Human Rights and Democratisation
Qualification: Master of Arts, European Master in Human Rights and Democratisation
Faculty: Law; Business, Economics and Social Sciences; Humanities
Remarks: The program commences in Venice. Students then continue their studies at Universität Hamburg (or another of the 40 European partner universities).
Duration: 2 semesters
Teaching language: English
Program start: winter semester, Important semester dates
Admission restrictions: yes
Tuition Fees: €5500plus enrolment fee of €150, see website
The European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation is a one-year, multidisciplinary academic postgraduate program run jointly by 41 European universities and institutes. The program combines theoretical and practical approaches to issues in the fields of human rights and democratization. Teaching takes the form of lectures, workshops, tutorials, methodological and practical courses, and complementary seminars. Graduates learn to consider political, social, and economic aspects from different perspectives.
The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EUIC), located in Venice, is responsible for organizing the program, which is co-financed by the European Commission. Students spend their first semester in Venice and can then opt to spend the second in Hamburg. Universität Hamburg has been involved in the program since it was first launched in 1997 through the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH) and hosts up to three students every year.
Beside an academic career, graduates are primed for a variety of different professions. Their expertise is in demand in both operational areas and in the field at national and international governmental and non-governmental organizations.
The European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation is divided into two semesters. Students spend the first semester (18 weeks) in Venice (University of Padua); they are then able to spend the second semester in Hamburg (or at another of the 41 partner universities).
- Semester 1 (Venice): Components covered include human rights in philosophy, history, and anthropology; human rights protection systems; human rights standards; democratisation; human rights in the field (incl. a one-week field trip)
- Semester 2 (Hamburg): security policy seminars in Brussels and Vienna; involvement in research at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH); preparation of the master’s thesis
Additional information on degree program
Departmental regulations / Degree program regulations
Information on studying at Universität Hamburg
- a bachelor’s degree or comparable degree in a subject relevant to human rights (e.g., law, social science, humanities)
- proficiency in English
Applying / Application procedure
General academic advising
Applications for this program are not administered by Universität Hamburg. If you have questions about the application process and requirements please contact:
European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation
Contact person in Hamburg:
Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität Hamburg
Dr. Patricia Schneider
13. Mai 2022