The programme has provided me with a greater understanding of social development. As a student, I have gone from being a spectator of society to better understanding human rights and their relation to societal development.

Matilda Andersson, student

Human Rights


This programme provides you with an understanding and knowledge of what constitutes human rights, how human rights are utilised and how the development of human rights is a result of transformation in the world.
Human rights imply that all people are born free, are of equal value and have equal rights. But what rights prevail, how are they monitored and what happens when they are violated?
After graduation, students will be able to work with legal, political or ethical issues within the sphere of human rights. Students can also continue on to master's studies.

Admission requirements

General entry requirements + English B.

For Swedish Upper Secondary Grades merit rating will be calculated according to Områdesbehörighet 6/A6


final grades 66% national university aptitude test 34%


Why study human rights?

The issue of human rights is constantly relevant. By studying them, their importance, history and implementation, we are provided with the opportunity to fully understand current events in public debates, ranging from migration and children's rights to global crime and criminal law.

In this programme, we take a look at the local and international role of human rights, and their role in public authorities, organisations and businesses. The role of human rights in democracies and oppressive regimes will also be studied.


Human Rights at Malmö University

This three-year bachelor's programme provides you with in-depth knowledge of human rights and how they are applied and affected by the world we live in. This is a multi-disciplinary programme, which focuses on viewing human rights through three perspectives:


What role do human rights play in international law? How have these rights changed from commonly held moral norms to law, and what has happened as a result of this?  


How are international communities and governments addressing human rights? We will look at this from a sociological and political perspective.


What questions are raised by these rights? Who decides which rights predominate, and what is the significance of having human rights?

During the programme, you can choose to do an internship, study abroad or take elective courses. This provides you with the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and get practical experience in human rights work, as well as the chance to develop relationships and network with people and organisations in the industry.

What career will you be prepared for?

The diversity of the programme combined with its multidisciplinary focus provides you with competencies attractive in numerous sectors and in a constantly growing labour market. You will be able to work with legal, political and ethical issues, as well as to continue studies at a master’s level.

Future employers may include private sector businesses, local and international organisations and agencies, as well as national authorities and government organisations.

Studying human rights gives you a platform for a career in organisations such as the UN, Amnesty International and the European Union.




Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2019

Programme Code:
SGMRE revision 14
Date of establishment:
02 March 2007
Date of ratification:
27 February 2013
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
02 September 2013

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + English B.


Human rights is a concept that is used all the more frequently in society nowadays, and is applicable to cooperation at both national and international levels. For example, human rights are raised with regards to the pursuits and operational regulations of national and international public authorities, organisations and business concerns. The respect for and the promotion of human rights have become mainstays for the protection of rights and individual security in democracies and stable communities governed by law.
The purpose of the bachelor’s programme in Human Rights is to provide students with an understanding and knowledge of what constitutes human rights, how they are utilised, and how development in this field of study is a consequence of transformation in the world.
The programme is comprised of six semesters of study and leads to a bachelor’s degree in Human Rights. Semester one consists of Human Rights I and provides an introduction to the multidisciplinary approach to human rights characteristic of the programme, i. e. as it relates to law, politics and philosophy. Human Rights I also include a project work in groups.
Semester two consists of studies in Human Rights II, which is an advancement of Human Rights I. The multidisciplinary perspectives from Human Rights I are studied and analysed from an in-depth approach with focus on regional legal human rights systems, universalism and social theory. Human rights II is finalised by a project work including method.
Semester three and four consist of elective studies, which makes it possible for the student to enrol in various exchange programmes, or combine their studies with an internship (one term), as long as the programme coordinator deems the internship to be relevant to the study programme.
Semester five consists of specialised courses within a range of multidisciplinary areas in law, politics, philosophy and religion, for example: Children’s Best Interests in Theory and Practice, Forced Migration in a Human Rights Perspective, Global Justice, International Crimes and Criminal Law, or The Right to Life and Modern Conceptions of Life.
The last semester, semester six, consists of Human Rights III, which includes a theory and method course and is finalised with a BA essay comprising 15 credits.



For programme with start Autumn 2019:
Autumn 2019 - Semester 1
Spring 2020 - Semester 2
Autumn 2020 - Semester 3
  • -
Spring 2021 - Semester 4
  • -
Autumn 2021 - Semester 5
Spring 2022 - Semester 6

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
In order to receive a bachelor's degree in Human Rights, the student shall:
- demonstrate understanding of how human rights are regulated in national legislation and international law, and comprehends the relationship between these two systems;
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the political dimensions of the development and application of human rights;
- demonstrate knowledge and a fundamental understanding of the structure of human rights theories and inducement, in addition to the questions and issues the theories are designed to analyse; and
- demonstrate knowledge of human rights in an international political context.

Competencies and skills

In order to receive a bachelor's degree in Human Rights, the student shall:
- be able to identify, formulate and resolve problems related to human rights from judicial, political and philosophical perspectives;
- possess the skills to apply theories of human rights needed to analyse and evaluate factual conditions and phenomena;
- demonstrate the ability to write academic texts, and give an account of human rights related projects orally and in writing;
- show the ability to accomplish tasks individually or collectively within agreed time frames; and
- use their competence as a basis for a career or further research in relevant areas.

Evaluation and approach

In order to receive a bachelor's degree in Human Rights, the student shall:
- demonstrate the ability to independently analyse and interpret the development of human rights from a multidisciplinary perspective;
- demonstrate the ability to make rational judgements drawing on various methodological aspects within the field of human rights and
- be able to independently evaluate and reflect critically on questions concerning human rights and the role they play in society today.


Bachelor's degree.

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Human Rights.


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department Department of Global Political Studies.

Further information

GPSstudent - Malmö universitet,
Malin Isaksson, Programme Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657282


Contact the Admission Office via or telephone number +46 40 665 75 00.


02 September 2019 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 70000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 210000 SEK

02 September 2019 Day-time 100% Malmö

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 70000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 210000 SEK

03 September 2018 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 70000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 210000 SEK

28 August 2017 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 70000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 210000 SEK