MSc/PgD/PgC Citizenship and Human Rights

Created by GCU in partnership with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, this first-of-its-kind, work-based programme will empower you to promote the principles of human rights. Unlock your potential, as well as that of your organisation, and contribute to practical and positive change in your community.

Designed for professionals and volunteers in the voluntary and public sectors, our MSc Citizenship and Human Rights allows you to engage meaningfully with issues of citizenship, justice and globalisation – and learn how to lead the way to greater equality, social responsibility and a more participative democracy.

This programme also offers a reward for work you may already be doing (often unrecognised as being about citizenship and human rights) and accredits your skills and knowledge.

Accessible, applied and portable, this blended-learning (primarily online) programme will open new doors to a career that truly serves the common good, with opportunities to network and grow your understanding of diverse viewpoints within your workplace and beyond.

You'll take a holistic approach and learn to apply academic theory to practical outcomes – leading to better social inclusion, higher productivity, happier employees and clients and lower churn (turnover). Through the shared beliefs of the open and diverse GCU community, we'll help you build the confidence and ability to bring citizenship and human rights to the centre of your community, work and life.

Graduate prospects

Our graduates adopt leadership roles in a variety of fields – helping promote and develop a culture of rights, social justice and equality across industries and sectors in the UK and abroad.

With GCU's reputation for academic excellence, including our top 5% world ranking and international network in teaching and research – you'll have the tools you need to advance your career and change the world around you.

Globalisation and Migration

Through study of the globalisation of the labour market you will gain a unique insight into political and economic fluctuations, and patterns of legal and illegal human traffic worldwide. You will also learn to identify migratory patterns and their impact on diversity and community.

Leadership, Equality and Social Responsibility

Reflects upon changes within society, within which there are fewer resources and more people striving to overcome barriers such as bureaucracy, financial limitations and discrimination. Discussion over the source of new leadership who recognise the value of civic and social responsibility will take place.

Human Rights

Examines international human rights; who is right and what constitutes as a valid claim to rights? Debates over prisoner rights to vote, detention camps, asylum seeker issues and mistreatment of elderly people in care homes, amongst other topics will be discussed.

Citizenship and Practice

Promotion of rights, equality and citizenship lie at the heart of many voluntary organisations and NGO's. This module, examines individuals participating within their communities to help strengthen civil society and democracy to promote justice.

Masters Dissertation

The dissertation provides the most exciting opportunity to focus on the area of your work that most interests you and to turn it into an extended mediation that will benefit your clients and their communities.

The sequence of the modules will be dependent on a number of factors including student numbers.


Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) comprises 60 credits, a Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) comprises 120 credits and a Masters (MSc) comprises 180 credits.

  • 2018/19


Mode of study


Start date



Part Time
1 - 3 Years
Sep 2018
GCU Glasgow
Part Time
1 - 3 Years
May 2019
GCU Glasgow
Part Time
1 - 3 Years
21 Jan 2019
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc/PgD/PgC Part Time 1 - 3 Years Sep 2018 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc/PgD/PgC Part Time 1 - 3 Years May 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Part Time 1 - 3 Years 21 Jan 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Typical Entry Requirements

UK Honours degree or equivalent

English Language

Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Additional Information

This programme is open to students who are eligible to be in employment, full time, part time, paid or a sustained voluntary position within a broad field of human rights or social justice, you will need to identify a work based mentor someone in your place or work or volunteering to support you in your learning.

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

Visa Information

Applicants who require a Tier 4 Student visa are not eligible for this part-time course. Please see our full-time listing.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Additional costs

There are no additional costs for this programme.


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

View our Postgraduate scholarships.

Part time: one to three years (flexible startdates in September, January or May).

The programme is delivered in a blended learning mode, that is, through distance learning on the universitys Virtual Learning Environment, GCU Learn, in combination with face to face seminars at GCUs city campus two or three times a year.

Work Based Learning generally describes learning while a person is employed. The learning is usually based on the needs of the individual's career and employer, and leads to nationally recognised qualifications.

In order to participate in the programme you must be aware of the following:

  • You need to be in full-time or part-time employment, to be self motivated and be capable of independent learning.
  • You need to be able to access and use a computer, for example, to receive University e-correspondence and to word process your assignments and projects for assessment.