Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific)

The Masters of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific Program) is a one year degree that seeks to develop the capacity of emerging leaders in the Asia-Pacific region to protect and promote human rights.

After attaining foundational knowledge and skills at the prestigious University of Sydney, all students undertake their regional study elective stream at one of the leading human rights educational institutions in the region - Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia, the Kathmandu School of Law in Nepal, the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka and Ateneo de Manila Law School in Philippines.

Scholars of the MHRD choose either an experiential or research-based elective stream where they either gain professional experience with an in-country human rights or democracy organisation or conduct substantial independent field research for a dissertation.

The Asia Pacific Program in 10 points:

  • Highest standards of inter-disciplinary scholarship
  • A uniquely regional lived experience of human rights and democracy
  • Focus on the most pressing issues in the Asia-Pacific
  • Exposure to emerging areas of human rights scholarship in the Asia-Pacific
  • Practitioner-led training and development activities
  • Opportunities for independent research
  • Field experience and internships
  • Unique regional professional networks
  • Exposure to cutting-edge research
  • Engagement with leading human rights campaigns

At the end of the program, students graduate with a firm grounding in the philosophical, political, institutional, legal, sociological and cultural dimension of human rights and democratisation. The Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia-Pacific region) brings the study of human rights and democracy to life.

Scholarships for Study

Scholarships for 2014-15 have now closed.

Scholarships for 2015-16 for suitably qualified, local mid-career professionals working in human rights and democratisation to join the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) (MHRD) program will re-open in September 2014. The scholarship will cover course fees to the value of 60 credit points of domestic student tuition at the University of Sydney and partner universities. It is available to citizens and permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand. Please note the scholarship will not include a stipend or living costs.

Up to 20 scholarships are also available for international students from the Asia-Pacific.

If you are interested or know someone who may be interested in applying please check back into this page in September 2014.

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