Master Programme in Human Rights and Democratization

Deadline: June 30, 2012
Open to: Holders of a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognized higher education institution, equally fluent in English and Russian
Scholarship: Monthly stipend equal to Euro 250 for living expenses and accommodation, plus up to Euro 600, to cover travel expenses


The MA covers human rights and democracy in general, as well as current democratization and human rights issues in the Eastern Partnership Region. Students will be introduced to both the theoretical and practical aspects of human rights and democracy. The application of an interdisciplinary approach will provide students with a solid understanding of the cultural, historical, philosophical, political, legal, sociological and economic aspects of human rights and democratization.

This Programme will be conducted in English and Russian, the two most commonly used languages in the region.

The main feature of this programme is student mobility. The first and second semesters take place in Armenia, at Yerevan State University. The third semester is run by one of the three partner universities.  Students have the opportunity to specialize in one of three modules: Political, Legal and Interdisciplinary.

  • The Political Science Module will be hosted by Belarusian State University;
  • The Legal Module by Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv;
  • The Interdisciplinary Module by University of European Political and Economic Studies.

The fourth semester will be devoted to the completion of a thesis and internship.  To facilitate students’ acquisition of practical knowledge and experience the Programme cooperates with leading Human Rights NGOs in the Eastern Partnership Region.


The Programme is open to all interested applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognized higher education institution. In case of ongoing studies applicants should provide documentation indicating that they will receive their first degree from such an institution by the time of enrolling in the programme.
  • Equally fluent in English and Russian.
  • Have Professional and/or research interest in human rights and democratization issues.

Please note, that applicants with academic and/or professional experience in abovementioned fields will have advantage.


The Programme foresees certain amount of scholarships, which will cover travel expenses (up to Euro 600) and monthly stipend equal to Euro 250 for living expenses and accommodation.

Scholarships will be provided only to non-resident students, studying in countries other than their country of residency



  • A full Curriculum Vita (Europass CV available at:,   
  • Motivation Letters (1500-2000 characters) both in English and Russian  
  • Essay (1500-2000 words) on Human Rights and Democratization related topics (more detailed information concerning the essay topics and requirements can be found in the section “Essay”) 
  • Contact details for two nominees to provide Reference Letters (one from academia, and one from a current or former employer, if the applicant has work experience) 
  • Scanned University Diploma or Diplomas 
  • Academic Transcripts

Additionally, those who have taken English language proficiency tests may indicate thei score and include Certificate(s) 

  • English Proficiency Test Score- TOEFL (PBT 513-547; IBT 65-80) or IELTS (5.5-6)*

*The consortium reserves the right to request evidence of English language proficiency


The applicant needs to:

  • Fill in the online application form: Parts A and B;
  • Fill in Part C uploading CV, Motivation Letters, Essay, 2 reference letters, scanned university diploma/diplomas, university transcripts and English Language Proficiency Test Score (Optional)

Upon successful submission of the application,  confimation letter will be sent to an e-mail address indicated in the application.

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