Master of Arts in Human Rights and Multi-level Governance


Program Description

Programme structure

1st year

  • International Law of Human Rights (9)
  • Human Rights and International Justice (6) or Human Rights Practice (6)
  • European Union Law and Human Rights (6) or Children’s Rights (Save the Children Chair) (6)
  • Human Rights in International Politics (6)
  • Theory and Practice of Multi-level Governance (6)
  • Women’s Human Rights (6) Refugee Human Rights Protection (6)
  • History of International Organisations (6)
  • Economics of Human Capital (6) or Economic Globalisation and Human Rights (6)
  • Elective courses (12)

2nd year

  • Culture, Society, and Human Rights (6) or Religions and Human Rights (6)
  • Social Research Methods (6)
  • Constitutional Development and Democratisation (6)
  • The Language of Advocacy (6)
  • Second language (6) (Advanced French Language, Advanced Spanish Language, Advanced German Language, Serbian-Croatian Language, Czech and Slovak Language, Slovenian Language, Russian Language, Portuguese-Brazilian Language).
  • Internship (9)
  • Dissertation (18)

Career opportunities

Graduates work as human rights officers, as researchers and policy planners in international, national and nongovernmental organisations, in the diplomatic service, in the public sector, in trade unions or political parties; as project managers and field officers of humanitarian aid; as journalists; as experts of social responsibility units and international relations departments within corporate organisations.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum three-year undergraduate degree (or equivalent) is required, with proven skills in Political Sciences, International Relations, Sociology and International Law
  • Minimum GPA equivalent to Italian 100/110

Entry requirements

English language: B2 level (CEFR) or equivalent

Student testimonials

The human rights programme at the University of Padova is a unique mix of theoretical and practical studies, which allows the students to follow a rich academic path. I was able to complete my compulsory internship at the university human rights centre, which gave me the opportunity to consolidate the knowledge and skills learnt in lessons in academic environment... These opportunities are not usually available in the UK, and the whole academic system in Padova is much more accommodating for different types of students - since I have worked throughout my time at university, I needed a flexible study plan, something that this degree course definitely provided.
(Rosemary Burnham, United Kingdom).

Before I started this course I got a law degree in Russia and I wanted to continue my studies in the field of human rights. Here in Padova I found a course that offers good professors and a high and good level of education. Compared to the Russian education system, here is more flexible, you are the owner of your own study process, you can manage your time, you can build your study plan (Alina Indi – Russia).

I was searching for something about human rights and international mechanism for the protection of human rights specially to apply this kind of tools to my reality, to my community, because I came from an indigenous community. One of the most impressive experience in this course was the Geneva trip during which I had the opportunity to meet the special rapporteur on indigenous rights who told me about his work and the main institutions working on this field. For me, it was a really important occasion to take contact and see people working on the field(Daqui Lema – Ecuador).

After my bachelor’s degree and few experiences I started to think that I need to know more about human rights and I looked around to find something that would be useful for this. I found it in Padova. The town is really student friendly and the environment is very dynamic and interesting. If you are interested in human rights and humanitarian work this is the best place to start your career and to learn because your colleagues are going to be the future next human rights officers (Mariano Rosini – Italy).

The Winter School in Nepal is the most impressive activity organised in the framework of this MA programme, because we have the chance to meet and to live with villagers, to work with professors in Nepal, to get to know the local contacts. I now own a deeper knowledge about human rights and international standard to protect human rights and I have more inspiration to really think about the future career and I believe I can go further with it (Lê Thùy Dung – Vietnam).

As you live in a multicultural condition during the MA programme you need to be prepared and to exchange and express your ideas. Ultimately, we had good professors and classmates, they were always kind and tolerant so I enjoyed studying with them (Juafei Xu – China).

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

The University of Padova is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning; it is a multi-disciplinary university that aims to provide its students with both professional training and a ... Read More

The University of Padova is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning; it is a multi-disciplinary university that aims to provide its students with both professional training and a solid cultural background. A qualification from the University of Padova is a symbol of having achieved an ambitious objective, one that is recognised and coveted by both students and employers alike. Read less