The Masters Programme in Governance and Human Rights is a two-year distance learning online and part-time on-campus international Masters programme. It is a professional M.A. degree taught in English, aiming at empowering students and young professionals to understand and reflect the theoretical meaning and practical application of Governance in and through Human Rights. It addresses young professionals with a university degree, first work experience and a project idea which they seek to realise.

Project-based Learning informed by Theory and Practice

The Master of Governance and Human Rights combines theory and practice. In seven modules, the students will learn to analyze and understand legal and political theories of governance and international and regional human rights regimes and how they are interrelated.

The students and scholars of the Master of Governance and Human Rights will design, plan, organize and realize their own project addressing a practical challenge related to good governance and human rights. Project-based learning is at the core of this programme. Students will learn to conceptualize and contribute to social change and acquire the design and communication skills to adapt theoretical approaches to governance and human rights to their professional working environment, e.g. as part of corporate social responsibility (CSR) or sustainable development policies. They will be taught and supervised by outstanding and renowned international human rights academics, practitioners and experienced project coaches.

Subject modules

F1 Introduction to Governance and Human Rights (10 CP)

F2 Human Rights and Governance: Norms and Principles (10 CP)

F3 Contemporary Challenges of Governance and Human Rights Application (5 CP)

F4 Human Rights Institutions, Mechanisms and Transitional Justice (10 CP)

F5 Research, Communication and Decision making Skills (5 CP)

F6 Programme Design (10 CP)

F7 Social Change: Campaigning, Social Media and Communication (10 CP)

P Projects in Governance and Human Rights related areas (10 CP)

Complementary studies

Society and Responsibility (5 CP)

Masters Thesis

Preparation Master Thesis/ supervision (15 cp)

Videos from the Masters Governance and Human Rights

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Keynote speeches during the first session

Contact & Advising