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. A minimum of two year’s practitioner experience in the field of human rights. Practitioner experience may include regular employments, internships and voluntary work. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

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.