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Latin America Pathway

From academic year 2014-15, the Human Rights Consortium, in collaboration with the Institute of Latin American Studies, will offer a specialist pathway through the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights which will enable students to focus their studies on the human rights concerns – past, present and future – of Latin America.


In order to pass the MA, students need to have achieved a total of 90 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits. ECTS credits are recognised across the European Union. The degree comprises four compulsory modules (including the dissertation), and three optional modules.

Students wishing to undertake an internship can do so at any point during the academic year. Students who wish to obtain an extra 20 ECTS credits for this component (extra credit only) must complete the equivalent of 25 working days to pass this module and must submit a 1000-word assessment of their placement experience.

Required Modules

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Dissertation [30 ECTS]

Students will complete a 15,000-word research-based dissertation on a chosen topic within the human rights of Latin America which is of special interest to them. This topic will be chosen in consultation with your dissertation supervisor, who will provide support.

Optional Modules

Autumn Term

Two of the following three modules will be selected:

Spring Term

One out of the following modules may be selected:


How MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies student, Sylvester Chapotera, aims to fulfil a lifetime goal

Sylvester Chapotera was awarded the Guy-Goodwin Scholarship on the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies. He tells us about how his programme of study contributes to his ambition to become a future leader in refugee protection.