Human Rights and DemocratisationMaster's degree

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    About the Master’s degree

    The EMAEuropean Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisationis an intensive Master’s degree programme lasting one year and taught in English.


    Experienced professionals


    Joining the EMA means learning alongside a long list of the best university professors, renowned experts and representatives of international organisations.



    Multicultural context

    It means studying in a multicultural contextmulticultural context and in multiple locations: first in Venice, where lectures, seminars, hypothetical trials, workshops and projects take place, and then in one of the 41 universities of the network where research work is carried out.


    Post-conflict analysis

    With EMA, the theory studied in the classroom becomes realitybecomes reality in the working trip to a post-conflict country, all in a human environment in which students, lecturers and staff establish bonds and maintain lasting working relationships.



    With EMA, students will have the opportunity to obtain grants to do an internship grants to do an internship in international organisations, as well as to join the well-established alumni association, which offers contacts, job offers and research opportunities.

    • 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:

      Admission process closed

    • Additional information:

      Master’s Final Project: 21 ECTS

    • Faculty:

      Social and Human Sciences
    • Share:

    2024-2025 ACADEMIC YEAR


    The deadline to apply for admission for the 2024-25 academic year is open.

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    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.

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    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.

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