ARMA, The Arab Master’s Programme in Democracy and Human Rights
The Arab Master in Democracy and Human Rights (ArMA) is a unique programme designed to meet the needs of students, professionals and experts who want to deepen their knowledge and develop their skills in the field of democratic governance and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa. Established in 2015, it is the youngest of the Global Campus’ seven regional masters.
The Arab Master in Democracy and Human Rights is supported by a growing network of partner universities from the region:
- Saint Joseph University (Lebanon) as the coordinating University
- Birzeit University (Palestine)
- The International University of Rabat (Morocco)
- The University of Carthage (Tunisia)
Professors from the University of Jordan (Jordan) and the University of Cairo (Egypt) are also engaged in the programme.
The partnership is also open to institutions beyond the region such as:
- The Danish Institute for Human Rights
- The University of Southern Denmark
A programme tailored to your academic background and educational needs
Candidates can choose between two tracks depending on their academic background.
- An accelerated 1-year track
This track gives direct access to the second year of the programme to students who hold an M1 in social sciences (or the equivalence of 60 European postgraduate credits). Students admitted to this track are required to take all core courses of the second year in addition to specific foundational courses depending on their academic background. They can also choose specialisation courses that fit their career perspectives.
- A comprehensive 2-year track
This track offers a full post-graduate programme that provides students with a solid theoretical base, multidisciplinary knowledge and skills, and an informed and critical understanding of the field of human rights and democratic governance. It includes field visits, field research, regional mobility, and an internship geared towards developing the student’s practical and professional skills.
Our international academic staff brings together professors, experts and practitioners coming from over 10 countries and sharing with students their knowledge, professional experience and expertise.
Our programme attracts students who are interested in understanding regional dynamics and country-specific socio-political trends across the Middle East and North Africa. It is also geared to professionals who want to back their experience in development, democratisation and human rights with solid scholarship.
ARMA includes research-oriented courses and practical training programmes in the field of human rights and democratisation. It attracts students, researchers and experts from the region and beyond because of its comparative approach and interdisciplinary character.
It offers cross-regional mobility across the Arab World: while based in Beirut, Lebanon, the programme allows students to spend a semester in one of the member universities such as Birzeit University (Palestine), the International University of Rabat (Morocco), and the University of Carthage (Tunisia). Students can also spend a semester with partners in Egypt and Jordan.
Students will acquire theoretical and practical knowledge and insights into the region and the master’s main thematics; students will develop research and practical skills. ArMA includes a week-long field trip and offers the possibility of doing internships in leading national and international organisations across the region.
ARMA is a unique learning experience, rich in interdisciplinary content, academic activities and field-related work. Students will develop long-term relations across the region and beyond.