Kingston University London

Course Introduction

The course looks at how far human rights are enshrined in definitions of citizenship and to what extent they form the basis of national and international law. In addition it explores the extent to which human rights are enshrined in and supported by a deeper politics and culture, by institutions, structures, movements and values. It deals with political developments in the UK, in Europe and internationally. Students look at nation'states, international and transnational organisations, but also at campaigning movements and pressure groups. This involves both the study of the current international situation and of relations between states and non'state actors where conflicts have resulted in considerable violations of human rights. It also looks at the challenges and demands that have resulted from the continual and growing movements of people, refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

Course Modules

Modules include: Applied research and work placement; applied research project; dissertation; human rights: architectures, actors, activism; strategies for achieving human rights. Optional modules: conflict theory and resolution; contemporary issues and case studies in security and conflict; environmental politics: movements and ideas; from state to global politics; international political economy; nationalism and modernity; political communication, advocacy and campaigning; terrorism, political violence and human rights; the theory and practice of international relations; critical perspectives on politics; genocide and crimes against humanity; globalisation in an age of US hegemony; starry eyed and laughing: music, film and politics.

Course Additional Entry

A 2nd Class degree or above or equivalent; relevant non'certified learning; or work experience; applicants whose 1st language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £12,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £5,300  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £6,250  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £2,650  Academic year. First year home fees