#22 in the world

    We're ranked 22nd in the world for Arts and Humanities in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

    This degree provides you with an understanding of how human rights apply in various political, social, economic and environmental contexts. You will develop critical skills in the effective use of human rights tools and language to achieve specific changes in the world while gaining skills to apply to real situations and create workable solutions.

    Obtain vital knowledge of international and regional human rights systems and investigate areas including sociology and social policy, political science and political economy, philosophy, history and human geography. This degree has a global outlook and explores domestic policy and legal issues in the context of the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on Australia's geopolitical position.

    This program combines social, scientific and legal approaches to the study of human rights and provides a holistic perspective on human rights and social change. The course addresses human rights violations at the local, national, regional and global levels.

    You will have the opportunity to undertake independent scholarly research on current human rights issues and participate in an internship within an Australian or international human rights organisation.


    The Human Rights program may lead you to a career within non-government agencies and the United Nations, roles in international human rights and development agencies as well as federal and state government roles. Graduates can also find employment in print and visual media (journalism, radio and reporting) where a human rights specialisation is required.


    Admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Human Rights requires:

    • a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, with a major in a relevant subject area in the humanities or social sciences, or an equivalent qualification; or
    • a Bachelor of Laws degree, or an equivalent qualification; or
    • evidence of a minimum of three years recent, relevant, professional experience in the field deemed by the Dean to be equivalent to the academic admission requirements.

    Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the 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.



    IELTS 7.0 – no band below 6.0


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