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Study Human Rights in four different countries

Erasmus Mundus Master's Programme in Human Rights Policy and Practice

Master’s programme
2 years
120 credits (ECTS)
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The Erasmus Mundus Master’s Programme in Human Rights Policy and Practice offers courses and opportunities for study in Sweden, Spain, England, and Norway and brings together legal, sociological, political, anthropological, and practical perspectives. Students are supported from the classroom to the job market, preparing you for human rights work in civil society organizations, governments, the public sector, and business. To apply, you should have a minimum of two years’ practitioner experience in the field of human rights.


Human rights is an interdisciplinary field and require an understanding of legal and political processes, globalization, social structures and civil society, methodologies needed to ensure reliable data, and the cultural and ethnic boundaries that challenge human rights implementation.

Learn more about the programme at the EMHRPP website.

Prerequisites and selection


A first degree equivalent to 180 credits or 180 ECTS from an internationally recognised university or college in line with national legislation in all three partner institutions.

A minimum of two years practitioner experience in the field of human rights. Practitioner experience may include regular employments, internships and voluntary work.

Students whose first language is not English, need to acquire a minimum English language qualification of English B/English 6 at upper secondary level or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent alternatives as stated in the call for applications each year by the University of Gothenburg.


The selection is based on your submitted academic competence, motivation letter and work  experience/recommendation letters. Each part can be given a maximum of 100 points. The three parts are weighed to obtain a summarized value for each student. Academic competence is worth 40%, motivation letter is worth 20% and work experience and recommendation letters are worth 40%. Use 
assigned forms available on the programme website

Documents must be uploaded on the University Admissions 

Deadlines are presented on the University 
Admissions website.

After graduation

Graduates receive the joint Degree of Master of Science in Human Rights Policy and Practice, issued by the University of Gothenburg.
After graduation, you will be prepared to:

  • work professionally and effectively with the protection, promotion, and implementation of human rights in a changing global context;
  • use analytical skills and expertise in human rights perspectives, contexts, organizations, policy-making, and practice;
  • evaluate and apply these skills to different cases and environments;
  • and develop human rights-based policies, programmes, and projects with professionalism.

Our alumni work for nongovernmental organizations such as Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, and Save the Children, in various UN agencies, and as lawyers, researchers, and teachers.