Human Rights and DemocratisationMaster's degree

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      About the Master’s degree

      The European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA) is an intensive Master’s degree programme lasting one year. The language of instruction is English.


      Experienced professionals

      Joining the EMA means becoming part of large group of outstanding university lecturers, prestigious experts and representatives of international organisations.


      Multicultural context

      It involves studying in a multicultural context and in multiple locations: first, in Venice, where classes, seminars, moot courts, workshops and projects are held; then, in one of the 41 network universities where students do a research project.


      Post-conflict analysis

      In the EMA, the theory taught in class “comes alive” in a working trip to a country in a post-conflict situation. All of this in a human context where students, academic staff and personnel make contact and establish lasting work relationships.



      The EMA affords students the opportunity to obtain internship grants in international organisations and join the alumni association which opens doors to contacts, job and research offers. 

      • Campus:

        Bilbao Campus

        First of all, in Venice. Then, in one of the 41 network universities

      • Programme name:

        Human Rights and Democratisation

      • Duration/credits:

        1 year - 60 ECTS

      • Language


      • Number of places


      • Programme type

        On campus

      • Application process:

        Extraordinary admission: June 9 to 21

      • Additional information:

        Master’s Final Project: 21 ECTS

      • Faculty:

        Social and Human Sciences
      • Share:

      Syllabus and student profile

      Joint Programme

      In the EMA,geographical mobility is 100% starting with the first semester that is taught in Venice.

      During the first semester, students also have the chance to spend a week in Kosovo, where they will experience the human rights and democratisation scenario in a post-conflict country.

      During the second semester, students work on their research project at one of the 27 participating European universities. They are required to spend this time out of their home country. Destinations include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, United Kingdom.

      Further information:



      In addition to the academic institutions that form part of the network, the most prestigious allies of the EMA include the European Union, Italian national and local authorities, international human rights and democratisation institutions and non-governmental organisations.

      The EMA is financed by the European Union through the EIDHR, European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights. The programme is also backed by the Venice City Council and the Veneto Region. The EMA has alliances with the following organisations: UNESCO, UNDP, Venice Biennale, Council of Europe, OSCE, GTZ, CICR, Human Rights Watch, International Commission of Jurists, IRCT.


      Value added:

      There are several good Master’s programmes on human rights at the present time. The value added that makes the EMA distinctive is based on:

      • The wealth of perspectives offered by the network of member universities and associated institutions,
      • the broad experience of the 41 member universities, in curricula design as well as methodology and student selection and assessment,
      • a European cultural approach to human rights thanks to the intensive learning focusand shared experiences during the programme,
      • cooperation and solidarity in the alumni network.

      Student profile

      The EMA is suitable for students who have completed undergraduate degrees in fields related tohuman rights. Examples include Law, Social Sciences or Humanities. It is a plus if candidates have experience in human rights in intergovernmental, governmental or non- governmental organisations.

      A good academic recordand high personal motivationare musts to work in the human rights field. Fluency in English is required as this is the language of instruction for this degree programme. Students are also advised to have a good knowledge of French as some sessions are taught in this language. 

      Grants and Financial information


      Financial information

      No. of ECTS credits: 60

      Total cost of the postgraduate course: 5,650€ (plus a 150€ administrative fee)
      All applicants must pay an application processing fee of 50 € before submitting their application.

      Further information:

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