Human Rights Studies in Politics, Law and Society

Master of Arts (M.A.)

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Prof. Dr.

Matthias Klemm

Building 22, Room 201
Prof. Dr.Matthias Klemm+49 661 9640-4594
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What is this programme about?

The Department of Social and Cultural Sciences introduced a new Master's programme in the winter semester 2018/2019: Human Rights Studies in Politics, Law and Society.

This new study programme addresses graduates in the social sciences, cultural sciences, communication, law or philosophy with a special interest in human rights. The Master's degree in Human Rights Studies in Politics, Law and Society qualifies graduates for a professional career as an expert in human rights issues.

Students acquire skills in the fields of social science methods, legal argumentation, as well as regional and cultural variants of the concretization of human rights and the meaning of human rights.

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  • The master’s programme Human Rights in Politics, Law and Society is intended for graduates 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 covers different approaches to the development of human rights. Openness to the various disciplines, an interest in political issues, a high study motivation as well as solid English language skills are required qualifications for entering this programme.
  • 30% of the student intake shall be international students.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social, Cultural or Political Sciences, Economics and Business Studies, Law, Philosophy or Social Work
  • Good English language skills, proven in listening, reading and writing. Possible test formats are TOEFL ibT (79), TOEFL pbT or itp (550), IELTS (6.5) or CAE/CPE
  • Good German language skills, proven in listening, reading and writing. Possible test formats are DSH (DSH-1), TestDaF (3-3-3-3) or Goethe Institut Certificates (B2)

Objectives of the study programme

The master’s programme Human Rights Studies in Politics, Law and Society aims to prepare graduates with a strong interest in human rights and a first degree in social, cultural and/or political sciences as well as communication, law, philosophy and/or social work for a career as an expert for human rights issues.

In this interdisciplinary and social science based programme, students critically study and analyse the historical and current institutionalisation and implementation of human rights in the fields of law, politics and civil society. Students get to know approaches from the social and political sciences as well as from the laws, methods of the social sciences and also learn to consider aspects of interculturality and gender. In addition, students analyse the national, regional and global development of human rights from a legal, political and sociological perspective. Furthermore, students learn to identify and critically examine the developmental dynamics of society, politics and law which are influenced by the implementation and codifications of human rights. The political levels and social institutions are also relevant topics for the students. Additionally, students learn to conduct human rights focused research independently using methods from the social sciences, to present developments in human rights with undergirding facts and figures and to negotiate in intercultural settings.


For the master’s programme Human Rights Studies in Politics, Law and Society please apply online before July 15.

For entry into the programme, the following documents are required:

  1. Proof of a successfully completed university degree in the social sciences, political sciences, cultural studies, communication sciences, economics and business studies, philosophy, law or social work within the area of application of the Higher Education Framework Act or from a university abroad that is deemed to be equivalent
  2. Proof that you have good German and English language skills (with standardised tests such as DSH, TestDaF, TOEFL, IELTS); please ask for the level that is required in your case. DSH and TOEFL itp can be taken at the Language Centre
  3. Letter of application in German or English stating your reasons for choosing the degree programme and outlining your professional ambitions (maximum of two pages).

Application portal for German and EU applicants:

Application portal for applicants from non-EU countries:



Study schedule

The master’s programme comprises ten modules that are spread over four semesters. During the first two semesters, historical and theoretical foundations in the study of human rights and human rights codifications are taught, as well as social science methods, and legal argumentation skills. Communication and common understanding on human rights are further topics of the first study year before the students undertake an internship of 10 weeks in an organization that is relevant for questions on human rights. In the third semester, students can chose two out of three specializing modules, e.g. with a focus on work, business, diversity, migration or communication. Students write their master’s thesis during the fourth semester on a research topic that is to be discussed with two supervisors.

Study programme

The binding rules for admission, exams and modules are defined by the examination regulations, the so-called "Prüfungsordnung", which also contains the module descriptions.


Semester fees
Current semester fees are approxímately €300 (for the Student Services, AStA, public transport ticket and administrative expenses) must be paid each semester. 

Cost of living
You will need around €700-800 a month to cover rent, food, health insurance, materials etc. The exact amount, of course, depends on your personal lifestyle.

No tuition fees
The study programme is financed by the state of Hesse. Students are not required to pay tuition fees. If you have more questions about the cost of studying and living in Fulda, please contact the department or the International Office.


What career opportunities do I have after graduation?

The master’s programme qualifies graduates for jobs at political foundations and think tanks, at national, international and European government and non-government organisations, in media and Public Relations, in the secretariats and committees of the human rights conventions, as well as in the area of human relations in international corporations, organisations, education institutions etc.

Furthermore, the programme can also serve as preparation for entry into a PhD programme at the Graduate Centre in Social Sciences with a focus on Globalisation, European Integration and Interculturality at Fulda University of Applied Sciences.


Questions about Human Rights in Politics, Law and Society? Please contact us!

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Prof. Dr. Matthias Klemm by email to: matthias.klemm(at) Or plan a visit of our campus and ask for an appointment.

Programme start in October 2020

The programme starts on the 12th of October with an introductory week.





14 April 17 April
FÄLLT AUS! - Lernstrategien und wie kann ich diese für mein Studium nutzen

Workshop für Studierende in den ersten 3 Semestern des Studium zur Verbesserung von Lernstrategien

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25 April
FÄLLT AUS! - Erste-Hilfe-Training (inkl.Sportverletzungen)

Um die Ausbildung von Übungsleiterinnen und Übungsleitern zu optimieren, bietet der Hochschulsport in Kooperation mit dem DRK Fulda ein Erste-Hilfe-Training inklusive Sportverletzungen an.

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04 May 05 May
"Das Lehrportfolio für die Karriereentwicklung nutzen – Die eigenen (Lehr-)Kompetenzen strategisch dokumentieren"

Der Workshop kann auf das Zertifikat "Professionelle Lehrkompetenz für die Hochschullehre" angerechnet werden.

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09 May
FÄLLT AUS! - Faszinierendes Faszientraining

Lassen Sie sich in Theorie und Praxis vom menschlichen Fasziensystem faszinieren.

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20 June
Mobility Workshop

Workshop mit theoretischen und praktischen Inhalten zur Verbesserung von Beweglichkeit und Körperwahrnehmung

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