Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law

  • [For students starting before MT2015:

  • 1. Candidates must follow a course of instruction in International Human Rights Law. The course will be taken on a part-time basis over a period of not fewer than six terms and not more than twelve terms.

  • 2. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

    • (a) i. Attendance at classes, individual tutorials, group seminars, and other teaching sessions as required;

      • ii. Participation in all parts of the course to the satisfaction of the Course Director;

      • iii. Participation in (electronic) group discussions under the guidance, and to the satisfaction, of the student’s academic tutor;

    • (b) four written papers, each of three hours’ duration, as set out below:

      • i. Fundamentals of International Human Rights Law II

      • ii. The Implementation and Development of International Human Rights Law I

      • iii. The Implementation and Development of International Human Rights Law II

      • iv. Populations at Risk

    • (c) six essays, each of not more than 2,000 words in length, covering the Fundamentals of International Human Rights Law I;

    • (d) a dissertation prospectus not to exceed 1,500 words in length that identifies the dissertation topic, central question, thesis and methodology; provides a summary of the dissertation; a schedule for completion and a working bibliography. The bibliography will not count towards the word length of the prospectus;

    • (e) a dissertation of no more than 12,000 words on a topic selected by the student in consultation with the supervisor and agreed by the Board of Examiners.

    • The assignments under 2(c-d) and the dissertation under 2(e) will be forwarded to the examiners c/o Registry, Department for Continuing Education, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA, for receipt by such date as the examiners shall determine and shall notify the candidates and tutors.

  • 3. Candidates may be required to attend a viva voce examination at the end of the course of study at the discretion of the examiners.

  • 4. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.

  • 5. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in the written examinations under 2(b), the written portfolios under 2(c-d) or the dissertation under 2(e) may be permitted to resubmit work in respect of the part or parts of the examination which they have failed on not more than one occasion which shall normally be within one year of the original failure.]

  • [For students starting from MT 2015 and before MT 2016:

    1. Candidates must follow a course of instruction in International Human Rights Law. The course will be taken on a part-time basis over six terms.

  • 2. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

    • (a) (i)  Attendance at classes;

      • (ii)   participation in all parts of the course to the satisfaction of the Course Director;

        (iii)  participation in (electronic) group discussions as prescribed in the course conventions;

    • (b) Six assignments, each of not more than 2,000 words, on the subject of The Fundamentals of International Human Rights Law;

      (c) Four written examinations, each of three hours duration, to include two papers from each of:

      • (i) Implementation and Development of International Human Rights Law;

        (ii) Populations at Risk.

    • Papers taken are to be chosen from a list in the handbook to be published by the first week of Michaelmas Term each year.

      (d) Preparatory work associated with the dissertation consisting of a proposal of not more than 1,500 words. This is formative only and does not contribute to the final mark.

      (e) A dissertation of not more than 12,000 words on a topic selected by the student in consultation with the supervisor and agreed by any two of the Examiners.

    The assignments under 2.(b) and the dissertation under 2.(e) will be submitted to the examiners c/o Registry, Department for Continuing Education, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA, for receipt by such date as the examiners shall determine and shall notify the candidates and tutors. The dissertation shall be submitted in hard copy and in digital copy.

  • 3. Candidates may be required to attend a viva voce examination at the end of the course of study at the discreation of the examiners.

  • 4. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.

  • 5. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in the written assignments under 2.(b), the examinations under 2.(c) or the dissertation under 2.(e) may be permitted to resubmit work in respect of the part or parts of the examination which they have failed on not more than one occasion which shall normally be within one year of the original failure.]

    [For students starting from MT 2016 and before MT 2017:

  • 1. Candidates must follow a course of instruction in International Human Rights Law. The course will be taken on a part-time basis over six terms.

    2. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

    • (a)(i)    Attendance at classes;

      • (ii) participation in all parts of the course to the satisfaction of the Course Director;

      • (iii) participation in (electronic) group discussions as prescribed in the course conventions;

    • (b) Five assignments, each of not more than 2,000 words, on the subject of The Fundamentals of International Human Rights Law;

      (c) Four written examinations, each of three hours’ duration, to include two papers from each of:

      • (i) Implementation and Development of International Human Rights Law;

        (ii) Populations at Risk;

      Papers taken are to be chosen from a list in the handbook to be published by the first week of Michaelmas Term each year.

    • (d) A dissertation of not more than 12,000 words on a topic selected by the student in consultation with the supervisor and agreed by any two of the Examiners.

    • The assignments under 2 (b) and the dissertation under 2 (d) will be submitted to the examiners c/o Registry, Department for Continuing Education, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JA, for receipt by such date as the examiners shall determine and shall notify the candidates and tutors. Assignments shall be submitted via the electronic submission system. The dissertation shall be submitted in hard copy and in digital copy.

    3. Candidates may be required to attend a viva voce examination at the end of the course of study at the discretion of the examiners.

  • 4. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in the written assignments under 2(b), the examinations under 2 (c) or the dissertation under 2(d) may be permitted to resubmit work in respect of the part or parts of the examination which they have failed on not more than one occasion which shall normally be within one year of the original failure.]

[For students starting from MT 2017:

  • 1. Candidates must follow a course of instruction in International Human Rights Law. The course will be taken on a part-time basis over six terms.

    2. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:


    • (a) Five assignments, each of not more than 2,000 words, on the subject of The Fundamentals of International Human Rights Law;

      (b) Four written examinations, each of three hours’ duration, to include two papers from each of:

      • (i) Implementation and Development of International Human Rights Law;

        (ii) Populations at Risk;

      Papers taken are to be chosen from a list in the handbook to be published by the first week of Michaelmas Term each year.

    • (c) A dissertation of not more than 12,000 words on a topic selected by the student in consultation with the supervisor and agreed by any two of the Examiners.

    • The assignments under 2 (a) and the dissertation under 2 (c) will be submitted to the examiners c/o Registry, Department for Continuing Education, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JA, for receipt by such date as the examiners shall determine and shall notify the candidates and tutors. Assignments shall be submitted via the approved electronic submission system. The dissertation shall be submitted in hard copy and in digital copy format to be prescribed in the course handbook.

    3. Candidates may be required to attend a viva voce examination at the end of the course of study at the discretion of the examiners.

  • 4. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in the written assignments under 2(a), the examinations under 2 (b) or the dissertation under 2(c) may be permitted to resubmit work in respect of the part or parts of the examination which they have failed on not more than one occasion which shall normally be within one year of the original failure.]