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 and the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka.

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 2014-15

We are pleased to announce a scholarship is now available for a suitably qualified, local mid-career professionals working human rights and democratisation to join the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) (MHRD) program in Spring Semester, 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. Applications for the Local MHRD Scholarship are open until 11 April 2014. An application form is available here.

Up to 20 scholarships are also available for international students from the Asia-Pacific. Applications for the International MHRD Scholarship closed on 3 December 2013.

Call for Applications 2014-2015

There are two types of applications for study in the MHRD with corresponding deadlines:

  • Applications for study via an International MHRD Scholarship for international students from the Asia-Pacific (applications closed on 3 December 2013).
  • Applications for full-fee paying study in the MHRD close on 31 May 2014 and are considered upon receipt. Full fee-paying applicants who are citizens or Permanent Residents of Australian or New Zealand are eligible to apply for the Local MHRD Scholarship.

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