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Master of Arts in Human Rights                             

WHAT IS THE MASTER OF ARTS IN HUMAN RIGHTS?

The Master of Arts in Human Rights is a postgraduate degree programme in which students will study human rights in a multidisciplinary manner.  It is intended to equip them with innovative knowledge and skills in human rights. At the end of the programme, qualified students will be awarded the Master of Arts in Human Rights degree. The degree will prepare students for wide-ranging professional careers in the human rights profession. 

IS THIS THE RIGHT PROGRAMME FOR YOU?

Human rights is a wide-ranging field comprising a broad spectrum of activities.  The activities include advocacy, policy development and, research in social, political, economic, cultural and civil rights. The activities focus on alleviating human suffering, promoting and protecting human rights. The field overlaps with key issues of peace, security, development, law, humanitarian assistance and, economic and social affairs. 

       Career oppotunities

Masters graduates in human rights seek employment/promotion/advancement in diverse career professions such as human rights monitors, legal practice, human rights advisors, human rights reporters, social work, human rights researchers/lecturers, human rights project managers/coordinators/administrators, human rights counselors, grassroots/community organizers/advisors, among many others in governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia, civil society, religious and humanitarian organizations among others. [what our graduates say]

MINIMUM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Bachelors degree (Upper second class honours) , or,

  2.  Bachelors degree (Lower second class honours) plus a postgraduate diploma in a relevant field, or,

  3. Bachelors degree (Lower second class honours) with two years relevant post qualification experience, or,

  4. Pass degree and a postgraduate diploma, or,

  5. Pass degree with at least five years relevant post qualification experience.

MODE OF DELIVERY

There are two modes of delivery of the course:

1. In one mode(thesis option), students shall take eight (8) course units, a maximum of four every semester and upon completion of class work write a thesis.

2.  In the second mode (project option), students shall take twelve course units,  a maximum of four units every semester, and upon completion of class work undertake a research project. 

In other words:

[Thesis option: 8 course units, 4 every semester in 2 semesters (=8 months in total of class work; then you write a thesis].

[Project option: 12 course units, 4 every semester in 3 semesters (=12 months in total of class work; then you write a project]

See Course units here  [project equals 4 course units; thesis equals 8 course units

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR WRITING A THESIS OR A PROJECT

To write a thesis or project:

a) Students must have successfully completed their course work;

b) They must have written a research proposal and accepted by the Department (see Faculty guidelines on writting proposals)

 

INTAKES

There are three intakes to the Human Rights programme every year: January, May, and September. Semesters: January to April; May to August; September to December).

For now this course is available to self -sponsored students, Module II-Evening

Classes are held Monday (evening)  to saturday (day). For the specific lecture days, venues and hours,see the relevant  lecture time tables.

 

FEES

Students shall pay for sixteen (16) course units in total and administration fees.

Each course unit costs Ksh. thirteen thousands five hundred (Ksh.13, 500)

HOW DO YOU GET STARTED?

Complete the set of Application Forms available at the Board of Postgraduate Studies, University of Nairobi.  The Board will ask you to pay a non-refundable fee of Ksh. 3, 000/-  for Kenyans.  Full information about this payment is available from the Board.

Queries about the Course: Contact the Coordinator, or Departmental Secretary or Chairman PRS

Prepared by: Dr. JB Ndohvu

COORDINATOR

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