Professional Outcome

Many of those coming into the degree will already be working in the field of human rights, democratisation or related areas (humanitarian work, peace work, development) and we anticipate that the research and advocacy skills, as well as the expanded knowledge base that students will acquire through the degree will significantly assist them in further advancing and in some cases refining or shifting to objectives and modalities of the organisations with which they are working. For those who will be looking for positions upon completion of the degree or to change their career, graduates will be qualified to work in policy, advocacy and research positions in a large range of organisations that work in the field of human rights. This includes non-governmental, governmental and inter-governmental organisations.

Given the salience of human rights and democracy in social, economic and political development and life, opportunities will also be available for graduates to take their knowledge and skills into contiguous fields where human rights and democratisation are relevant. We would thus anticipate that some graduates will seek positions in educational institutions, in the media and increasingly in the corporate world.

Finally, as one of the objectives of the degree is to build creativity and leadership skills, we hope that some graduates will create new organisations or play a leading role in the creation of such organisations at the local, national or regional level. Perhaps most importantly in relation to all of these possibilities, graduates will be part of a vibrant regional and international community and it is hoped that over the years to come, you and graduates from other years will form a powerful network of actors supporting developments across the region.