Freestanding courses in Human Rights and Democracy

NOTE! Freestanding courses can only be applied to by Swedish citizens and citizens of EU/EEA and Switzerland.

The free standing courses on advanced level are part of the program structure of the Master’s Program in Human Rights and Democracy. If the student decides to study the whole program, the credits from the free standing courses will be transferred.

The courses are for you who seek to gain advanced knowledge and skills in interdisciplinary human rights studies, with a specialization in the relationship between human rights and democracy. The extent of a course is 7,5 ECTS and runs either full- or part time.

Program director: Johanna Ohlsson, Lecturer, Dean of the Department of Human Rights and Democracy.
Director of studies: Tijana Berselius,

List of the courses

NOTE! To access the complete description of the course content, search for the course in the COURSE CATALOGUE.

The courses that run part time are taught simultaneously and together compose full-time studies. To search for the course in the course catalogue use the code that starts with 5MR or write the full name of the course.

Fall term

5MR436Human Rights and Democracy as Ideas in History, 7,5 credits, 100 %
5MR437Human Rights and Democracy in Legal Perspective, 7,5 credits, 100%
5MR438Human Rights and Democracy in Politics and Practice, 7,5 credits, 50%
5MR439Human Rights and Democracy Clinic, Part I, 7,5 credits, 50%

Internship course

5MR392Internship, human rights 30 credits (100%)

During the fall term the Internship course is offered as a free standing course. Read more about the course (information in Swedish).

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the free standing courses the applicant must have 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 programme taught entirely in English, or a passing grade in English 6/English B from Swedish upper secondary school.

Selection: Higher education credits

How to apply

All applications to the University College Stockholm go through the Swedish National Admissions Portal,

Submit your application during the admission round between 15th March to 15th April.

Keep yourself updated about Important dates for a successful application.

Notification of selection results

After the deadline has passed, your application will undergo a selection procedure. The selection is based on the selection criteria stated on each course page. Selection procedures can vary depending on the course (read the selections criteria of each course in the Course catalogue). Your chances of being admitted depends on if you meet the criteria’s, how well you compete with the other applicants and the number of places available on the course.

For information on available places, please contact the director of studies.

Remember to accept or decline your offer

When you have received your admissions offer, it is important to read the information and accept or decline before the deadline. At you can see your offers and reply to them.