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.

Start date: 2020

Minimum entry requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum of a B grade average or higher in papers 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.

Papers 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

Career opportunities for graduates include human rights work in:

  • Government
  • Policy agencies
  • National human rights institutions
  • International and national NGOs
Quick facts
Programme code:
AK1023
Level:
9
Points:
180
Duration:
1 year full-time
Campus:
City Campus
Starts:

18 Feb 2020

Fees:
Domestic
$8,540
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points of this 180-point programme in 2019. The exact tuition fee will depend on papers selected and may exceed this figure.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, the tuition fee may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
International
$48,180
  • This represents the full 2019 tuition fee for this 180-point programme.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, the tuition fee may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • 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.

Scholarships at AUT

Kaden Wilson
Emily Griffin
Tenisha Kumar

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