Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific Regional Program)

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

The Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) is a unique degree that is partially funded by the European Union. The University of Sydney is part of a network of universities across the world that offer it – the most advanced human rights education programs at postgraduate level.

The course is taught across five universities and provides students with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and skills in this field.

It offers students from across the Asia Pacific region and the world the opportunity to study the legal, sociological, philosophical and political contexts that underpin and drive human rights and democratisation challenges globally. The program combines rigorous academic knowledge, skills training and on-the-ground insights into what it means to be a human rights advocate from government, NGO, and private sector perspectives. Coursework is supplemented by field trips and workshops on a variety of human rights-related topics.

You will begin the course at the University of Sydney and spend the regional semester at one of four partner universities: Ateneo de Manila Law School (Philippines), Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia), Kathmandu School of Law (Nepal) and the University of Colombo (Sri Lanka). In the regional semester, you can choose to complete either a dissertation or an internship.

You will also have an opportunity to use our strong industry links in countries across the Asia Pacific for internship and job opportunities. Past internships have included organisations that work with migrants, children, women, refugees, sex workers, political prisoners, human rights defenders and legal aid advocates.

With a diverse student body that comes from all over the world, the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) has a truly international feel that is impossible to replicate. There are at least 20 scholarships offered to students from the Asia Pacific region.

Related degrees: Master of Human Rights, Master of Development Studies.

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

Course outline

Study plan

The Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) regional program requires the satisfactory completion of 10 units of study (60 credit points) (cp), including a suite of core units of study, core elective units of study and elective units of study to be completed at the University of Sydney and the program’s regional partner institutions.

Candidates are required to complete 60 credit points as follows:


(a) a minimum of 24 credit points of units of study to be completed at the University of Sydney;

(b) a minimum of 24 credit points of units of study be undertaken at (a) regional partner/s including 18 credit points of elective units of study as a research component comprising either a dissertation or an internship;

(c) a minimum of 30 credit points of core units of study;
 
(d) a minimum of 12 credit points of core elective units of study.

Candidates elect to undertake either a dissertation (18cp), or an internship (18cp) elective pathway at their regional partner host. For the dissertation, candidates conduct original independent research in the areas of human rights and/ or democratisation under the academic supervision of a relevant expert. They must prepare a research proposal and develop their topic with the University of Sydney’s Academic Director and the academic supervisor throughout their study term. Approval is subject to the department's discretion and the availability of an appropriate supervisor. The dissertation comprises a piece of written piece of work that is between 15,000 and 18,000 words.

The internship involves a 180 hour placement in an inter-governmental, governmental or non-governmental organisation specialising in human rights and/or democratisation. Students will have opportunities to immediately put into practice the knowledge acquired throughout the academic year with an aim to acquiring and improving practical work experience, establishing a dialogue between the students and the host organisation, and fostering access to the job market. They are required to complete several assessments, including develop an organisational product and complete an Internship Research Report. The Internship Research Report should take some aspect of the work that the student carried out the organization in which he/she interned, and should examine that aspect from a scholarly perspective. The Internship Research Report should be a written piece of work that is between 6,000 and 8,000 words.

For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the online

Postgraduate Table of Units of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific Program) Subject Area

Further course information

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Candidates must maintain a credit average result or above, normally over at least the first 4 units of study, in order to qualify for admission to the dissertation units of study. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Capstone experience

Eligible candidates undertaking the degree of Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) regional program have the option of completing (i) an internship pathway with a total value of 18 credit points (cp) or (ii) a dissertation on an approved topic with a value of 18cp, under the supervision of an academic expert.

The dissertation comprises undertaking original research and writing on a topic relevant to human rights and/or democratisation for a scholarly paper of between 15,000 and 18,000 words.

The internship comprises a work experience placement of 180 hours in an inter-governmental, governmental or non-governmental organisation specialising in human rights and/or democratisation. Under the supervision of a member of the host organisation, candidates undertake a specific task relevant to the organisation's mandate and work with their supervisor to draw links between their practical project and theoretical issues concerning human rights. Students must construct an organisational product and their major assessment: an Internship Research Report that is between 6,000 and 8,000 words.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates will have the ability to undertake independent scholarly research on current issues relevant to human rights and democratisation in the Asia Pacific and skills to put their academic understanding and practical experience to use in real situations. The course is also a gateway to a vibrant international community, connecting graduates to an invaluable personal and professional network.

Further study

Graduates of the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific Regional Program) who have completed a dissertation with a meritorious grade are eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in their chosen subject area.

Admission

Admission requirements

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the following admissions criteria. In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications but whose evidence of experience and achievement is deemed by the Dean to be equivalent.

Admission requires:

(a) a bachelor’s degree with a minimum credit (65 percent) 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 credit (65 percent) average calculated over the whole degree

(c) meeting the English language requirement of IELTS: A minimum result of 6.5 overall and a minimum result of 6.0 in each band; TOEFL paper-based: A minimum result of 577 overall including a minimum result of 4.5 in Writing; TOEFL IBT: A minimum result of 90 overall including a minimum result of 22 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 23 in Writing.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

The Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) regional program is delivered by a consortium of Universities across the Asia Pacific region. As such the application process for Domestic and International Students has several stages.

All candidates must complete the regular application processes required by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and secure an offer of admission to the degree program from the University of Sydney. Candidates wishing to apply for a position in the program should check the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) regional program website for more specific information about the application process.

Candidates wishing to apply for financial assistance (in the form of a scholarship for tuition and living expenses) should also check the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) regional program website. Scholarship information will be made available on this website in October each year. To be eligible for a scholarship, scholarship candidates must complete a Scholarship Application Form (available on the website above) AND secure an offer of admission to the degree program from the University of Sydney.

The course has one annual intake, commencing July.

International students

How to apply

The Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) regional program is delivered by a consortium of Universities across the Asia Pacific region. As such the application process for Domestic and International Students has several stages.

All candidates must complete the regular application processes required by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and secure an offer of admission to the degree program from the University of Sydney. Candidates wishing to apply for a position in the program should check the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) regional program website for more specific information about the application process.
Candidates wishing to apply for financial assistance (in the form of a scholarship for tuition and living expenses) should also check the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) regional program website. Scholarship information will be made available on this website in October each year. To be eligible for a scholarship, scholarship candidates must complete a Scholarship Application Form (available on the website above) AND secure an offer of admission to the degree program from the University of Sydney.

The course has one annual intake, commencing July.

Application Fee Waiver

Students submitting an application for financial assistance to study the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) regional program, from selected countries, are eligible to apply for an application fee waiver.

Eligible countries are:

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Futuna, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Niue, North Korea, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wallis.

To apply for an application fee waiver, candidates must:

- Apply for an offer of admission to the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) program and obtain an IPU number.
- Choose the ‘Save and Pay Later’ option at the end of the application form.
- Email the Admissions Office at admissions.yellowteam@sydney.edu.au with their application (IPU) number and a request for an Application Fee Waiver.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2015, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2015, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.