General Information

Programme Duration

The M.A. Human Rights consists of three semesters (semesters 1 and 2 are coursework, semester 3 is entirely devoted to the master thesis) with a total of 90 ECTS credits.

The programme only starts in the winter term.


The tuition fees are 4.900 € for all three semesters. In addition, students are required by law to pay a fee for the student union and the semester ticket.

Final Degree

Master of Arts (M.A.) Human Rights




Admission to the Master’s programme in Human Rights requires a university degree based on at least 3.5 years of full-time studies (equivalent to 210 ECTS credits) and at least one year of professional experience in the area of human rights, or professional experience in another field in combination with practical experience in human rights work on a volunteer basis.
If your university degree is based on less than 3.5 years of studies, you may be accepted on the basis of a special procedure determining additional qualifications.

Further information on how to apply can be found here.


In the first semester, all students will enroll in three compulsory modules covering political, philosophical and legal foundations of human rights respectively. In the second semester, students will participate in a compulsory, interdisciplinary module on non-discrimination and may elect four out of the following special modules: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Business and Human Rights; Freedom of Religion and Belief; Gender and Human Rights; International Criminal Law; Transitional Justice; Human Rights of Refugees; and Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The third semester is devoted to the master thesis.

M.A. Human Rights Module Description

Degree Programme and Examination Regulations (Studien- und Prüfungsordnung)

Only the official German text, which can be found on this web page, is legally binding. For information purposes, you can refer to the documents below:

Studien- und Prüfungsordnung M.A. Human Rights (in German) (last amended on 7 June 2016)
Degree Programme and Examination Regulations M.A. Human Rights (in English) (last amended on 7 June 2016)


Graduates of the programme will be equipped with theoretical and practical skills to pursue professional activities in different human rights contexts, such as in public administrations, international and non-governmental organisations, academia and education, the media, interest groups and associations, as well as in specialised law firms and corporations.

Application Deadline

The programme only starts in the winter term. The application deadline is 30 June each year. Applications are accepted at any time. Decisions will be taken im March, May and July.

Please note that in some cases, processing visa applications may take several months. We therefore strongly advise applicants who require a student visa to apply early.

Important Semester Dates

Here you find important semester dates (e.g. semester and lecture periods, holidays).

Master’s Thesis

Here you find a fact sheet on the regulations of the Master’s Thesis.