Graduate Diploma in Human Rights

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Graduate Diploma in Human Rights offers candidates a firm foundation in human rights law and policy and, through a series of core units, provides a practical understanding of how human rights operate in different political, economic, social and environmental contexts. You will build knowledge and skills in human rights across a wide range of disciplinary fields including sociology and social policy, political science, political economy, philosophy, history and human geography.

Emphasising the practice of human rights, our course equips you to skilfully and effectively use human rights tools and language, in order to achieve tangible changes in the real world. This practical dimension includes the opportunity to undertake an internship within an Australian or international human rights organisation. The course will also provide you with the opportunity to undertake independent scholarly research on current human rights issues, and the skills to put your academic understanding to use in real situations. While our degree has a global focus, it also capitalises on Australia’s geo-political location, offering a unique perspective on the Asia-Pacific region.

Given the growing salience of human rights in politics, law, social movements and business, graduates can expect to find employment in dedicated human rights governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, where a human rights specialisation is required. Students with a background in journalism, education and other professions will also be strongly positioned to return to their principal fields with a high level of valuable specialist skills.

Related degrees: Graduate Diploma in Development Studies.

Please note: The units of study listed below are subject to change and are to be used as a guide only.

Further course information

Study plan

The Graduate Diploma in Human Rights requires the satisfactory completion of:

(a) a minimum of 24 credit points from core units of study; and

(b) a maximum of 24 credit points from elective units of study. With the permission of the Degree Coordinator a maximum of 12 credit points can be taken as elective units from units of study outside those listed in the Human Rights subject area of the Postgraduate Unit of Study Table, including units of study from other faculties.

Graduate opportunities

Graduates can expect to find employment in dedicated human rights governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations, as well as in government departments and agencies where human rights specialisation is required, and increasingly in major Australian and multinational corporations that wish or need to take human rights considerations into account in their operations.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma in Human Rights requires:

(a) a bachelor's degree with a minimum 60% average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, including a major in a relevant subject area in the humanities or social sciences, or an equivalent qualification; or

(b) a Bachelor of Laws degree with a minimum 60% average calculated over the whole degree, or an equivalent qualification.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:
(i) directly to the University via the International Office. Further information on applications and English language requirements and support services for international students is available on the International Office website; or

(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Note: International students are required to enrol on a full-time basis.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

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International students

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