Bachelor’s Program in Human Rights

Studying Bachelors Program in Human Rights is a stimulating and rewarding field of study that leads to a variety of careers.

Level: Undergraduate level, First cycle
Credits: 180 ECTS credits program
Length and time: 3-year full-time study, 100% (i.e. 40h a week, day time)
Place: Campus Bromma (the program is taught on-campus)
Language: Swedish
How to apply: Apply to the program during the period between 15 March – 15 April through
Application code: EHS-MRKAN
Program director: Johanna Ohlsson, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Head of Department of Human Rights and Democracy
Director of studies:

At University college Stockholm (UCS), Department of Human rights and Democracy, this interdisciplinary program introduces students to human rights as a philosophical, legal, social and political concept. The program includes possibilities for international exchange and concludes with a full semester in which students pursue an internship in a field relevant to human rights.

Eligibility requirements

  • General basic requirements for university studies. For a detailed description read more at (in Swedish),
  • Applicants can also qualify through academic grades and practical experience of working with human rights (apply with reell kompetens)
  • If the requirements for studies are met and the student submits a special application to the program, during the course of the program, the student may also be admitted to a later part of the program.

If you have studied freestanding courses at UCS and wish to apply to the Bachelors Program in Human Rights, you will be offered priority to the program, provided that the requirements for general eligibility are met.

Why study Bachelor’s in Human Rights at UCS?

The program is thematically structured and includes specific courses on, for instance, the rights of persons with disabilities, women’s rights, children’s rights, discrimination, migration and asylum, surveillance, religious freedom, as well as human rights and democracy. Through the program students are equipped with the tools they need to engage professionally with the some of the most challenging ethical, social and political issues of our times.

The program provides students with;

  • broad and in-depth knowledge of human rights as idea, legal framework and societal phenomena;
  • good ability to gather, analyze and present information on current issues relevant to human rights;
  • ability to work independently and professionally with a broad spectrum of human rights issues

Career after the program

Studying Bachelors’ program in Human Rights is a broad field of study covering many topics and is vast in terms of career option. If you are looking for a field of study with various career paths as well as possibilities to further academic studies, human rights is a perfect fit.

After the program, human rights professionals are found to work in international organizations (UN/EU), governmental agencies, social service organizations, non-governmental organizations, in the fields of law, businesses, media, in countries all over the world, and many more.

The education also serves as preparation for master’s studies in human rights and in a number of related fields within the humanities and social sciences.


The program leads to a Bachelors Degree in Human Rights. The Bachelors degree is obtained after the student has completed the course requirements for 180 higher education credits including a degree project on 15 higher education credits in the same subject and chosen profile.

Language of instruction

For the moment the program is only being offered in Swedish. The course is “5MR175 The Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Ethnic Minorities” is held in English as a part of the UCS international English-language semester with both Swedish and international students in the field of theology and human rights.

Structure of the program (180 ECTS)

The program includes six full-time (100%) semesters. Most courses are taught part-time, which means that two courses are given in parallel during the program. To read more about each course and access course literature, visit the COURSE CATALOGUE (the site is in Swedish).

Fall semester
5MR176 – Mänskliga rättigheter och filosofi, 7,5 hp (50%)
5MR172 – Mänskliga rättigheter och folkrättens grunder, 7,5 hp (50%)
5MR179 – Mänskliga rättigheter och demokrati, 7,5 hp (50%)
5MR178 – Funktionshinder och mänskliga rättigheter, 7,5 hp (50%)
Spring semester
5MR281 – Religions- och övertygelsefrihet, 7,5 hp (50%)
5MR290 – Kvinnor och mänskliga rättigheter, 7,5 hp (50%)
5MR284 – Barnets rättigheter, 7,5 hp (50%)
5MR175 – The Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Ethnic Minorities, 7,5 hp (50%)
Fall semester
5MR285 – Mänskliga rättigheter – en kritisk analys, 7,5 hp (50%)
5MR286 – Asyl- och flyktingrätt, 7,5 hp (50%)
5MR287 – Rasism och diskriminering, 7,5 hp (50%)
5MR288 – Klimatförändring och mänskliga rättigheter, 7,5 hp (50%)
Spring semester
5MR289 – Fred, konflikt och religion, 7,5 hp (50%)
5MR252 – Uppsatsarbete, 7,5 hp (50%)
5MR371 – Internationell humanitär rätt, 7,5 hp (50%)
5MR372 – Mänskliga rättigheter, teknologi och övervakning, 7,5 hp (50%)
Fall semester
5MR373 – Rättvisa som grund för mänskliga rättigheter, 7,5 hp (50%)
5MR347 – Metod, mänskliga rättigheter, kandidatnivå, 7,5 hp (50%)
5MR351 – Examensarbete för kandidatexamen, mänskliga rättigheter, 15 hp (100%)
Spring semester
Students may choose between the Internship course or to study 30 credits courses in the field of human rights, or other relevant field such as law, political science, theology, etc. You can read courses at another university in Sweden or abroad.

– 5MR392 Praktikkurs, mänskliga rättigheter, 30 hp (100%), or
– Courses of 30 credits


Swedish citizens, citizens within EU / EEA countries and Switzerland and you who have a residence permit in Sweden do not have to pay tuition fees. If you are a citizen of a country outside EU/EEA and Switzerland, you will probably be required to pay the fees. Read more about Fees and Finances.


The last semester of the Bachelors program consists of the Internship course 30 credits. The internship must cover 18-20 weeks and be unpaid. The internship must have a clear connection to human rights and can be done within international organizations, authorities, non-governmental organizations or companies, etc. You can also do your internship abroad.

Read more about internship HERE (text in Swedish)

More information in Swedish is available here