MA in Human Rights and Democracy

Deadline: June 30


The MA covers human rights and democracy in general, as well as current democratization and human rights issues in the Eastern Partnership Region and Post-Soviet region in general. Students will be introduced to both the theoretical and practical aspects of human rights and democracy. The application of an interdisciplinary approach will provide students with a solid understanding of the cultural, historical, philosophical, political, legal, sociological and economic aspects of human rights and democratization.

This Programme is conducted in English and Russian, the two most commonly used languages in the region and will last for a year from September until July.

The main feature of this programme is student mobility. The first semester takes place in Armenia, at Yerevan State University. The second semester is run by one of the three partner universities.  Students have the opportunity to specialize in one of three modules: Political, Legal and Interdisciplinary.

  • The Political Science Module  is hosted by Belarusian State University;
  • The Legal Module  is hosted by Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv;
  • The Interdisciplinary Module/ Socio-economic aspects is hosted  by Tbilisi State University.

During the second semester from May until July the students will be engaged in internship and thesis writing.

Scholarship value

The MA in Human Rights and Democratisation offers a certain number of full scholarships, which will cover travel expenses (to/from home country to Armenia, to/from home country to partner country and thesis defence travel) and living expenses.  Students will get a monthly stipend – 250 EURO per month. Scholarships will be provided only to non-resident students, studying in countries other than their country of residency.

The Programme is open to all interested applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognized higher education institution. In case of ongoing studies, applicants should provide documentation indicating that they will receive their first degree from such an institution by the time of enrolling in the programme.
  • Equally fluent in English and Russian.
  • Have Professional and/or research interest in human rights and democratization issues.

Applicants with academic and/or professional experience in above-mentioned fields will have an advantage.

 Application process

  • Completed Application Form (online, available at: ) 
  • A full Curriculum Vita (Europass CV available here 
  • Motivation Letters (1500-2000 characters) both in English and Russian  
  • Essay (1500-2000 words) on Human Rights and Democratization related topics (more detailed information concerning the essay topics and requirements can be found in the section “Essay”) 
  • Contact details for two nominees to provide Reference Letters (one from academia, and one from a current or former employer, if the applicant has work experience) 
  • Scanned University Diploma or Diplomas 
  • Academic Transcripts

Additionally, those who have taken English language proficiency tests may indicate their score and include Certificate(s) 

  • English Proficiency Test Score- TOEFL (PBT 513-547; IBT 65-80) or IELTS (5.5-6)*

A selection panel will review all applications and evaluate them against the following selection criteria:

  • Academic merit (Educational background, CV)
  • Motivation: Interest in human rights and democratization issues
  • Provided written paper
  • Commitment to idea of voluntarism and social involvement
  • Experience in relevant fields.

All successful candidates will be shortlisted and invited for interviews.

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