The European Master's Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA) is organised by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC). The E.MA is primarily financed through the EIUC by the European Union (subject to approval by the budgetary authorities).
The E.MA is an intensive one-year academic programme to educate professionals in the field of human rights and democratisation and provide its graduates with practical work experience. It is a multidisciplinary programme that reflects the indivisible links between human rights, democracy, peace and development. The programme offers an action and policy-oriented approach to learning about international relations, law, philosophy, history, anthropology, political science and sociology. Students have the opportunity to meet and be taught by leading academics, experts and representatives of international organisations (including the European Union, the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe-OSCE) while studying in a multicultural environment.
The E.MA academic year is divided into two semesters: the first semester (September to January) in Venice (Italy), and the second (February to July) at an E.MA participating university situated in the Member States of the EU. At the end of the first semester, students will participate in a training field trip aimed at providing insight into the practical human rights and democratisation work carried out in the context of an international peace-keeping and peace-building operation, such as in Kosovo. During the second semester students follow courses in an area of specialisation of their own choice and to undertake personal supervised research. E.MA students, upon completion of all course's components, are expected to gain both academic and practical skills: on the one hand, the ability to conduct independent and interdisciplinary academic research in relation to human rights and democratisation issues; on the other hand, skills which are relevant to human rights practitioners such as reporting, fact-finding, and monitoring. After successfully passing exams and completing a master's thesis, students will be awarded the European Master's Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation jointly conferred by those Universities of the E.MA participating universities that will have ratified the Joint Degree Agreement.
Applicants are required to hold a university degree of a high standard and must have 240 ECTS credits (with a 180 ECTS minimum university title/degree), normally in a field relevant to human rights, including disciplines in law, social sciences, and the humanities. The additional 60 ECTS credits will normally be obtained through regular university studies but can in exceptional circumstances also be obtained through documented prior learning components that are related to the E.MA curriculum and include a minimum structure of: a) independent project research and/or b) supervised academic learning. The applicant has to carry a workload approximately equivalent to one academic year. The decision whether the applicant meets the 240 ECTS credits will be taken on a case by case basis by the Executive Committee. Applicants completing the degree entry requirements subsequently to the application deadline are requested to provide a current transcript of exams. Eventual admittance into the Programme will be conditional upon documentation of completed degree prior to the beginning of the academic year. Fluency in English and the ability to understand lectures and read academic texts in French are required, as the programme is bilingual. Practical experience in the area of human rights in inter-governmental, governmental, or non-governmental organisations is helpful. The criteria used during the selection process are: academic ability and background, experience, motivation, and language competence. E.MA is open to EU and non-EU citizens. All selected candidates who hold a non-EU degree are required to produce upon admission a “declaration of value“ of their degree. Non-EU applicants are moreover required to obtain a study visa which must cover the entire duration of the academic year (September 2008 - September 2009). Both the study visa and the “declaration of value“ are preconditions for enrolment and should be requested from the Italian Embassy in the applicant‘s home country.
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