MA in Human Rights Law

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA in Human Rights Law

SOAS University of London

MA in Human Rights Law

Duration: One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Minimum Entry Requirements: Upper second class honours preferably in a related discipline

Start of programme: September intake only

The MA in Human Rights Law allows students to study human rights law, its application and relevance to a broad range of areas and legal issues, including Islamic law, Chinese law, gender, international law, conflict and labour law. All SOAS modules are designed not only to introduce students to the general fields of law, but also to provide an understanding of how generic legal structures and processes may operate in non-Western social and cultural settings. All teachers on modules offered at SOAS are experts in their designated field. Many have years of experience advising governments, international organisations or non-governmental organisation, and many also have been or continue to be legal practitioners.


To facilitate the study of law, all MA students are required to attend a two-week Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning and Legal Methods in the September before beginning the MA programme.

Every student will be required to take modules equivalent to four (4.0) full units including the dissertation. Students who wish to graduate with a specialised MA are required to take at least two (2.0) of the three (3.0) taught units within their chosen specialism. The third unit can be chosen from either the general Law Postgraduate Modules List or the following courses associated with the Human Rights specialisation:

Please note: Not all modules listed will be available every year. Please see the individual module page for information.

Full Module Units (1.0)

  • Feminist Legal Theory - 15PLAC155 (1 Unit)
  • Human Rights and Islamic Law - 15PLAC150 (1 Unit)
  • Human Rights in the Developing World – 15PLAC111 (1 Unit)
  • Human Rights of Women - 15PLAC112 (1 Unit)
  • International Human Rights Clinic - 15PLAC145 (1 Unit)
  • International Labour Law and Equality Rights - 15PLAC169 (1 Unit)
  • International Protection of Human Rights - 15PLAC119 (1 Unit)
  • Justice, Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Post Conflict Societies - 15PLAC123 (1 Unit)
  • Law, Human Rights and Peace-building: The Israeli-Palestinian case - 15PLAC133 (1 Unit)

Half Module Units (0.5)

  • Foundations of Comparative Law - 15PLAH031 (0.5 Unit)
  • Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law - 15PGNH005 (0.5 Unit)
  • International Criminal Law - 15PLAH055 (0.5 Unit)
  • International Refugee and Migration Law - 15PLAH057 (0.5 Unit)
  • Law and Human Rights in China - 15PLAH054 (0.5 Unit)
  • Law and Post-Colonial Theory - 15PLAH050 (0.5 Unit)
  • Law, Rights and Society in Taiwan - 15PLAH058 (0.5 Unit)
  • Migration, Gender and the Law in South East Asia and Beyond - 15PLAH023 (0.5 Unit)
  • The Law of Armed Conflict - 15PLAH022 (0.5 Unit)

Dissertation (1.0)

  • Dissertation in Law - 15PLAC999 - (1 Unit)

A Student's Perspective

"SOAS is a unique British university, as it adopts a global view, but specialises in Asia, Africa and the Middle East: something it is very good at. This is evident in the passion and expertise of the teachers, the interests of the students and the many colourful exhibitions and cultural events regularly hosted here."

Nunons Tagoe-Borllons

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Last updated December 1, 2016
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