Master of Human Rights

Make a difference with AUT's Master of Human Rights, and turn your passion for human rights issues into a career. Unique in New Zealand, the programme attracts students from diverse backgrounds and professions - from business and law to the social sciences, communications and emergency services.

This interdisciplinary programme can open up opportunities in international human rights organisations, government, policy agencies, human rights institutions and national NGOs in New Zealand and overseas. It’s also great if you’re currently working in law, regulatory agencies, human rights or education.

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Minimum entry requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum of a B grade average or higher in courses at level 7 or equivalent

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher; or equivalent

English language requirements

You develop a sound understanding of advocacy, treaty body reporting, human rights campaigning and media strategies – key skills if you want to work in a human rights organisation. You become familiar with the global context and New Zealand’s progress in human rights, human rights communication and advocacy, methods of human rights investigation, policy development and analysis.

To complete this programme you attend a series of block courses, delivered by international experts.

Courses you study

Applied research project

At the heart of the programme is the applied research project. In 2016, Master of Human Rights students focused on the issue of youth homelessness, drawing on their diverse skillsets to create a documentary highlighting the harsh realities of homeless youth. On Our Doorstep: A Voice for Homeless Youth has since screened at a number of film festivals as well as the New Zealand Housing Conference.

In 2017, Master of Human Rights students explored the topic of extending suffrage to under 18-year-olds.

Teaching staff on the Master of Human Rights

Career opportunities for graduates include human rights work in:

  • Government
  • Policy agencies
  • National human rights institutions
  • International and national NGOs
Quick facts
Programme code:
1 year full-time / part-time available
City Campus
13 Jan 2025
Full-time study starts on 13 January. There are various dates throughout the year to start part-time study. Block course delivery.

Key semester dates
$10,607 (for 120 points)
($9,461 tuition fees + $1146 student services levy)
$57,069 (for 180 points)
($55,350 tuition fees + $1719 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.


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