MSc Citizenship and Human Rights

Carry out your vision, engage issues of citizenship, justice and globalisation - lead as a social change-maker in the promotion of equitable solutions, social responsibility and participative democracy - Make human rights happen!

Meeting global needs for graduates, Glasgow Caledonian University offers you a practical work-based masters degree, focused upon the inviolability of Human Rights Principles. Designed to be completed alongside your current role, we are committed to developing your skills and providing the rights-based tools to do so, for the practicable implementation of human rights law through the MSc Citizenship and Human Rights.

By engaging with human rights law constructively and from a critical positioning, this programme serves your work in the formulation of policy regulations and practical solutions, as well as providing best practices to those of you on the ground. Recognising and supporting skills required for field-based human rights work, this masters degree in human rights provides you the knowledge for the preparation of policy briefs, legal documents and necessary steps for advocating for reform, whilst providing practicable and academic learning from the Judiciary, the medical fraternity, trade unions and independent journalists/correspondents. Accessible from anywhere in the world, the masters' MSc programme degree offers you, as a professional, a combination of cafe-style online forums and face-to-face curriculum. Bringing you together with a niche, yet diverse student community, interacting, sharing approaches and discussing theoretical application with tutors and sector leads, together we gain insight into comparative approaches, contexts and practices across sectors. We help build leadership, confidence and ability, so you can make human rights happen!

Your masters' experience is enhanced by online access to live guest speakers from well-known and reputed human rights practitioners, as well as exclusive access to video archives of previous guest lectures such as Professor Allan Miller, former head of the Scottish Human Rights Commission. You will have our academic tutors available for one-to-one student support and free access to a practitioner-based summer school, to which overseas and scholarship students will have free access (one summer school per three-year period), as a core part of the programme, during which time you can engage with the other students and lecturers.

The programme additionally offers an annual Summer School, including a series expert-level guest lectures and practical components that will be available from July 2018.

Graduate prospects

The masters blended learning model is designed to ensure you benefit from a meaningful sharing and learning environment with students from around the world - from large cosmopolitan cities, to fieldworkers based in and around refugee camps, to nurses undertaking shift work, and roaming journalists crossing borders. Suited to those working in the implementation of human rights principles, from those working in the health and medical sector, media and journalism, lawyers, trade unions, teachers, international and domestic civil servants and to people working in and across sectors, the programme provides you an integrated post-graduate work-based learning experience.

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 for Equality

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.

Dissertation/Work based project

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.

Study Options

  • 2018/19

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Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

 

MSc
Part Time
1 - 3 Years
Nov 2018
GCU Glasgow
MSc
Part Time
1 - 3 Years
Jan 2019
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Part Time 1 - 3 Years Nov 2018 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Part Time 1 - 3 Years 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 2:2 honours degree or equivalent.

Each application will be considered on an individual basis giving attention to alternative qualifications, relevant work, research or volunteer experience.

There is no minimum work experience requirement for entry to this programme. However, work experience or volunteerism within human rights organisations, work or projects is a requirement, including ongoing human rights work or volunteering during the duration of the work-based component of the MSc. In addition, as a student you will need to be self-motivated and be capable of independent learning. And, be able to access and use a computer to receive University e-correspondence and to word process your assignments and projects for assessment.

English Language

Academic IELTS score of 7.0 (or equivalent with no element below 6.5)

Where you do not meet the prescribed English language proficiency requirements but believe that you can demonstrate the requisite proficiency for admission, the University may, at its discretion, consider the application.

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?

Tuition fees 2018/19

Home: £10,500

RUK: £10,500 (not including personal costs to travel to attend the summer school).

EU: £10,500 (not including personal costs to travel to attend the summer school).

International: £10,500 (not including personal costs to travel to attend the summer school).

Part-time and distance-learning fees can be paid annually or on a module by module basis.

View part-time and distance learning fees for 2019/20.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

Self-funded students will not have to pay entry fees to the Summer School, but will need to fund their own travel, accommodation and sustenance to attend.

Scholarship-funded students will have free entry to attend one Summer School in the three-year MSc study period, once in the Post-Graduate Diploma and for the Post-Graduate Certificate. Students must be available to travel to Glasgow at set times in the year and the ability to pay for their travel / accommodation.

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Scholarships

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.

Your masters experience is enhanced by online access to live guest speakers from well-known and reputed human rights practitioners, as well as exclusive access to video archives of previous guest lectures such as Professor Allan Miller, former head of the Scottish Human Rights Commission. You will have our academic tutors available for one-to-one student support and free access to a practitioner-based summer school, to which overseas and scholarship students will have free access (one summer school per three-year period), as a core part of the programme, during which time you can engage with the other students and lecturers.

The masters degree is a part time programme with a 3 year duration, start date options include August/September and January/February.

There is also the option to undertake a shorter programme of study via a one-year PG-Certificate or a two-year PG-Diploma. Either of which, upon successful completion, can potentially lead to eligibility for acceptance into the masters programme.

The programme is delivered in a blended learning mode, that is, through distance learning on the universitys Virtual Learning Environment, GCU Learn. Online caf?-style discussion forums provide room for you to engage with other students and lecturers, along with face-to face interactions in Glasgow (2-days for each of the four modules). And attendance of a summer school is compulsory to enable engagement and face-to-face with other students and the lecturers to discuss the dissertation.

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.

Assessment methods aim to test subject knowledge, independent thought and creativity. Methods include coursework assessments, caf?-style online forums and presentations.

Access to a computer with an internet connection is necessary to access the Glasgow Caledonian University MSc website and the MSc Student Portal is required. Whilst all lectures are available on the USB and the Student Portal, students will be required to attend online blended learning interactions. Through the Student Portal you can register as a student, enter assignments and use your programmes Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The VLE provides you with electronic learning materials, access to the Glasgow Caledonian University Online Library, networking opportunities, and other resources.

Glasgow Caledonian Universitys MSc Citizenship and Human Rights programme of learning has a reputable connection and association with noted human rights organisations, including but not limited to the Scottish Human Rights Commission and Alzheimers Scotland.