Postgraduate Diploma in Human Rights

Follow your passion for human rights, and develop your critical thinking, problem-solving, advocacy and communication skills in the human rights field.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Human Rights can open up opportunities in international human rights organisations, government, policy agencies, human rights institutions and national NGOs in New Zealand and overseas.

This interdisciplinary programme 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 120 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:
1 year full-time / part-time available
City Campus
13 Jan 2025
Full-time study starts on 13 January 2025. 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)
$38,046 (for 120 points)
($36,900 tuition fees + $1146 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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