M.A. Human Rights and Genocide Studies in Collegium Civitas

Collegium Civitas

Tuition fee:
  • € 5,300 / Year (EEA)
  • € 12,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 18 months
Partnership: Joint
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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In recent years there has been a growing academic and practical interest in human rights and in a separate but related issue of genocide, with an increasing concern with how genocide might be prevented or halted. The European Master of Arts in Human Rights and Genocide Studies Program is concerned directly with these major themes of our time. This Program is a unique inter-disciplinary MA degree program, the first of its kind in Europe. It is taught in 4 universities:

* Collegium Civitas, Warsaw (Poland)
* European University-Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder) (Germany)
* Kingston University, London (UK)
* Siena University, Siena (Italy)


The program is divided into 7 streams and each stream is further divided into modules (courses). Whereas same streams are taught at all participating universities, the particular modules vary. This is to ensure that all students will receive the same quality education in Human Rights and Genocide Studies, while being able to deepen their interests and choose from a wide selection of modules provided by the participating institutions.

The first semester

Stream 1: Human Rights Legal and Institutional Frameworks
Stream 2: Case Studies in Genocide and Mass Violence
Stream 3: Research Methods
Stream 4: Responses to Mass Atrocities Legal Measures, Peacekeeping and Reconciliation

The second semester

Stream 1: Human Rights Legal and Institutional Frameworks (cont.)
Stream 2: Case Studies in Genocide and Mass Violence (cont.)
Stream 4: Responses to Mass Atrocities Legal Measures, Peacekeeping and Reconciliation (cont.)
Stream 5: Humanitarian Intervention Legal and Institutional Protection

The third semester

Stream 6: Internship
Stream 7: Dissertation

The consortium universities have secured internship placements for all students in various national and international agencies and organizations. Nevertheless, each student may individually arrange her/his internship (upon approval of the Program Director).

Students will choose a supervisor for their dissertation from any of the participating universities, according to their research field. Students may also be able to choose a supervisor from one of the associated universities.


What you need to apply for this courseOne or more of the following:

* a second class degree or above or equivalent; and/or
* relevant non-certified learning or work experience

We particularly welcome applications from people working in human rights organisations.

InterviewsWe normally invite all applicants who fulfil, or are likely to fulfil, the admissions requirements for an interview with the course director or another senior member of the teaching team. International students based overseas can arrange for an interview by email or telephone.

Prior learning - AP(E)LApplicants with prior qualifications and learning may be exempt from appropriate parts of a course in accordance with the University's policy for the assessment of prior learning and prior experiential learning.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5



MA in Human Rights and Genocide Studies - European Joint Master's Program


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