The European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA) offers an action- and policy-oriented approach to learning that combines interdisciplinary perspectives with skills building activities. While studying in a multicultural environment, students have the opportunity to meet and be taught by leading academics representing the 41 E.MA participating universities, officials of international organisations (including the European Union, the United Nations and the Council of Europe) and experts and practitioners of national and international NGOs.
E.MA: your next Master's programme
The European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA) - organised by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) - is:
- An intensive one-year course aimed at educating up to 100 professionals annually in the field of human rights and democratisation
- An action- and policy-oriented approach to learning that combines legal, political, historical, anthropological, and philosophical perspectives with skills building activities
- An in-depth study of the following areas: Human Rights Institutions, Mechanisms and Standards; Human Rights in Context: Historical, Philosophical, Religious and Anthropological Perspectives; Democratisation; Human Rights and Globalisation; Human Rights and Security
- A study trip to familiarize with human rights field work
- Specialised supervised research for the Master’s thesis in one of the 41 participating universities
- A Joint Degree conferred by prestigious European universities
- The foundation for a successful career in national, international, governmental, inter- and non-governmental organisations, as well as academic institutions dealing with human rights and democratisation
E.MA is a unique learning and human experience shaped by:
- 41 participating universities from all member states of the European Union
- A prestigious faculty composed of leading academics, officials of international organisations (including the European Union, the United Nations and the Council of Europe) and renowned experts and practitioners of national and international NGOs
- An international, multicultural and diverse student body with a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, experiences and motivations
- An Advisory Board composed of representatives of prominent organisations such as the EU, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNESCO, Council of Europe, OSCE, European Union Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), Human Rights Watch, International Committee of the Red Cross, International Committee of Jurists, International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims, No Peace without Justice, Terre des Hommes
Below are 10 reasons why people choose E.MA:
Interdisciplinary nature of programme compared with more traditional approach of other universities
- Range of high level academics, experts, officials from a variety of institutions and organisations, most of whom engage on a daily basis in human rights practice and thus are always abreast of the latest developments and debates
- Combination of theory and practice
- A study trip to familiarize with human rights field work
- European mobility: first Venice, historically at the centre of a multicultural approach to international relations, and then one of the many prestigious universities and human rights centres participating in the programme
- Possibility to do internships and fellowships in leading human rights organisations
- Ties with EU institutions and links with international governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations for a regional and at the same time global experience
- Attractive placement opportunities
- Extensive worldwide E.MAlumni Association for contacts, job opportunities, career development, projects, research
- A unique human experience during which all those involved (students, faculty and resident staff) develop long-term bonds and networks with each other
The E.MA academic year is divided into two semesters:
- First Semester: September to January
- Second Semester: February to July
The thesis defence and awarding of diplomas take place in Venice in September.
E.MA is both a residential and an exchange programme:
- First Semester in Venice, Italy
- Second semester in one of the 41 participating universities within the members states of the European Union
After graduation E.MAlumni can be found worldwide in key international human rights organisations and academic institutions, but also in field missions or back home working for their own Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Development Aid agencies or national NGOs.
E.MA is open to EU and non-EU citizens.
The criteria used during the selection process are:
- academic ability and background
- 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 the humanities and must have a minimum of 180 ECTS (Bachelor/General Degree).
Candidatures can be considered as long as the applicant has obtained a degree corresponding to:
- 180 ECTS credits (generally a 3-year course) or
- 240 ECTS credits (generally a 4-year course) or
- A combination of a degree of 180 ECTS and relevant proven additional experience or studies (such as 1-year MA or summer courses)
Applicants completing the degree entry requirements subsequently to the application deadline are requested to provide a current transcript of exams. Eventual admission into the Programme will be conditional upon receipt of documentation of the completed degree (by 31 August 2016).
All selected candidates who hold a non-EU degree are required to produce upon admission a “declaration of value” of their degree. Non-EU candidates are moreover required to obtain a study visa which must cover the entire duration of the academic year (September 2016 – September 2017). Both the study visa and the “declaration of value” are preconditions for enrolment and should be requested from the competent Italian Embassy or representation offices.
Additional studies and experience
Additional studies and practical experience in the area of human rights in inter-governmental, governmental, or non-governmental organisations are helpful.
Certified fluency in English is an admission requirement to the programme. While not a prerequisite, the ability to understand lectures and read academic texts in French is a definite advantage for participation in the programme.
How to Apply
Thank you for your interest in the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation.
The call for applications for the academic year 2016/2017 is now open. Please note that applications will be processed on an on-going basis. The sooner you sent your application the more chances you will have to be accepted in E.MA 2016/2017.
First Round Deadline: 15 January 2016.
Second Round Deadline: 15 March 2016.
If selected, please note that you will have to provide the E.MA Secretariat with the originals of your university degree and transcript of exams. Applicants completing the degree entry requirements subsequently to the application deadline are requested to provide a current transcript of exams. Admittance into the programme is conditional upon documentation of completion of studies prior the beginning of the new academic year (31 August 2016).
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted in due time and by 31 May 2016 at the latest.
Wishing you good luck for the selection process,
The E.MA Team
In order to submit your application, please read carefully the admission criteria and follow the steps below:
STEP 1 - Application processing fee
In order for your application to be considered it is mandatory that you pay the application processing fee of 50 (fifty) Euro by one of the following methods:
- Secure Online Payment System
- Bank transfer to the following bank account only if the method above is not available to you:
Beneficiary: Centro Interuniversitario Europeo per i Diritti Umani e la Democratizzazione
Bank: Banca Prossima
Bank address: Piazza Paolo Ferrari, 10 – 20121 Milano
For money transfer between the countries included in the SEPA Region (Single Euro Payments Area):
IBAN code (International Bank Account Number): IT17 G033 5901 6001 0000 0071 102
For money transfer from countries not included in the SEPA Region:
ABI Code: 03359 - CAB Code: 01600
Bank account C/C: 1000 000 71102
Please include the following transfer description:
- Name and surname of the applicant for whom the payment is made
(IMPORTANT: make sure this information is clearly indicated if the payment is made through the bank account of a relative or friend)
- European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation
- APPLICATION PROCESSING FEE
For technical problems concerning the above methods of payment, please contact Ms. Dania Ferrarese .
Once you have completed the payment, please make an electronic copy of your receipt of payment and upload it on the application form (step 2)
STEP 2 - Application form
Only applications submitted through the form provided here will be accepted.
The entire application, including the motivation and the CV has to be submitted in English. Please also include a non-certified English translation of the required proofs, if the original certificates were not issued in English, French, Spanish or Italian.
- If you do not intend to apply for EIUC’s financial support, please fill in your application form here
- If you intend to apply for EIUC’s financial support, please fill in your application form here
For any problem concerning your submission, please contact the E.MA Secretariat
For clarification on the letters of reference and English language certificates refer to the exhaustive explanation comprised in the Frequently Asked Questions Section of our website.
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