Human Rights and DemocratisationMaster's degree

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    Welcome from the Director

    Dear prospective student,

    I am pleased to welcome you to our website. I encourage you to read about our programme carefully and to join us in this unique opportunity to become involved in human rights and democratisation as a future student, researcher and activist.

    The EMA is an intense academic programme lasting one year. It focuses on ensuring you receive the professional preparation to work in human rights organisations (governmental, non-governmental, international or Spanish), ministries of Foreign Affairs, development agencies, field missions, electoral watches or international cooperation. The programme also gives you a sound base for embarking on a career in education.

    Signing on the EMA means taking part in classes taught by innovative scholars, renowned experts and representatives of international organisations. It involvesstudying in an intercultural atmosphere and a wide range of locations: first, in Venice, where you will attend classes and seminars and take part in simulations, skills acquisition and projects sessions. Then, you will go on to one of the 41 network universities where you can carry out in-depth research for your Master’s thesis.

    The EMA will show you how theory studied in the classroom comes alive during a field trip in a post-conflict nation. You will have the chance to experience a special human environment where all the participants (students, lecturers and staff) develop close and lasting working ties. Following the EMA, you will have the chance to take part in our internships and fellowships in prestigious organisations. You can also benefit from membership in a worldwide alumni association, the EMAlumani Association, which provides contacts, job, projects and research opportunities.

    If you ask our graduates (over 1,100 at the present), the two most frequent remarks are that the EMA is a unique Master’s degree programme and a life-changing experience. These opinions were backed up by student surveys and underscore the bright career prospects for EMA graduates. But the opportunities certainly don't come easily: the course requires commitment, passion and hard work. The rewards are enormous and go far beyond receiving a diploma.

    You can explore our website: find out who teaches our course and where you can go for your second semester; learn about our special features and check out our areas of specialisation; connect with former students…
    Enjoy your visit and ¡see you in Venice!"

    Felipe Gómez Isa, PhD

    Student Guidance

    If students should require assistance and support, several services are available to them throughout the course.

    The head office of the EMA programme is located in Lido-Venice at the Monastery of San Nicoló, where the Programme Director is based. The Programme Director is in charge of the design and content of the programme and students can arrange interviews with him or her. All subjects for the final project require approval.

    The teaching fellows are also on hand to assist students. The teaching fellows are three young PhDs from one of the following fields: Philosophy, International Relations and Law. They run support seminars and keep in close contact with students. The lecturers who teach in the morning are also available for meetings in the afternoon.

    The Venice office also has an administrative staff to assist students in finding housing and making travel arrangements to Kosovo. There is a complete library on human rights and journals..

    Students who choose the University of Deusto for the second semester will be personally assisted by the Director of the Master’s programme. The Director is in close contact with students as the member universities only host 3 or 4 students at a time.

    The Director of the Master’s programme assigns each student an expert academic staff member from the Human Rights Institute who will supervise students’ research projects through meetings and frequent communication. During the month of May, a workshop with an academic panel is held each year. The panel focuses on assessing the progress of students’ final projects, offering criticism and proposals.

    Students have additional logistical support through the Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute, the International Relations Office, the Student Guidance and Support Service and the New Student Office. Students also have access to the CRAI-Learning and Research Resource Centre, where they have Deusto’s centenary library wide a broad range of study, research, meeting and work areas.