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European Master's Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA)

Short Facts

Academic degree: European Master's Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA)

Duration: 2 semesters

Workload: 60 ECTS-Credits

Working language: English

Where: The E.MA Programme is both a residential and an exchange programme (first semester in Venice/Italy and second semester in one of the 41 participating universities)

Tuition fee: EUR 4.900.- (plus enrolment fee of EUR 150.-)


Start: September 2019

The European 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) - 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. Established in 1997 thanks to the vision of 10 pioneer universities, E.MA is the oldest Master's Programme supported by the European Union.

Aims and Objectives

The aims of the E.MA Programme are to form high-level professionals in the field of Human Rights and Democratisation qualified to work as academics, staff members or field workers for inter-governmental, governmental, and non-governmental organisations, to provide its graduates with some practical field/work experience and to create a European network of curriculum development and staff exchange among universities in the field of Human Rights and Democratisation.

Upon successful completion of the E.MA Programme, students will be able to master in-depth knowledge of recent and current developments in Human Rights and Democratisation, examine Human Rights and Democratisation debates through a solid understanding of theories, concepts and methods and refer to and apply thematic, country and comparative approaches.

International Partners

Programme Organisation

Participating Universities


E.MA Director - University of Graz
Institute of International Law and International Relations Universitätsstraße 15/A4, 8010 Graz
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gerd Oberleitner Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 3418

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