Human Rights Studies in Politics, Law and Society M.A.
This interdisciplinary master's programme addresses graduates in the social or cultural sciences, political science, economics, communication, law or philosophy with a special interest in human rights. The master's degree in Human Rights Studies in Politics, Law and Society qualifies graduates for a professional career as an expert in human rights issues.
Students acquire skills in the fields of social science methods, legal argumentation, as well as regional and cultural variants of the concretisation of human rights and the meaning of human rights.
- Bachelor’s degree in social, cultural or political sciences, economics and business studies, law, philosophy or a similar subject
- Good English language skills, proven in listening, reading and writing. Possible test formats are TOEFL ibT (79), TOEFL pbT or itp (550), IELTS (6.5) or CAE/CPE
- Good German language skills, proven in listening, reading and writing. Possible test formats are DSH (DSH-1), TestDaF (3-3-3-3) or Goethe Institut Certificates (B2)
- Letter of application in German or English explaining your reasons for choosing the programme and outlining your professional ambitions (no longer than two pages)
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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The master’s programme comprises ten modules that are spread over four semesters.
During the first two semesters, historical and theoretical foundations in the study of human rights and human rights codifications are taught, as well as social science methods, and legal argumentation skills. Communication on and common understandings of human rights are further topics of the first study year before the students undertake a mandatory internship of at least 10 weeks in an organisation that is relevant to human rights matters.
In the third semester, students can choose two out of three specialisation modules, focusing on business and labour, migration and (digital) communication.
Students write their master’s thesis during the fourth semester investigating a research question developed during their internship or prior studies.
Scholarships & funding
If you need help to fund your studies at Fulda University, there are a number of options to choose from. For more information, please check the university website.
There's no getting around it - money is an important issue for students these days. The first piece of good news for students at Fulda University is that there are usually no tuition fees at universities in Germany! Thanks to generous subsidies and support from the state, students from Germany and international students alike have access to higher education at a very low cost.
There is, however, a semester fee of around €300. This fee helps to cover the cost of student services and student government and pays for your Semester Ticket, which entitles you to free public transport in Fulda and the federal state of Hesse.
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
The master’s programme Human Rights Studies in Politics, Law and Society aims to prepare graduates with a strong interest in human rights and a first degree in social, cultural and/or political sciences as well as communication, economics, law and/or philosophy for a career as an expert in human rights issues.
The programme can also serve as preparation for entry into the PhD programme at the Doctoral Research Centre in Social Sciences with a focus on Globalisation, European Integration and Interculturality at Fulda University of Applied Sciences
The master’s programme qualifies graduates for jobs at political foundations and think tanks, at national, international and European governmental and non-governmental organisations, in media and Public Relations, in the secretariats and committees of the human rights conventions, as well as in the area of human relations in international corporations, organisations, education institutions etc.
About this institute
Fulda University of Applied Sciences
Fulda University of Applied Sciences is a practice-oriented university with an international profile that offers both traditional study programs, such as Business Administration, Applied Computer Science and Electrical Engineering as well as innovative degrees such as Renewable Energy, E-Health, Nutrition,...
Why study at Fulda University of Applied Sciences
- A wide range of options
- Applied sciences – combining theory and practice
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- From preparatory programme to doctorate
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- Historic city with a central location in Germany and Europe
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