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Overview

This degree provides you with an understanding of how human rights apply in various political, social, economic and environmental contexts. You will develop critical skills in the effective use of human rights tools and language to achieve specific changes in the world while gaining skills to apply to real situations and create workable solutions.

Obtain vital knowledge of international and regional human rights systems and investigate areas including sociology and social policy, political science and political economy, philosophy, history and human geography. This degree has a global outlook and explores domestic policy and legal issues in the context of the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on Australia's geopolitical position.

Why study with us?

This program combines social, scientific and legal approaches to the study of human rights and provides a holistic perspective on human rights and social change. The course addresses human rights violations at the local, national, regional and global levels.

You will have the opportunity to undertake independent scholarly research on current human rights issues and participate in an internship within an Australian or international human rights organisation. 

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

NOTE: Semester 2 2020 changes:
Sem 2, 2020 application closing date:
17 August
Sem 2, 2020 start date:
24 August

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

NOTE: Semester 2 2020 changes:
Sem 2, 2020 application closing date:
17 August
Sem 2, 2020 start date:
24 August

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

The Graduate Certificate in Human Rights requires the satisfactory completion of:

  • 4 units of study (24 credit points), including 2 core units of study (12 credit points):
    • HRTD6901 Human Rights: Norms and Mechanisms 1; and
    • HRTD6903 Human Rights Violations; plus
  • 2 further core or compulsory units of study (12 credit points).

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Admission requirement

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Human Rights requires:

  • a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, with a major in a relevant subject area in the humanities or social sciences, or an equivalent qualification; or
  • a Bachelor of Laws degree, or an equivalent qualification; or
  • evidence of a minimum of three years recent, relevant, professional experience in the field deemed by the Dean to be equivalent to the academic admission requirements.

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the admissions criteria. In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications but whose evidence of experience and achievement is deemed by the Dean to be equivalent.

Course opportunities

Graduate certificates and diplomas are are a good alternative if you want to try out postgraduate study or increase the breadth of  your expertise and knowledge, or if you don’t quite meet the entry requirements for a master’s degree.

Career Pathways

The Human Rights program may lead you to a career within non-government agencies and the United Nations, roles in international human rights and development agencies as well as federal and state government roles. Graduates can also find employment in print and visual media (journalism, radio and reporting) where a human rights specialisation is required.

Future study options

You can progress from the Graduate Certificate to a Graduate Diploma or Masters, or from a Graduate Diploma to Masters in the same subject area, after successful completion of the shorter course.

Domestic students

International students

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