Human Rights and Multi-level Governance, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #140 (BCR) ,
The MA programme in Human Rights and Multi-level Governance at University of Padova is a contribution to developing a universal culture of human rights such as highlighted by Unesco and the United Nations. Accordingly, it has a strong policy- and action-oriented approach. 


The MA in Human Rights and Multi-level Governance from University of Padova aims at developing ad-hoc knowledge and skills to promote and fulfil human rights within the broader context of legal and political processes and multi-level policies. Human rights law, multi-level governance framework, and the concepts of “human development” and “human security” are the paradigm of reference throughout the course.

The multi-level approach makes it possible to combine international trends analysis and an in-depth study of local policies. The course's research and lecturing activities reflect the transnational and transcultural dimensions of human rights studies.

Courses, in English, are in seminar form and promote the active participation of students in class. Internships in qualified agencies, and supervised research are encouraged. The programme includes special modules with the participation of practitioners of European and international organisations and academic institution. The course encourages study experiences abroad financed under student mobility programmes and bilateral agreements. Up to five students of the Master's degree may obtain a double degree in international relations spending the second year of the course at the Polish University of Wroclaw.

The course promotes extra-curricular education opportunities in cooperation with the Human Rights Centre of the Padova University and other non-academic institutions and bodies. Such initiatives include a study trip to United Nations and European Human Rights bodies.

The Programme assists students to find suitable internship opportunities with qualified governmental and nongovernmental institutions, in Italy and abroad.

Occupational opportunities

The MA is aimed at training specialised operators for qualified positions in the field of multi-level governance connected to the implementation of human rights.

Job positions suitable for MA graduates are, among others: human rights officer in international organisations and agencies, in the diplomatic service, and in the local and national public sector; officer in ombudsperson and national institutions for human rights structures; expert staff in electoral observation and human rights monitoring missions; programme and field officer of humanitarian aid, democratic institution-building, and technical assistance units; expert staff in any governmental or non-governmental structure implementing public policies on human rights, equal opportunities, non-discrimination, women's and persons with disabilities' rights; project manager of non-governmental organisations' specialised units; expert staff of intercultural mediation agencies; officer in social and consumers' rights advocacy agencies; expert staff of ethical committees; expert personnel of social responsibility units and international relations departments of corporate organisations; journalist and expert in the media sector; staff in research and planning structures of trade unions, political parties, non-profit organisations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • International Law of Human Rights 
  • Human Rights and International Justice  or Microfinance for Social Change 
  • European Union Law and Human Rights or Children’s Rights (Save the Children Chair) 
  • Human Rights in International Politics 
  • Theory and Practice of Multi-level Governance 
  • Women’s Human Rights 
  • History of International Organisations 
  • Economics of Human Capital or Economic Globalisation and Human Rights
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                                    Detailed Programme Facts

                                    • Programme intensity Full-time
                                      • Full-time duration 24 months
                                    • Credits
                                      120 ECTS
                                    • Languages
                                      • English
                                    • Delivery mode
                                      On Campus

                                    English Language Requirements

                                    This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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                                    Academic Requirements

                                    Applicants are expected to hold a degree which ensures:

                                    • Competencies developed in the following disciplinary fields:

                                    - Interdisciplinary subjects: Area of Historical, philosophical, pedagogical and psychological sciences and/or Area of economic and statistical sciences

                                    - Law: Area of legal sciences

                                    - Socio-political studies: Area of political and social sciences

                                    • Linguistic proficiency: reasonable command of French, Spanish or German, in addition to a very good command of English
                                    • Academic attainment: a degree classification equivalent to at least 100/110 in the Italian system.

                                    Tuition Fee

                                    • International Applies to you

                                      2504 EUR/year
                                      Tuition Fee
                                      Based on the original amount of 2504 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                                    • EU/EEA Applies to you

                                      2504 EUR/year
                                      Tuition Fee
                                      Based on the original amount of 2504 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                                    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                                    The above amounts can be significantly waived (minimum fee: 561 euro/a.y.) based on your “Equivalent Economic Status Index – ISEE”.

                                    Living costs for Padova

                                    • 750 - 1100 EUR/month
                                      Living Costs

                                    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                                    The University of Padova, the Veneto Region and other organisations offer various scholarship schemes to support students. Below is a list of the funding opportunities that are most often used by international students in Padova.  

                                    • Padova International Excellence Scholarship Programme 
                                    • Regional Scholarships  
                                    • Galileian School of Higher Education Scholarships

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