M.A. Human Rights

Master Human Rights

Application for the academic year 2022/23 is open until 30 June 2022. Please click here for more information.


The M.A. Human Rights was developed as a postgraduate degree for applicants who already possess a first university degree as well as vocational and practice related experience in relevant subjects. With its international and interdisciplinary orientation, it draws applicants from all over the world., especially those who work in international organizations and NGOs, in public administrations (including international, EU, federal, state and communal levels), in political consulting, in the press and media, in lobbies and special interest groups, as well as specialized law firms, businesses, and research. A special feature of the course is the fact that it also welcomes applicants who so far have only worked as volunteers or vocationally in the field of human rights, to gain a qualification for working in the field in a more comprehensive way. Therefore, applicants whose main vocation lies in a different field but who have experience in the field of human rights outside of their work will also be accepted.

The degree M.A. Human Rights is offered as a full-time course with 90 ECTS credits over 3 semesters (begin is always the winter semester). The first semester consists of three mandatory modules covering the Philosophy of Human Rights, Human Rights Politics and Human Rights Law. The second semester includes one interdisciplinary mandatory module, addressing the topic of non-discrimination from the perspectives of philosophy, political science, and jurisprudence. Additionally, students can choose four modules out of eight modules offered (each seminar includes an exam, paper, etc.), covering different topics from the field of Human Rights. The third semester is supposed to be used for the writing of the master thesis.

Detailed information about the program, the application process, and the lecturers can be found on the program’s website.


Juridicum FAU Erlangen. (Bild: FAU/David Hartfiel)