • Exposure to world renowned human rights lawyers who will share their knowledge and experience of working on landmark cases in the field

Future opportunities

This programme will prepare you for a number of careers, in areas such as diplomacy, international relations, domestic and international legal practice, international charities, and non-governmental organisations, as well as practising professionals in law, journalism, politics and economics.

 

Length

This is a 1 year full time programme.

Additional information

This programme is currently subject to validation and programme content is being finalised.

Modules

Term 1

  • Introduction to International Human Rights Law
  • Legal Research Methods
  • Dignity and Integrity of the Human Person

Term 2

  • Freedom of Speech
  • International Law and International Relations
  • Theory, Policy and Practice of Humanitarian Intervention

Term 3

  • Individual Research Project and Dissertation

See module descriptions

Future start dates

16 September 2015

Fees

Fees 2015/16
Full tuition fee: £16,150
Registration fee: £250 (refundable)
Non-EU advance deposit: £750 (refundable)

» How to pay

Academic

We require successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.5 (out of 4.0) cumulative grade point average or its equivalent (e.g. 2:2 degree).

English requirements

PLEASE NOTE: Latest update regarding ETS & TOEFL testing – The Home Office has suspended all ETS tests, including TOEFL exams, as evidence of English language ability from new visa applicants.

Please see the Home Office website for further information: https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/changes-to-english-language-certification-for-visa-applications--3

Therefore, if you are relying on an ETS / TOEFL certificate for Visa purposes please be aware that you will now need to take an alternative English proficiency test.

We will continue to accept the following English language proficiency tests:

  • IELTS
  • PTE Academic
  • Cambridge Advanced
  • Regent’s University London on campus diagnostic test

If you have taken and submitted the TOEFL test as part of your admissions application, or have any questions in relation to the above, please do not hesitate to make contact with our Admissions team to seek further advice and support.

– 18/07/2014

 

For those applicants whose mother tongue is not English, we require a recent pass in any of the following qualifications:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, grade C
  • GCSE/IGCSE English, grade C (for non-EU IGCSE students, please provide along with the IGCSE certificate, the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • IB Diploma English A grade 4 or above HL or SL.  English B grade 5 at HL
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 6.5 (for non-EU students: a minimum score of 5.5 in each component)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of  90 (internet-based test) (TOEFL results not accepted post 17 April 2014 for non EU/UK students)
  • Pearson Test (PTE Academic) score of 61 (for non-EU Students: a minimum score of 51 in each component)

Please note that the above list is not exhaustive; for more information about other accepted English language qualifications, please contact us.

Please also note that you may be exempt from taking an English language test if the last three years of your full-time education have been taught completely in English.

Students who require an international student visa to study in the UK and whose native language is not English, are also be required to meet specific grade requirements and conditions of study as stipulated by the UK Border Agency (UKBA). Please check their website for current information: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

On-campus diagnostic test

If you live in London, or are able to visit us, we can offer you a free English diagnostic test. 

This test is offered through Regent's Institute of Languages & Culture and should be arranged in advance. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only. For more information, or to arrange a test, please contact us: exrel@regents.ac.uk

How to apply

Applying to study at RUL is a quick and easy process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

Please complete an application form. You can apply in the following ways:

Once you have completed the application form, you should send us the following supporting documents; these can be sent to us via email/post/fax: 

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from the accredited university that awarded your Bachelor’s degree
  • Two letters of reference, one of which must be academic. The second can be academic, professional or personal (although it cannot be from a family member or a peer)
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen course and how you feel you will benefit from the course of study
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • One recent passport-sized, colour photograph, jpeg format (this must be emailed to us at admit@regents.ac.uk)
  • A CV outlining your professional experience
  • If not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Step 2 Making an offer

We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and will make you an offer by both email and post, or notify you that you have been unsuccessful.

If you have completed your education and have met all the entry requirements, you will be sent an unconditional offer. If you still have to finish your exams, or have yet to submit supporting documentation, you will be issued a conditional offer.

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

Step 3 Accepting the offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must:

  • Confirm your acceptance via email/post/telephone/in person
  • Pay the refundable registration fee
  • Pay the refundable non-EU advance tuition fee deposit (if applicable)

Please note, while there is no formal deadline to pay your registration fee or non-EU advance deposit, if you need to apply for an international student visa to study in the UK, then we recommend that you pay these as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 Full acceptance and visa

On receipt of your acceptance we will issue the final set of documentation and, where needed, the relevant visa support documentation. To find out if you need a student visa please consult the section titled ‘Studying in the United Kingdom’ on the UK Border Agency website: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk (please note it is your own responsibility to arrange the appropriate visa). 

Transfer of credits

Transfer applicants must complete their applications by submitting all of the supporting documentation listed above. If you wish to have transfer credit assessed, you should provide us with official university transcripts before your proposed start date.

Once we have received your complete application, and if you have been accepted for admission, we will advise you on the number of credits you will be able to transfer towards your degree.

Scholarships available

US Financial Aid

Direct subsidised and unsubsidised loans for US citizens, as well as Direct PLUS loans for eligible US citizens and Green card holders administered by the US Department of Education (USED) for all eligible degree programmes offered at Regent’s University London.

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Fulbright Commission All-Disciplines (Open) Postgraduate Award

Awards to US citizens for the first year of Master's or PhD study in any subject, or to conduct a period of independent research, covers the first year's tuition and a living stipend.

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Regent's Progress Fund for Alumni

We are delighted when our Alumni decide to return to study on a postgraduate programme. To demonstrate our support for you as a progressing student and acknowledge your academic achievements to date, we are pleased to offer progression scholarships from September 2014 onwards.

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Study methods

You will be taught by internationally diverse academics and practitioners with vast experience in academia and outside it.

The programme puts strong emphasis on experiential learning, with outside activity complementing the work in class.

 

Students with disabilities

Some of our courses encourage trips outside of the campus. If you have a condition that affects your mobility you are advised to contact the Disability Officer.

Enquire about programme

Regent’s University London has no connection with Regent University of Virginia USA

 

 

Last updated: 24 April 2015

 

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Key information

Name
International Human Rights Law
Qualification
MA
Level
Postgraduate
Accreditation
UK
UCAS Code
School
Regent's American College London
Mode
Full time
Length
12 - 14 months
Fees
£16,150 *
Scholarships
Yes
Next start date
16 September 2015 *
Study abroad
Yes
Validation
Subject to validation

* See the admissions tab for further details on fees, scholarships and future start dates

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