Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (MHRD) – Local Programme

The Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Local) Programme is designed for academics, professionals and highly motivated graduates. The degree offers students a unique opportunity to engage first-hand with regional and international human rights as well as democratisation issues, and to interact with internationally acclaimed academics, practitioners and experts. It also provides the learning opportunity to interact with a group of international students from the Mahidol University, Thailand.

Download Application for 2019/2020

Deadline Extended: 31 July 2019

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Course duration
August 2019 – July 2020

MHRD By-laws and Course structure

MHRD Moodle 

Lecture dates: Friday afternoons and Saturday


Programme Structure:

First Semester (July to December)

  • Human Rights Norms and Mechanisms
  • Human rights and Democratisation Research
  • Dynamics of Human Rights Violations
  • Democracy Theory and Practice

Second semester (January to July – with international students following the Asia Pacific Regional MHRD Programme)

  • Human Rights Norms and Mechanisms (Part II)
  • Critical and Emerging Issues in the Asia Pacific Region
  • Dissertation or Internship Placement
Course Fee: LKR 190,000/- 


  • Bachelor’s Degree in humanities, social sciences or law
  • Bachelor’s Degree in any other area and with relevant work experience in the field of human rights and democratisation


  • Professional qualification with experience as deemed relevant
  • Excellent knowledge in English

(*competence in English is subject to a test)

Applications can be obtained from CSHR by providing the paying voucher of Rs.2000/- to any branch of the People’s Bank, in favor of ‘University of Colombo – Main Collection Account’ to the AC No: 335024100008. Alternatively, applications can be downloaded from the CSHR website and submitted with the paying voucher.

Completed applications along with copies of certificates can be submitted by post, email or hand delivery to the following address by 3rd July 2019;

The Director

Centre for the Study of Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo,

94 Cumarathunga Munidasa Mawatha, Colombo 03

Tel : 011 2500879/2503017, Fax : 011 2598462

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