The Human Rights Consortium and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies work collaboratively to deliver the cutting-edge teaching and practice-based training within the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights. As part of the School of Advanced Study, a collection of postgraduate research institutes, the Human Rights Consortium hosts a number of research projects led by the academics that lecture on the MA programme. The research projects bring together interdisciplinary expertise from the field to provide a national and international collaborative centre for the support, promotion and dissemination of academic and policy work in human rights. Students benefit from teaching from academics who continually update teaching materials to reflect their current research.
The Human Rights Consortium works closely with MA and PhD students to provide them with the experience of research promotion and dissemination, either through formal internships (20 ECTS) as part of their programme of study or through informal collaborations. Students have an open invitation to blog, organise and attend events, and interact and assist with their tutors’ current academic research. Many students have found this interaction invaluable and a unique way to begin a career in human rights research and practice. PhD students in Human Rights have the opportunity to set up research projects, host events, publish academic papers and apply for funding with support from HRC research support staff. The HRC aims to foster a stimulating environment for teaching, learning and research at all levels.
The Human Rights Consortium provides opportunities for students enrolled in a graduate programme to undertake an internship at the School.
The objective of the Internship Programme is threefold:
- to provide a framework by which graduate students from diverse academic backgrounds can enhance their educational experience through practical work assignments;
- to expose them to the work of the School and the Human Rights Consortium; and
- to provide the Consortium with the assistance of highly qualified students specialized in various disciplinary fields.
The scheme is open to all students who are interested in working with academics of the School in organising, facilitating and disseminating work undertaken in the human rights fields.