Master’s Program in Human Rights and Democracy

The program begins in the autumn of 2021. 

This 120 ECTS credits program provides students with a deeper insight into how questions of human rights and democracy are addressed within fields like law, philosophy, history and the social sciences. The program allows students to develop transferable skills such as project planning and evaluation; problem-solving and research methodology; professional writing and oral presentation. Through such insights and skill-sets, students are equipped to pursue successful careers in public administration, international affairs, as well as in private companies and NGOs. Those who successfully complete the course are also eligible to apply for doctoral studies.

The program provides:

  • in-depth knowledge of the concept of human rights and democracy, as well as legal and social contexts in which such ideas are used;
  • insight into how questions of human rights and democracy are addressed within the law, social science, philosophy and history;
  • proficiency in the perspectives and working-methods that inform research and reporting in the fields of human rights and democracy;
  • advanced skills in communicating orally and in writing with academic, as well as non-academic audiences.

Structure of the program (120 ECTS credits)

Semester 1 (These four courses can also be applied for as freestanding courses)

  • 5MR436 Human Rights and Democracy as Ideas in History, 7,5 ECTS credits
  • 5MR437 Human Rights and Democracy in Legal Perspective, 7,5 ECTS credits
  • 5MR438 Human Rights and Democracy in Politics and Practice, 7,5 ECTS credits
  • 5MR439 Human Rights and Democracy Clinic, Part I, 7,5 ECTS credits

Semester 2

  • Human Rights and Democracy Clinic, Part II, 15 ECTS credits
  • Current issues in Human Rights and Democracy, 15 ECTS credits

Semester 3

  • Researching Human Rights and Democracy, 15 ECTS credits
  • Graduate Seminar in Current Research on Human Rights and Democracy, 15 ECTS credits

Semester 4

  • Study abroad and internship
    During the master’s program, you have the opportunity to choose to study a semester abroad. This means that you can study courses of 30 ECTS credits at another university abroad, which will be included in your master’s degree.

    Internship is not included in the master’s program, but as a student at University College Stockholm, you can apply for the internship course after completing a master’s degree.

Entry requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in human rights studies or another related field in social or political science, law or the humanities. Students with undergraduate degrees in the natural sciences, engineering or medicine may also be admitted subject to their ability to demonstrate a proficiency in human rights, for instance through professional or voluntary work or activity.
  • If English is not the applicant’s native language, his or her language proficiency is to be demonstrated by e.g. IELTS test, TOEFL test, Cambridge/Oxford test, a Bachelor’s degree from a study program taught entirely in English, or a passing grade in English 6 from Swedish upper secondary school.
  • The applicant must submit a CV, as well as a letter of intent (ca 700 words) describing his or her academic and professional qualifications, academic and professional aspirations and reasons for applying to the program. The letter of intent should also include a description of the applicant’s experience in academic writing, such as previous student theses.

The selection is based on an assessment of the applicants’ suitability and expected ability to benefit from the program.

Duration: 2 years (120 ECTS credits)

Application: Application deadline: 15 April 2021. Application round opens on 15 March 2021. Apply via

Program director: Linde Lindkvist, PhD, Dean and Senior lecturer in human rights studies.

Study advisor: Tijana Todorovic,