The Human Rights Consortium and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies work collaboratively to deliver the cutting-edge teaching and practice-based training within two post-graduate programmes: the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights, offered on campus; and the MA in Human Rights, offered by distance learning.

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 programmes. 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.