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Master of Human Rights and Democratisation
(Asia Pacific Regional Program)
This program is co-funded by the European Union.
The Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) (APMA – formerly known as the MHRD) is hosted at Mahidol University’s Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP). The APMA partnership has been running for seven years and has graduated over 140 students. The degree has contributed much to the capacity of emerging leaders in the Asia Pacific region who protect and promote human rights and democracy. The university partners are:
Outline of the Program:
Many of those coming into the degree will already be working in the field of human rights, democratisation or related sectors such as development, peace, humanitarian, democracy, and environment. It is anticipated that the research and advocacy skills, as well as the expanded knowledge base that students will acquire through the degree, will significantly assist graduates when working in the internationalized context of rights and democracy. Graduates will be qualified to work in policy, advocacy and research positions in non-governmental, governmental and inter-governmental organisations.
The APMA program is taught across two campuses. All students will study first semester at the IHRP, Mahidol University (Thailand). Second semester students will study at one of the four partner universities in Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, or Nepal.
First Semester-Mahidol University
The first semester at Mahidol University consists of four courses and runs from August till November 2017. The first semester curriculum consists of a foundational program, made up of four core units of study. These units are compulsory for all students and include the following:
Second Semester – Mahidol University
There is an intensive course at IHRP in January 2018, before students travel to the partner university for the second semester which runs from February to July 2018.
Second Semester- Regional Partner University
At the partner university students study two courses and undertake a research project. Scholarships students will be assigned to a partner for their second semester according to the best fit with their study preferences. Fee-paying students can select any of the partners for their second semester.
The research project takes two forms:
MA Dissertation: A Master’s level dissertation supervised by program academic staff
Action Research Dissertation: A research paper done in cooperation with an internship placement
Second Semester placement
Students will study the second semester at one of the four partner universities, the University of Colombo (Sri Lanka), Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia), the Kathmandu School of Law (Nepal) and Ateneo de Manila University (the Philippines). The placement at the second semester will be made by the Selection Committee based on the following criteria:
Global Campus of Human Rights and Democratisation Programmes
The APMA is part of a network of human rights and democratisation Masters courses made up of over 100 universities around the world. This network, the Global Campus of Human Rights and Democratisation Programmes, is funded through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) enabled by the European Commission. The APMA represents the Asia Pacific region in this programme of seven regional Masters taking place across five continents, details of these can be found at the EIUC webpage (www.eiuc.org.)
There will be approximately 20 scholarships available for applicants from the Asia Pacific region. Students must be a citizen of AND residing in any of the following countries.
Note: The country of citizenship and residence does not need to be the same.
Hong Kong SAR
Papua New Guinea
Scholarships will be awarded according to a competitive combination of at least two of the following selection criteria:
Admission Requirements and Process
1. Have an undergraduate Bachelors degree (or equivalent from a recognized university)
2. Have high English language proficiency (at least a score of 500 for TOEFL or 6.0 for IELTS)
Click here for Application Information Sheet
How to Apply
Click here for Application Form. For APMA Program Details and Admission-Scholarship Application Kit: http://bit.ly/APMA2017. For any inquiries, please email contact:
The first round of applications is open to all applications (Scholarship and Non-Scholarship Applicants). The deadline for the first round closes on 1 April, 2017. Applicants in the first round, including scholarship offers, will be notified of their results by 30 April 2017.
The second round of applications open to all non-scholarship applicants and the closing date is on 30 May, 2017. Second round applicants will be notified of their results by 10 June 2017.
Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies,
Mahidol University, Salaya Campus,
999 Phuttamonthon 4 Rd, Nakhon Pathom
Office Tel : (66) 2-441-0813-5
Fax : (66) 2-441-0872-3