Postgraduate Certificate in Human Rights

Interested in human rights? Take the first step in developing your critical thinking, problem-solving, advocacy and communication skills in this field.

In as little as one semester, 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.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Human Rights is also great if you’re currently working in law, regulatory agencies, human rights or education.

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Minimum entry requirements

  • Must have completed a bachelor’s degree

An interview may be required.

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 need to successfully complete 60 points from courses in the Master of Human Rights. You should discuss your course choice and intended study sequence with the programme leader before enrolling in courses.

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

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:
0.5 years full-time / part-time available
City Campus
2025 start date TBC

Key semester dates
$5,303 (for 60 points)
($4,730 tuition fees + $573 student services levy)
$18,973 (for 60 points)
($18,400 tuition fees + $573 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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