Admission

Call for Applications

Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific).

Applications are now being accepted for study and for scholarships in the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) (MHRD).

The MHRD is a unique Master degree program in which students undertake a foundational semester and an intersessional intensive at the University of Sydney, and then a regional semester of study at one of our partner universities*

  • Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia)
  • Katmandu School of Law (Nepal)
  • University of Colombo (Sri Lanka)
  • Ateneo de Manila University (the Philippines)

*Partner universities may be subject to change.

Graduates of the MHRD will gain an interdisciplinary understanding of human rights and democratisation in the Asia Pacific, and will have opportunities to research and examine the application of human rights and democratisation in the field with the partner institutions.

Scholarships

Local MHRD Scholarship
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 or can be downloaded on from the right side panel of this page.

International MHRD Scholarships
The University of Sydney will provide up to 20 partial scholarships for international students from the Asia-Pacific region to join the MHRD. For further details, please see Section B. Financial Assistance of the MHRD Scholarship Supplementary Application Form, which can be downloaded from the right side panel of this page. Please note, scholarships will only be offered to domestic students (Australian and New Zealand citizens) in exceptional circumstances.

All applicants who wish to be considered for a scholarship place must submit their completed application with all required documentation by 3 December 2013. Please refer to the checklist above to make sure you have submitted all necessary documentation.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered admission or an MHRD scholarship.

Course Structure

  • In the foundational semester at the University of Sydney, students will undertake four units of study in social science, legal and political approaches to human rights and democratisation.
  • During the regional semester students will complete two further units of study in human rights and democratisation, complemented by their choice of a supervised dissertation or an internship at an in-country organisation specialising in human rights/democratisation. Students must select one of the partners universities listed above to undertake their regional semester study.

Courses

Foundational semester – University of Sydney, Australia

  • HRTD 6901- Human Rights Norms and Mechanisms, Part I
  • HRTD 6902 - Human Rights and Democratisation Research
  • HRTD 6903 - Dynamics of Human Rights Violations
  • HRTD 6904 - Democratisation: Theory and Practice

Inter-Sessional Intensive – University of Sydney, Australia

  • HRTD 6905 - Human Rights and Democratisation Intensive

Regional Semester – Partner Universities

  • HRDT 6907 - Human Rights Norms and Mechanisms, Part II
  • HRTD 6908 - Critical and Emerging Issues in the Asia-Pacific
  • Either:
    • HRTD6909 - Human Rights and Democratisation Dissertation Part I
    • HRTD6911 - Human Rights and Democratisation Dissertation Part II
    OR
    • HRTD6910—Human Rights and Democratisation Internship
    • HRTD6912—Human Rights and Democratisation Internship Report

Potential Students

We are looking for people who have a strong commitment to issues about human rights and democratisation. The degree will strongly benefit people already working in, or seeking to work in, the fields of human rights and democratisation in our region.

The objective of the MRHD is to produce graduates who can support ongoing efforts to strengthen institutions dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights and democracy and to enhance a regional culture of human rights and democracy.

The MHRD recognises that there are critical institutional developments taking place both regionally and in particular countries at the moment. The program has been set up to ensure that human rights and democracy advocates in the region are well resourced to lead in the next decades.

Important Dates

3 December 2013 International MHRD scholarship applications close
14 February 2014 International MHRD Scholarship winners notified
11 April 2014 Local MHRD Scholarship applications close
30 April 2014 Local MHRD Scholarship winner notified
31 May 2014 Applications for fee-paying students close
28 July 2014 MHRD Induction Week begins, commencing MHRD Foundational Semester
4 August 2014 MHRD Foundational Semester lectures begin

Application Checklist:

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered admission or an MHRD scholarship.

International Students

  1. Completed and signed USYD Postgraduate Coursework Application Form including:
    • Application Processing Fee (if applicable – see section below)
    • A copy of the personal details of your passport
    • A certified transcript or marks sheet for any tertiary study you have completed or are currently enrolled in (see certification policy)
    • An original or certified copy of your official degree certificate(s)/testamur
    • An original or certified copy of your official professional qualifications
    • A certified official translation of any document not in English
    • A certified copy of the award of any scholarship
  2. Completed and signed MHRD Supplementary Application form – available for download on this page or at the following link: http://sydney.edu.au/future_students/apply_supplementary.shtml


  3. Evidence of English language proficiency in the form of EITHER
    • An IELTS score card with an overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6 (or equivalent) completed in the past two years
          OR
    • A letter from the University Registrar certifying that any degree completed in the past five years that states:
      “The language of the institution and of instruction, examination and assessment was English.”**
      ** This letter must contain these exact words
  4. Curriculum Vitae

  5. Letters of Reference by two (2) referees

  6. Any other supporting documentation applicants wish to provide

Domestic Students



  1. Completed and signed USYD Postgraduate Coursework Application Form including:
    • A certified transcript or marks sheet for any tertiary study you have completed or are currently enrolled in (see certification policy)
    • An original or certified copy of your official degree certificate(s)/testamur
    • An original or certified copy of your official professional qualifications
    • A certified official translation of any document not in English
    • A certified copy of the award of any scholarship
  2. Completed and signed MHRD Supplementary Application form – available for download on this page or at the following link: http://sydney.edu.au/future_students/apply_supplementary.shtml