Human Rights Studies in Politics, Law and Society (MA)

At a glance

Study programme
Human Rights Studies in Politics, Law and Society (MA)
Social and Cultural Sciences
Cooperating departments: Social Work
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Type of programme
Campus-based programme
Standard Duration
4 semesters
Admission Capacity
Start of study programme
Winter semester
Admission Restriction
Restricted entry based on numerus clausus (NC) system
Admission Requirements
First degree in social sciences, cultural sciences, communication, the humanities or law, or related subjects
Language of instructions
German and English

mit englischsprachigem Anteil (etwa 30 Prozent)

Language Requirements
Good English language skills, certified according to standardised test formats such as TOEFL ibt (79) or pbT (550), IELTS (550), UNICERT III or CAE/CPE. Applicants whose native language is not German must also have DSH-1 (B.2)-level language skills.
Application Deadline
15 July
External Partners
During field excursions and the integrated work placement, students come into contact with various areas of professional practice.
Specific Features
Some courses are taught in English (around 30 percent). Around 30 percent of places are offered to international applicants.

What Is This Programme About?

The Master's programme in Human Rights Studies in Politics, Law and Society aims to prepare graduates with a first degree in the social and cultural sciences, communication and law a special interest in human rights for a career as an expert for human rights issues. Students will acquire skills in social science methods, legal argumentation, as well as regional and cultural variants of the concretisation of human rights and the meaning of human rights.

Why Choose This Programme?

The Master's degree in Human Rights Studies in Politics, Law and Society is particularly suited to students with a first degree in social sciences, political sciences, communication, law, philosophy and/or similar subjects who are interested in an interdisciplinary graduate programme that examines different approaches to issues relating to human rights development. Openness to the different disciplines, an interest in political issues, a strong academic motivation as well as sound English language skills are requirements for admission to this programme. Thirty percent of places will be offered to international students.

How is the programme structured?

The Master's programme comprises ten modules that are spread over four semesters. During the first two semesters, students are introduced to the history and theoretical principles of human rights and human rights codifications as well as methods in social science and legal argumentation skills. Communication and a common understanding of human rights are other subjects taught in the first year of study before students undertake an xx-week work placement in an organisation involved with human rights issues. In the third semester, students can choose between three specialisation modules, each with a focus on work, business and diversity, migration or communication. In the fourth semester, a Master’s thesis is written on a research subject developed during the programme or relating to the work placement.

Where does it lead?

The Master's programme qualifies graduates for roles in political foundations and think-tanks, with national, international and European governmental and non-governmental organisations, in the media and public relations, in the secretariats and committees of human rights conventions, as well as in the area of human relations in international corporations, organisations and educational institutions.
The Master's degree can also prepare students for a doctoral programme with the Doctoral Research Group Social Human Rights, which is run jointly with Kassel University, and with the Doctoral Research Centre Specialising in Globalisation, European Integration and Interculturality at Fulda University of Applied Sciences.

Need help?

Subject-related advice

Prof. Dr.

Matthias Klemm

Sociology with a focus on Work, Organisation and Interculturality

Building 22 , Room 201
Prof. Dr.Matthias Klemm+49 661 9640-4594
Consultation hours
Thursday 11.00-12.00 am

General advice

Tim Feldermann

Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB)

Student advisory service • Advisory service for people with professional qualifications

Building 10 , Room 214
Tim Feldermann+49 661 9640-1432
Consultation hours
Without registration: Tue and Wed 9.30 am – 11.30 am, With registration: Thu 9.30 am – 3 pm
Office hours
Mon to Thu 9 am – 12 pm and 2 pm – 3 pm, Fri 8.30 am – 12 pm