Application is Open for the self-funded candidates for The European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation.

The European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA) is a one-year, full-time course that provides practice and policy-oriented approach to learning that combines legal, political, historical, anthropological, and philosophical perspectives of human rights and democratisation with skill-building activities and a field trip exercise.

Students are taught by leading academics representing EMA participating universities, experts, and representatives of international organisations and NGOs, while studying in a multicultural environment.

The curriculum prepares participants for working in national, international, governmental, inter-governmental, and non-governmental organisations as well as research institutions dealing with human rights and democratisation.

Programme Details:

Start dateMid-September 2021
Application deadlinesDeadline for non-EU and scholarship applicants: 15 February 2021
Deadline for EU and self-funded applicants: 19 April 2021
Duration12 months full-time
Tuition fee€5500,00 (plus enrolment fee of €150,00)
Minimum entry requirementUniversity degree (minimum 180 ECTS credits)
English language requirementsCertified fluency in English
Location 1st Semester (Sept.-Jan.): Global Campus of Human Rights Headquarters in Venice
2nd Semester (Feb.-Jul.): one of the 42 participating universities in Europe

Entry requirements

EMA is open to a maximum of 90 candidates from EU and non-EU countries.

Candidates must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a university degree of a high standard in a field relevant to human rights, including disciplines in Law, Social Sciences, and Humanities, and must have a minimum of 180 ECTS (Bachelor/General Degree).
  • Have certified knowledge of English at least at level B2. Accepted certificates are IELTS (min. score 6), TOEFL (min. 80 for the IBT), and Cambridge exams (min. score 169-175), obtained no more than 3 years before the start of the programme.

Applicants completing the degree entry requirements subsequently to the application deadline are requested to provide a current transcript of exams. Eventual admission into the programme is conditional upon receipt of documentation of the completed degree (by 31 August).

Applications will be assessed against the following selection criteria:

  • Academic ability and background (i.e. university final grade, the relevance of the degree and thesis subject);
  • Relevant additional academic work, courses, or publications
  • Relevant practical experience
  • Motivation

Fees and Funding

The tuition fee for the academic year 2021/2022 is €5500 (plus an enrolment fee of €150). Tuition fees cover the following: all courses of the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation, both in the first and second semester; reading materials for the first semester; lunch (on class and exam days); tutoring, access to a specialised library; individual access to our closed e-learning environment; use of available IT facilities, and the field trip.

The tuition fee does not cover accommodation and subsistence, travel costs to and from partner universities and visa expenses.

Successful applicants will receive a letter of admission and will be requested to pay the fees upon acceptance of the offer. Payments can be made via bank transfer in one of the following ways:

  • full amount within 2-4 weeks from the date of the letter of admission
  • two instalments: the first within 2-4 weeks from the date of the letter of admission and the second at a specified later date, typically early or mid-July

All applicants are requested to pay an application processing fee of €50 before submitting their application.

A small number of scholarships is available for qualified candidates. Scholarships include a tuition waiver and a modest stipend.

How to Apply?

The call for applications for the academic year 2021/2022 is now open. Applications are accepted and processed on an ongoing basis.

Deadline for non-EU and scholarship applicants: 15 February 2021.

Deadline for EU self-funded applicants: 19 April 2021.

The EMA Executive Committee approves the final list of admitted students. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted by mid-July 2021 at the latest.

Before applying, please carefully read the admission requirements set out in the Call for Applications.

In order to apply you should enter your application online at this link:

The following documents shall be enclosed with the application:

  • Transcript of records and degree diploma
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two reference letters (preferably one academic and one professional)
  • Copy of passport picture page
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Receipt of payment of the application fee of 50 Euro

Happy Applying!

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