Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights MA/PGDip


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MA Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights
MA: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time; PGDip: 9 months full-time, 18 months part-time
Entry requirements
2.1(or international equivalent) in any discipline
Other requirements
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September or January
University Park
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This course explores recent changes to the global cultural and political landscape, and what these mean for individuals and groups accessing their human rights.
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Demand for various forms of expertise on human rights, citizenship and identities is rapidly expanding as governments, international agencies, non-governmental and private sector organisations become increasingly sensitive to, and interested in questions about rights and identities.

In the current global context, national versions of citizenship have reached crisis point. Yet what does it mean to think of yourself as a global citizen? This course investigates critical global issues such as war, migration, climate change, credit crunch, nationalism, global media, sex tourism, modern slavery, gender and sexuality and contemporary racism.

It is particularly suited to social science and arts graduates who wish to pursue careers in non-governmental organisations, academia, civil service or journalism. It provides advanced sociological knowledge of debates on human rights, citizenship, globalisation and identities, and offers opportunities to develop specialist understanding of post-conflict cultures, human rights law and/or of media and globalisation, rights and identities.

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Magnolia Zavala

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Course details

Across the autumn and spring semesters, you will take 120 credits of core and optional modules. You will also be encouraged to undertake voluntary work with a non-governmental organisation.

MA students will complete a 60-credit 15,000-word dissertation over the summer, and an appropriate dissertation supervisor will oversee your progress.

Previous topics have included:

  • To what extent do the campaigns carried out by international non-governmental organisations reflect the social model of disability?
  • Building global citizenship and awareness of education: the role of the NGO
  • British Pakistani Muslim mothers perceptions post 7/7 living in the city of Nottingham
  • The internet as a realm of civic engagement: how the internet has impacted the participation of women in the public sphere in Egypt and Jordan from 2006-2011 and why internet and accessibility is essential for their employment
  • Understanding treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in Britain and what steps can be taken to better protect their human rights


Modules are typically assessed through a 5,000-word (or two 2,500-word) essay or report, usually on a topic of your choice.




Between Europe and the Middle East: Critical Questions of Citizenship and Identity

This module will focus on two geo-political regions: Europe and the Middle East in order to explore and analyse a set of relevant discourses that pertain to understandings and experiences of citizenship and the political conditions for full citizenship. 

Discourses of freedom, human rights, democracy, gender and multi-culturalism will be of particular concern. These discourses will be situated within the specific regions of Europe and the Middle East and the module will end with the case example of Turkey as a country which perhaps bridges the Middle East and Europe.

Globalisation, Citizenship and Identity

This module considers the following key debates in the contemporary study of citizenship, identities and globalisation:

Block one:

  • Global and cosmopolitan citizenship
  • Globalisation, identity and violence
  • Gendering globalisation and citizenship, and globalising gender
  • Minorities, multiculturalism and politics of difference
  • Intimate/sexual citizenship

Block two:

  • From 'imagined communities' to the 'shock of denationalisation'
  • Ethnicity: culture politicized
  • Globalisation and 'resistance identities'
  • Transnationalism and diasporas
  • Theories of (contemporary) racism
Human Rights and Critical Modern Slavery

This module critically interrogates dominant liberal discourse on human rights and modern slavery.

Drawing on academic, popular and policy debate on human rights and case studies of phenomena that are deemed to constitute contemporary human enslavement - such as human trafficking, prostitution, domestic servitude, worst forms of child labour, forced labour and bonded labour in a number of sectors and regions - the module offers an opportunity to critically deconstruct the theoretical and political assumptions that underpin this discourse. 

The module ultimately aims to draw your attention to the deep connections between human rights and social, economic and political inequality on the basis of gender, class, race, sexuality, age and other identity markers under contemporary conditions of globalisation.

Dissertation in Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights (MA only)

You will undertake a supervised dissertation of 15,000 words on a topic of their choice (subject to the approval of the course director).



You will choose 40 credits of optional modules from the School of Sociology and Social Policy, or schools/departments across the University, subject to approval.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



Funding information is available on the school website and can also be found on the Graduate School website.

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans of up to £10,609 for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.



This course is particularly beneficial if you wish to pursue a career in non-governmental organisations, academia, civil service or journalism, as it provides advanced-level sociological knowledge of debates on human rights, citizenship, globalisation and identities.

It also offers opportunities to develop specialist understanding of post-conflict cultures, human rights law and/or of media and globalisation, rights and identities.

Our postgraduates move into a wide range of careers following their time in the school. The level of study develops vital skills and can give you a head start in the job market, enabling you to develop self-discipline and motivation that is essential for a variety of fields.

Employability and average starting salary

100% of postgraduates from the School of Sociology and Social Policy who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £28,007 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £52,219.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career and professional development

Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.

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