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Erasmus Mundus Master's Programme in Human Rights Policy and Practice

Master's programme | 120 credits | Sustainability related
Autumn 2020
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Comments: Please note that the entrance requirements has changed according to what was initially stated.
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About the Programme

The Erasmus Mundus Master’s Programme in Human Rights Policy and Practice has studies in Sweden, England, and Spain and brings together legal, sociological, political, and practical perspectives. Students are supported from the classroom to the job market, preparing you for human rights work in civil society organizations, governments, the public sector, and business. 

One programme—three universities

The programme is organized by a consortium of three partner universities: Roehampton University, London, UK; University of Deusto, Bilbao/San Sebastian, Spain; and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden (lead partner).

The first semester in Sweden lays the foundation for the programme by introducing human rights as an interdisciplinary field. The second semester in Spain prepares you to produce and access quality human rights knowledge and evidence and examines the relativism of cultural and ethnic diversities. The third semester in the UK gives you the opportunity to practise what you’ve learned through an internship at a human rights organization in London and through the Professional Seminar Series. The fourth semester consists of writing your master’s thesis.

Immersive learning and joint teaching

The programme’s curriculum structure is guided by four central strands, highly pertinent to study and work in the field of human rights: human rights theory; research; practice; and professionalization. They offer a uniquely joint approach to teaching and learning as you build your skills, knowledge, and practical experience, and prepare yourself to be a confident professional in human rights.

Your studies includes lectures, group teaching, seminars, and field visits.

Preparing you for professional work in human rights

Our programme has an enhanced focus on employability and professionalization. Particular attention is paid to endow you with a range of core skills for employment, such as report writing, project management, campaign creation, and public speaking.

Furthermore, the Professional Seminar Series will give you additional opportunities to practise what you learn. Associate Partners from academia and the public, corporate, and third sectors are involved in the design and delivery of the seminars, and in organizing study visits throughout the programme. Lastly, there is an internship possibility with a human rights organization in London.

Who Should Apply?

Do you want to gain critical knowledge of human rights as an interdisciplinary academic discipline in three diverse countries?

Are you interested in how human rights can be interpreted from different academic disciplines?

Do you want to broaden your skillset and deepen your understanding in the field of human rights?

If you think this profile reflects your interests and ambition, then apply for this unique programme.

After Graduation

Graduates receive a joint degree Master of Science in Human Rights Policy and Practice.

You will be prepared to:

  • work professionally  with the protection, promotion, and implementation of human rights in a global context;
  • use analytical skills and expertise in human rights perspectives, contexts, organizations, policy-making, and practice;
  • apply these skills to different cases and environments;
  • and develop human rights-based policies, programmes, and projects.

Many of our alumni work for nongovernmental organizations such as Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, and Save the Children, in various UN agencies, and as lawyers, researchers, and teachers.

NOTE: Students who need to apply for a Tier 4 study visa to attend the semester in Roehampton need to meet the requirements established by UK Visas and Immigration: Read more about the entry requirements on the University of Roehampton website:

All students pay fees. Citizenship outside the European Union - Application fee: 900 SEK, Full programme cost: 194 651 SEK, First payment: 48 663 SEK. Citizenship within the European Union - Full programme cost: 97 326 SEK, First payment: 24 332 SEK.

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: A first degree equivalent to 180 credits or 180 ECTS from an internationally recognised university or college in line with national legislation in all three partner institutions. A minimum of two years practitioner experience in the field of human rights. Practitioner experience may include regular employments, internships and voluntary work. Students whose first language is not English, need to acquire a minimum English language qualification of English B/English 6 at upper secondary level or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent alternatives as stated in the call for applications each year by the University of Gothenburg.

Selection: The selection is based on your submitted academic competence, motivation letter and work experience/recommendation letters. Each part can be given a maximum of 100 points. The three parts are weighed to obtain a summarized value for each student. Academic competence is worth 40%, motivation letter is worth 20% and work experience and recommendation letters are worth 40%. Use assigned forms available on the University of Gothenburg website: Documents must be uploaded no later than January 15, 2020 on the University Admissions website:

Tuition Fee

Please contact the department.
EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance


Telephone:  +46 (0) 31-786 13 99 / +46 (0) 31-786 4310

Telephone hours: Tuesdays 14:00-16:00, Thursdays 10:00-12:00


School of Global Studies
Box 700
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Konstepidemins väg 2

Programme that is sustainability-focused where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the programme content meets one of the current sustainability criteria. The content with a focus on sustainability must also, in accordance with the criteria, constitute the programme's main focus

Programme that is sustainability-related where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the programme content meets one of the current sustainability criteria.

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