EMA call for applications for the academic year 2024/2025

Admissions to the 2024/2025 edition of the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation are open!

Application deadlines: Non-EU and scholarship applicants: 12 February 2024

EU and self-funded applicants: 16 April 2024.

The European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA) is one of the eight Regional Master’s Programmes organised by the Global Campus of Human Rights. EMA was created with the support of the European Union and 43 universities from all EU member states, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.


EMA is a one-year advanced master’s course aimed at educating professionals in the field of human rights and democratisation. The Master’s degree offers an action- and policy-oriented approach to learning that combines legal, political, historical, anthropological, and philosophical perspectives with skill-building activities, and in-depth study of the following areas: Human Rights Institutions, Mechanisms and Standards; Human Rights in Context: Historical, Philosophical, Religious and Anthropological Perspectives; Globalisation, Development and Human Rights; Building and Protecting Democracy; Human Rights, Peace and Security.

EMA provides the foundation for a career in national, international, governmental, inter-governmental and nongovernmental organisations, as well as academic institutions dealing with human rights and democratisation.


EMA is both a residential and an exchange programme . The first semester from September to January is organised at Global Campus Headquarters in Venice and the second semester from February to July takes place in one of the 43 participating universities . The multidisciplinary EMA Programme includes lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, skill-building sessions and individual research.


EMA is open to EU and non-EU citizens. The criteria adopted during the selection process are academic ability and background, relevant additional academic work, courses or publications, relevant practical experience, motivation and language competence. Applicants are required to 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). Certified fluency in English is an admission requirement to the programme.


The tuition fee for the academic year 2024/2025 is 5650.00€, payable in two instalments.

Tuition fees cover all EMA courses, both in the first and second semester; reading materials for the first semester; tutoring; access to Global Campus' specialised library; lunch on class and exam days; individual access to our e-learning platform; use of available IT facilities (including wireless area and computer room), and the field trip (subject to final budgetary approval).

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


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

More information about EMA, the faculty and the programme can be found at gchumanrights.org/ema .

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