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Human Rights & Conflict (MSc)

University of Dundee
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Program description

Human Rights & Conflict (MSc)

This course is firmly grounded in the disciplines of international relations and international law. You will learn about the key theoretical approaches from these disciplines, consider the practical and ethical issues and frameworks, and apply them to a range of cases.

You'll analyse the dynamics of human rights abuses in the context of violent conflict – both domestic and international. Areas you will cover include:

  • International criminal justice mechanisms
  • Transitional justice
  • Humanitarianism
  • Research methods

You will develop key research skills which provide a foundation for academic work and also for work in a variety of institutional settings.

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Admission requirements

Entry Requirements

A first or upper second class degree or an equivalent qualification in politics/international relations or law. Consideration will also be given to individuals from other academic backgrounds where a clear connection between prior learning or future goals and the MSc is made. Further, consideration may be given to those with significant relevant practical experience where formal qualifications may fall slightly below required standards.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Level 5

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Public International Law
  • Human Rights in International Relations
  • Human Rights and Conflict: Responding to War and Mass Atrocities
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules

You need to choose one or more of these modules as part of your course.

  • The European Energy Union in the International Energy Transition
  • Just Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy
  • Law and Policy of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and Technology
  • International Relations and Energy and Natural Resources
  • The Political Economy of Climate Change and Environment
  • Principles of Sustainability
  • Research Training and Project Planning
  • International Criminal Justice
  • Transnational Crime and Counter Terrorism
  • Global Human Rights
  • UN Human Rights Law
  • International Relations Theory
  • Middle East and Terrorism
  • Russian Politics and Security
  • International Security of Drugs and Organised Crime
  • Addressing Communal Conflict

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


You will learn about the international legal, political, and philosophical approaches to human rights. You will also study the potential responses to protect individuals from human rights abuses in conflict, including the use of force.

Career opportunities

This course will prepare you for a variety of job opportunities, including:

  • Non-governmental organisations
  • International governmental organisations (such as the United Nations or European Union)
  • Foreign ministries
  • The private sector

You could also go on to further postgraduate study, such as a PhD, with a view to a full-time career in academia or research.

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