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Human Rights

Master by coursework

Put human rights learning into practice and pursue your interest areas in greater depth.

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  • Qualification
    Master of Human Rights
  • Duration
    1 year, 6 months full-time
  • Credit
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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Misty Farquhar

Everybody in the course came from different academic backgrounds. Everybody had issues they felt personally connected to, and had this feeling of social justice. People think of activism as fist-waving, angry conversations, protest marches; but to make a difference at a systemic level, it’s about discourse and education.

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The Master of Human Rights promotes a critical understanding of the discourse that enables policy workers, lawyers, educators, social workers and journalists to contribute to the development, protection and application of human rights.

This courses suit those who want to enter the field of human rights or add a human rights perspective to their profession; and to those working in the field who wish to enhance their knowledge in a particular area of human rights practice or advocacy.

Using both theoretical and practical learning methods, you’ll examine modern human-rights institutions and explore the philosophical and political development of beliefs about human rights that underpin current systems. You’ll consider how social movements, grass-roots campaigns, and government and non-government organisations have contributed to human rights practices and activism.

The courses examine the subject from multidisciplinary, multicultural and multireligious perspectives to ensure you develop a globalised understanding.

Students who complete the master degree to a high standard can apply for doctoral-level studies.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

Centre for Human Rights Education

Curtin’s Centre for Human Rights Education is a centre for research, postgraduate teaching, critical scholarship and advocacy on human rights.

The centre was established in 2003, with Curtin being the first Australian university to appoint a Chair in Human Rights Education. The centre leads ethical scholarship, enabling individual agency and community engagement on human rights and social justice through the study and promotion of human rights at local, national and international levels.

We use a multidisciplinary approach, drawing from international relations, political science, anthropology, cultural studies, education, social work and law – which enables you to build a broad and critical understanding of the subject. Notably, many of our researchers have a reputation for responding successfully to human rights issues and challenges.

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, Former Justice of the High Court of Australia and  Laureate of the UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education, is a patron of the Centre for Human Rights Education.

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The future of human rights

The world is becoming increasingly complex where the interests of multinationals, organisations and communities intersect.

Curtin’s postgraduate human rights courses emphasise the importance of human dignity and environmental protection. Our students learn the concepts and skills required to enable them to understand how accountability, justice, fairness, inclusion and human dignity can be realised.


  • International relations
  • Human resources
  • Global health
  • Law
  • Media
  • Education
  • United Nations organisations
  • NGOs

What you'll learn

  • apply knowledge of the principles and concepts of human rights in work and community settings
  • critically analyse political, service, policy and moral issues using a human rights framework; think creatively to develop human rights based solutions to social and political problems
  • locate, critically evaluate and synthesise relevant evidence and human rights literature
  • communicate, both verbally and in writing, comprehensive analyses of complex human rights data or theories
  • use technologies to effectively collect information and communicate findings
  • demonstrate ability in self-directed learning
  • recognise the global nature of human rights issues and apply knowledge of practices learned
  • demonstrate a critical appreciation of diverse cultural aspects of human rights theory and practice
  • demonstrate ability to work ethically and independently on study and fieldwork projects, as well as work collaboratively with fellow students, staff and colleagues in the field

Admission criteria

Applicants require a Bachelor Degree or equivalent in one of the following disciplines: Arts/Humanities, Psychology, Education, Social Work, Law, Journalism, or Health.

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree in another discipline also require one year work experience (paid or unpaid).

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Some lectures in this course may be attended by both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Domestic $20,018*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Curtin course code: MC-HRIGHT
  • CRICOS code: 061485B
  • Last updated on: 25/09/2022