Human Rights, M.A.

About

No philosophical idea has had a more profound impact on international relations and worldpolitics than human rights. Within half a century since World War II and the Holocaust, human rights developed into the only universally accepted value systemof our times. The recognition of states as democratic, developed and peace-loving nations today depends on their capacity and willingness to protect human rights.

Long-term dictators and brutal military rulers are increasingly being ousted and held accountable for gross and systematic violations of human rights before international criminal tribunals. Even business corporations and international organisations are judged by their human rights performance.

In post-conflict situations and transitions from totalitarian to democratic rule, human rights constitute an essential element of peace-building, development and good governance. Human rights open the doors to a better world for all.

The implementation of human rights in rich and poor countries, in peace operations, development projects, transition and post-conflict situations requires highly motivated and skilled human rights experts with empathy for human beings.

With our newly designed Master of Arts in Human Rights the University of Vienna offers you the unique opportunity to study human rights in an international, trans-disciplinary and practice-oriented environment.

Aims and objectives

We aim at providing you with the scientific knowledge and the practical skills to work as a human rights expert in different professional environments.

Target group

We welcome students with at least a bachelor degree in a broad variety of academic disciplines from all world regions, with an open mind, empathy for human beings and a strong interest to experience the fascinating world of human rights.

Our philosophy

As equal members of the interdisciplinary Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights, staff and students of the University of Vienna we welcome all academic disciplines and all cultures.

We are dedicated to supporting and maintaining a community in which the universal principles of human rights are shared through the common enterprise of intellectual curiosity and research as well as of the translation of the acquired knowledge into action for the betterment of the human rights situation.

Spirit and Culture of the Master of Arts in Human Rights

We strive for a sense of community in which the individual growth of all members is advanced through the cultivation of mutual respect, tolerance, and understanding.

The Master of Arts in Human Rights values and encourages individuality while also affirming the community dimensions of academic life. Our human rights community shall provide a structure within which individual freedoms may flourish without threatening the freedoms of other fellow students, teaching staff and the academic management team of this Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights.

The Master Programme is committed to honest, open, and equitable engagement with all, while respecting differences in religion, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, abilities and needs among others. We seek to promote an academic and social environment that in its diversity is integral to the educational purposes of the institution, by engaging in team building exercises, study trips and workshops while cultivating an open culture of communication.

Modules

We provide you with an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to human rights, with a strong emphasis on practice. Since we keep the number of students small, supervision is very personal so you get the most out of the programme. Your interests are taken very seriously - you have the opportunity to determine certain contents of your courses.

Faculty

We offer you a broad variety of courses taught by university professors and academic lecturers from various disciplines as well as human rights practitioners working in international organisations, human rights institutes, the corporate sector, development agencies and civil society organisations.

Field trip

We provide you with an enlightening and memorable field experience in the post-conflict situation in Kosovo, where the UN, the OSCE, the EU, NATO and other international organisations are jointly operating an international administration with a strong human rights mandate. The trip will last for one week where you stay with a local family and get the opportunity to have lively discussions about Kosovo's human rights issues with international actors, national human rights institutions, NGOs, media, universities and politicians.

Job opportunities

We will train you for a career as a human rights expert to be employed by governments, international organisations, development agencies, business corporations, research institutes and civil society organisations. You might work as an election observer, officer for human rights monitoring and capacity building in the field, diplomat, trainer, mediator, consultant, researcher etc.

Accreditation


Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Introduction to Human Rights from an Interdisciplinary Perspective 
  • International and Regional Human Rights Systems  
  • Current Human Rights Issues from an Interdisciplinary Perspective  
  • Selected Human Rights and Human Rights of Specific Groups  
  • Practical Human Rights Skills 
  • Scientific Competence  
  • Internship Related Courses  
For more information, please check the programme website.

            Detailed Programme Facts

            English Language Requirements

            You only need to take one of these language tests:

            • Minimum required score: 6.5

              The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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            • Minimum required score (Grade A): 200

              The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

              Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

            • Minimum required score: 100

              The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

            Academic Requirements

            • Candidates must hold at least a bachelor degree (180 ECTS) of any discipline.
              Persons without any academic degree need to prove five years of working experience in a field related to human rights.
            • Excellent command of written and spoken English (detailed information available below)
            • Experience in the human rights field is not compulsory, but an asset

            **If you complete your degree after the application deadline you can still apply for the programme start in September 2017. However, please send us your most current transcripts and a confirmation of your university stating your expected graduation date.

            Work Experience

            Persons without any academic degree need to prove five years of working experience in a field related to human rights.
            • Experience in the human rights field is not compulsory, but an asset

            Tuition Fee Per Year

            • EUR 10300 International
            • EUR 10300 National


            Funding

            The Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights receives yearly financial support from our economic advisory board and the subsequent scholarships are subject to those contributions.

            For more information, please check the programme website.

            StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.