Admission requirements to the Programme is subject to the UFS General Rule E12.1   

Specifically, students must: 

  • Be in possession of an Honours Degree (NQF Exit Level 8); or an equivalent qualification that will be found to be appropriate to pursue the Master’s Degree; and
  • Have obtained a weighted average of at least 60%.
  • Admission to the Master of Human Rights degree is subject to a further process of selection.
  • Students MUST attend two on-campus tuition sessions, which consist of two block sessions of one week each in year one, at the beginning of each semester. (Please kindly note that owing to the Covid-19 restrictions, such sessions have been moved online.)
  • Foreign students, who did not complete their relevant degree in English, must successfully pass a relevant or prescribed UFS language proficiency test or equivalent thereof.
  • Qualifications obtained outside South Africa must be evaluated by he South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The purpose of the SAQA evaluation is to determine the level of the National Qualifications Framework at which foreign qualifications should be recognised.
  • Each prospective student must complete an online application.

UFS Application Helpdesk Enquiries:

T: +27 51 4019666


Students must meet the following requirements for the Master of Human Rights degree:

Compulsory Modules


LIHS 7916: Human Rights Law and Systems

24 credits

LHUE 7916: Human Rights and Transformation

24 credits

LNAV7900: Legal Research Methodology

0 credits

LHMD7900: Mini dissertation*

108 credits

* Second year of the Programme

In addition to the above compulsory modules, students must choose one of the following:



LHRI7906: Human Rights and Impoverishment

24 credits

LHRD7906: Human Rights and Development

24 credits

LHRE7906: Human Rights and Education

24 credits

LHRG7906: Human Rights and Gender

24 credits


The Master of Human Rights graduate will be able to:

  • Evaluate the interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary literature on human rights and reflect on the conceptualisation and implementation of human rights norms in a socially contextualised manner and in terms of critical social science methods and theories;
  • Assess the structure of national, regional and the international human rights regimes, human rights decision making and manifestations of human rights violations in terms of prevailing social, cultural, political and economic relations;
  • Apply interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary methods and perspectives to issues relating to political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental justice; and
  • Appreciate how conceptualisations and enforcement of human rights norms affect human diversity (with reference to eg culture, religion, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality).


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F: + 27 51 401 3043


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