International Politics and Human Rights MA

City University London
Course summary
1-2 years
9,000 GBP
Full time/part time

Course description

International Politics and Human Rights MA

International Politics and Human Rights MA - a City University degree programme

MA in International Politics and Human Rights studies the development of human rights, alteration of international politics and influence of current events on the same. On City's International Politics & Human Rights MA, you will study the development of human rights and the way they have altered international politics and how rights influence current events.

Students will get a theoretical and historical understanding of the human rights in contemporary politics. Probable careers for students graduating from this course are human rights organisations, NGOs, government agencies, international organisations, journalism and other fields requiring a critical understanding of international politics.

Suitability - Who should attend?

You should have a first or upper second class honours (or equivalent) degree in politics, the social sciences, humanities or law.However, we also welcome applications from those with substantial experience in human rights organisations, NGOs, social services, journalism and other related sectors.

Other Suitable Qualifications

Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma in Business, Law and Social Science. The course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.

If your first language is not English one of the following qualifications is also required:

  • IELTS: an overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 for each sub-test)

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for Postgraduate Study
  • Pre-sessional English

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study. /p>

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

The programme offers an MA in International Politics. The skills of International Politics graduates are of direct relevance to a wide range of professions:

  • Research,
  • Civil service,
  • Teaching,
  • Media communications,
  • Journalism,
  • International organisations,
  • Non-governmental organisations,
  • International finance and the private sector.

Training Course Content

The MA places human rights in the context of a constellation of changes in international politics in the 20th and 21st centuries, and you are introduced to the historical and political controversies that human rights generate:

  • Do human rights offer universal protections, or do they provide ideological cover for neo-imperialist powers?
  • Can human rights provide protection to individuals in a way that supersedes the nation-state, or do they serve the interests of powerful states?
  • Should human rights be concerned with the minimalist needs of security and subsistence, or should they aspire to grander visions of global justice?

You will complete six taught modules: three compulsory core modules and three electives. You will also take part in a dissertation workshop and produce a dissertation over the summer.

Core modules

  • Human rights and the transformation of world politics

This module provides you with an advanced overview of the theory, history and practice of human rights, with a focus on how the development of human rights has changed the nature of world politics in the 20th and 21st centuries. Specifically, you will look at the key intellectual advances and political events that have shaped the idea of universal human rights, while focusing on the way in which the meaning of human rights is contested and how the idea of human rights has been shaped by existing power structures. Through a detailed study of the theory, history and practice of human rights you will explore key controversies in the field and develop critical thinking and writing skills, as well as a detailed knowledge of the place of human rights in contemporary world politics.

  • Global ethics: principles, power and politics

International Politics raises distinctive ethical concerns - of violence, hospitality and solidarity across borders - and has been seen as different from domestic politics, such that it requires its own ethics. This module seeks to introduce you to the traditions of ethical thought in International Politics by looking at pressing issues faced in today's world. The course takes the transformation of world politics in the mid-20th century as a key moment in order to critically examine both the degree to which International Politics has become more ethical and the ways that our understanding of global ethics influences our practical responses to issues like the development of human rights, new practices of humanitarian intervention, global poverty, the development of international criminal law and the creation of new forms of transnational and supranational political authority. The module aims to balance philosophical reflection on the nature of global ethics with practical engagement in contemporary political events.

  • International Politics research workshop

This module will help you to develop a research proposal for your International Politics dissertation. You will examine issues related to the 'what' and 'how' of research: what kinds of questions can we ask and how should we pursue our research? You will also explore issues such as how to design a research project and examine the role of case studies, different methods of evidence collection (interviewing, archives, surveys), and the relationship between theory and the practice of research.

  • International Politics dissertation



  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Part-time EU: £5,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,000 per year

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