M.A. Human Rights and Genocide Studies

Collegium Civitas

Tuition fee:
  • € 9,100 / Year (EEA)
  • € 15,600 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015, 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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MA in Human Rights and Genocide Studies - European Joint Master's Program
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)

Students will spend the first semester of their studies either at Kingston University in London or at the European University-Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder). During the second semester they will study at any of the four universities, different from the one where they studied during the first semester. In the third semester, students will complete an internship and write their dissertation under the supervision of a professor from the chosen university.


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.

Modules at Collegium Civitas
Students who will decide to spend one semester of their studies at Collegium Civitas will be able to choose four modules or more from the following:

Human rights organizations
Legal problems of human rights
Holocaust and genocide
Truth and reconciliation
Holocaust memory and impact
International negotiations and responsibility to protect
Techniques of negotiation

These courses are thought by the most prominent scholars and practitioners including Marek Antoni Nowicki, former UNs international ombudsman for Kosovo; Dr Ryszard Zóltaniecki, former Ambassador of Poland to Greece and Cyprus; and Dr Maciej Kozlowski, former Ambassador of Poland to Israel.


* Successful completion of a degree with the relevant number of ECTS credits (180 or 240) (or the equivalent in the case of applicants outside of the EU) in a programme of study in an area appropriate to the content of the Master's (normally a good second class honours first degree or its equivalent).
* In some cases, by agreement of all the partners, relevant non-certificated learning or an appropriate combination of certificated and non-certificated learning and relevant work experience may be admitted.
* A high degree of motivation to participate in the programme, evidenced in the application statement and, where appropriate, in a formal interview.
* References from two different institutions or enterprises.
* Where a candidate's first language is not English, advanced English language competence in the form of appropriate certificated learning [IELTS requirement of 6.5] or equivalent must be demonstrated.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 510
TOEFL iBT® test: 70


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