Application deadline:

31 July 2024

Operational Duration

This premier course, the only one if its kind, focuses specifically on human rights as seen from the African perspective. The course is presented full time over one academic year (two semesters) that runs from the end of January to early December and comprises eight modules.


First semester

The first semester (January to June) is spent at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, studying the following modules:

  • Module 1: Methodology of human rights research, education and advocacy
  • Module 2: Democratisation in Africa
  • Module 3: International and comparative human rights
  • Module 4: Human rights in Africa
  • Module 5: Introduction to the South African legal system and Bill of Rights
  • Module 6: Human rights in the field (Field trip)

Second semester

At the end of the first semester, the class is divided into seven groups, each of which spends the next five months at one of the partner universities where they complete the following two modules and/or internships:

  • Module 7: Accredited courses
  • Module 8: Dissertation