Máster en Derechos Humanos y Política Internacional - MSc

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    Máster en Derechos Humanos y Política Internacional - MSc

    El Máster en Derechos Humanos y Política Internacional le ofrece un análisis exhaustivo y académico de uno de los temas más importantes y apremiantes del mundo actual: el estado de los derechos humanos individuales en un sistema de relaciones internacionales en el cual los derechos de los estados siempre han sido la prioridad.

    • If you plan to pursue a career with non-governmental organisations, in related domestic, European and other global institutions, or in higher education, or want to learn more about human rights and international politics – this programme is designed for you.
    • This is the only MSc in human rights in Scotland. The degree is genuinely interdisciplinary in content and structure, and is designed to ensure that you will encounter both legal and political perspectives, unlike most other human rights programmes which are exclusively focused on law. You can choose to focus on one domain more than the other.
    • The MSc draws on recognised expertise in international institutions, security, gender, political philosophy, theories of rights, and ethics and normative theory, as well as a wide variety of country and regional expertise.
    • You will also benefit from the course offerings of the highly successful taught Master's course in International Relations, the new postgraduate taught programme in Global Security, and postgraduate teaching offered by the University's School of Law on topics including international law and human rights, globalisation, and international economic, environmental, and criminal law, as well as other subjects in the School of Social & Political Sciences and Centre for Development Studies.
    • You will have the opportunity to participate in a 5-day study trip to Geneva to visit the UN and non-governmental human rights organisations.
    • You will benefit from access to a number of organisations within and beyond the University, including the Glasgow Human Rights Network; The Glasgow Refugee, Asylum & Migration Network; The Glasgow Centre for International Development; and the annual International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.
    • If you wish to combine the study of this subject with additional advanced training in research methods, you should consider the closely-related MRes in Human Rights & International Politics .
    Programme overview
    • MSc: 12 months full-time
    • PgDip: 9 months part-time

    You will attend lectures, seminars and tutorials and take part in project and team work and an international study trip.

    Core courses
    • Critical perspectives on human rights (Politics)
    • Fundamentals of international law (Law)
    • Human rights and global politics (Politics)
    • Qualitative research methods OR Social science statistics
    Optional courses (two chosen, one from politics and one from law) Politics
    • Challenges in international politics
    • China's international politics
    • Chinese politics and society
    • Comparative European politics
    • Ethics in global politics
    • EU in international politics and development
    • Foreign policy of the United States 
    • Freedom of expression
    • Globalisation and European integration
    • Institutions and policies of the European Union
    • International relations theory
    • International security and global politics
    • Internet and civil society 
    • Media and democracy
    • Political institutions, crisis and communication
    • Political legitimacy: contemporary perspectives
    • Politics of gender in development.
    • British constitutionalism c1600-1800
    • Freedom, vecurity and justice in the European Union
    • Globalisation, constitutionalism and human rights
    • Law and democracy
    • United Nations law.  

    Note: Some courses might not be available every year. You may also be able to choose from courses in the other subjects in the School of Social & Political Sciences and the School of Law.


    The dissertation, written during the final phase of the programme, is your opportunity to explore your own specialist interest in human rights and international politics and to demonstrate the research and writing skills you have developed during the programme.
    Career prospects
    Career opportunities include positions in higher education, government/foreign ministry, intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organisations and think tanks.

    Entry Requirements

    The minimum entry requirements are an honours degree at the 2.1/upper second class level or higher or equivalent (e.g. B/3.0 GPA in the undergraduate degree) in politics, law or related social science subject.

    We will consider applications from graduates from other fields, but the applicant should submit a statement indicating why they are interested in changing fields or the connection to their previous study. We will also take relevant work experience into account.

    English language

    If your first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

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