Master Degree in Human Rights
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Master Degree in Human Rights

Master Degree in Human Rights (Purbanchal University)

An interdisciplinary academic program, Master Degree in Human Right focuses on the human right at both national and international level. This program is introduced to produce educated and skilled manpower with an in-depth understanding of human rights. The program gives stress on human right research methodology, discussion & presentation skills and writing skills along with practical training in the major disciplines of human right.

The one year long MA in Human Right program offered by the Purbanchal University gives a basic knowledge in the central human rights institutions, practices and process. The program covers a large range of human right issues and gives equal emphasis on both theoretical and practical aspects of subject matters. While studying this program, students need to undertake subjects, such as Gender and Disadvantaged Groups, Civil and Political Right, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and Human Rights Standards and Enforcement Mechanism and should perform field research and prepare a thesis.

Kathmandu School of Law is the only academic institution affiliated with Purbanchal University that is offering Master of Arts in Human Right program in Nepal. It is located in Dadhikot, Bhaktapur.


The major goal of this program is to produce academically sound graduates who can contribute in the arena of human right and provide students with an understanding of fundamental concepts, theories and history of human right embedded in both Western and Eastern values/cultures.

Students Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program students are expected to be able to:

  • Describe principles of human rights
  • Convey knowledge and teach others about the human rights and demystify misleading projection and explication of principles and values of human right
  • Evaluate the alleged cases of human right violations and refer them to the agencies for actions

Course of Study

1st Year

  • Human Rights Standards and Enforcement Mechanisms
  • Economic Social and Cultural Rights
  • Civil and Political Rights
  • Gender and Disadvantaged Groups
  • Field Research and Reporting
  • Dissertation

2nd Year

3rd Year

4th Year

Scope and Career Prospects

This degree prepares grads for careers such as researchers, teachers and advocates of social justice and human rights. They can find employment opportunities in both government departments and private organizations, like community development organizations, economic development agencies and international relief agencies.

Job Prospects:

Over the past decades, the employment opportunity in the field of human rights has broadened. An individual with this degree has the option to pursue his/her career as:

  • Human rights monitor
  • Health care professional
  •  Researcher
  • Journalist
  • Financial analyst
  • Educator
  • Grant writer
  • Media specialist
  • Community organizer
  • Development associate
  • Project coordinator
  • Executive director
  • Senior program director
  • Legal counsel


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