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Masters in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa,University of Pretoria

The university of Pretoria is delighted to call for application from  eligible candidates for a masters degree program in Human Rights and Democratization. The University of Pretoria  is a multi-campus public research university in Pretoria,capital of South Africa, The university was established in 1908.
The LLM/MPhil in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa is a unique programme to which individuals from African countries with experience in the field of human rights are admitted.

Special consideration will be given to African students who can fund their studies. Applicants from Africa who cannot fund therefore qualify for sponsorship consideration if selected for the programme.

Course(s) Offered: Human rights
Course Level: Graduate (masters, internships)
Course Provider: University of Pretoria
Course can be taken at: South Africa, Other African countries


Individuals from all African countries are invited to apply for admission to study for the Master’s Degree (LLM/MPhil) in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa.

Students fit for this:

  • Law students – A degree allowing access to the legal profession (eg LLB or licence en droit)
  • Other students (non-law students) – At least an Honours degree in a discipline relevant to human rights and democratisation

An important new requirement of admission to the programme is that applicants who did not undertake their undergraduate degrees in English are now required to submit test results for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries (but African countries strongly favoured)

Participating Institutions
Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

The LLM/MPhil in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa is a regional co-operation initiative presented in partnership by the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, and the faculties of law at:

  1. Université d’Abomey-Calavi (Benin)
  2. Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia)
  3. University of Alexandria (Egypt)
  4. Catholic University of Central Africa (Cameroon)
  5. Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique)
  6. Université Gaston Berger de Saint Louis (Senegal)
  7. University of Ghana
  8. University of Lagos (Nigeria)
  9. Makerere University (Uganda)
  10. University of Mauritius
  11. University of Nairobi (Kenya)
  12. University of Venda
  13. University of the Western Cape (South Africa)

Fields of study
Masters level courses in the field of Human Rights & Democratisation in Africa.
Number of admissions
A limited number of scholarships is available. About 25 – 30 students are admitted into the programme every year. The total number cannot exceed 30 students for pedagogical reasons.

Course duration
One academic year (two semesters) – from the end of January to early December

Course benefits
This is the only course of its kind in Africa. A

Admitted individuals are taught by world eminent experts in the field of human rights and gain invaluable practical exposure.

Admission is on a competitive basis and bursaries are available.

Method of Application
Applicants must be in possession of a first degree in Law (LLB, licence en droit or licenciatura em direito) or a Honours degree relevant to human rights and democratisation.

There are two ways to apply for this premier course:

  • Online application – you will have to fill out an online form; OR
  • Application by post

To apply for funding, include a one-page letter in your application detailing your financial position and indicating why you need assistance.

It is important to read the Course Brochure(pdf), and also to visit the official website (link to it is below) for detailed information on how to apply to this highly prized course.

For purposes of your application send all documents, including submission of your online form, no later than 31 July each year (i.e. deadline for both Online application and Application by post).

Application Deadline: 31 July 2017
Open to International students:

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