Professional Master in Governance and Human Rights

Good Governance - Human Rights - Justice

The Masters Programme in Governance and Human Rights connects the theory of science with its practical application. In seven modules, the students will learn to analyse and understand legal and political theories of governance and international and regional human rights regimes and how they are interrelated. The students and scholars of the Master of Governance and Human Rights will design, plan, organise, and realise their own project addressing a practical challenge related to the field of governance and human rights.

Upcoming dates: 28- April 2021: Online Information Event from 6-7pm, Register now! // 31 May 2021: Application deadline // 25./26. June 2021: Digital Information Day // September 2021: Next intake


Project-based learning is of central importance for the programme. The students will learn to conceptualise and contribute to social change and acquire the design and communication skills to adapt theoretical approaches to governance and human rights to their professional working environment, e.g. as part of corporate social responsibility (CSR) or sustainable development policies. They will be taught and supervised by outstanding and renowned international human rights academics, practitioners and experienced project coaches.

Why Governance and Human Rights?

The programme’s focus is based on the premise that governance and human rights reciprocally reinforce one-another. Yet, the translation and integration of concepts and theories into practical strategies is largely missing in most applied projects or policies. Governance principles such as accountability, transparency and participation have to be linked to human rights norms and standards. Conversely, the realization and implementation of human rights depends on the adherence to governance principles. The programme further includes and reflects on the role of new governance actors in the fields influencing the realization of human rights, such as multinational companies, civil society and international organisations.

About the programme

Please click on Curriculum for further information.

Recommended by the UN

The Masters programme is recommended and listed as an official human rights training programme by the Human Rights Education Network of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. More information

„This Masters programme has a very international atmosphere. You have the opportunity to get to know different approaches and perspectives in the field of human rights and governance by exchanging first hand experiences from people all over the world.“
Ana Lozano, student
Ana Lozano, student in the Master Governance and Human Rights ©privat
„Over the past years I’ve become increasingly aware of the unacceptable living conditions and suffering that millions of people face on a daily basis. Women and girls particularly face tremendous issues that I want to help alleviate and raise awareness about.“
Anna-Kate Bultema, student
Anna-Kate Bultema, student in the Master Governance and Human Rights ©Leuphana
„The programme offers a one of a kind combination of theory and practice. Being able to study this exceptional subject while working lets me apply what I learn on the go and enables me to promote and protect human rights effectively.“
Joscha Oelgemöller, student
Joscha Oelgemöller, student in the Master Governance and Human Rights ©privat

Career prospects

The Masters programme teaches students how to use governance tools to protect human rights. There is a focus on practice that allows you to apply your new theoretical and soft skills in real life situations. Graduates of this programme are experts in different areas of human rights and governance, in fundraising and project management, in social media and campaigning as well as design thinking (creativity techniques). They are equipped for human rights-related roles in businesses, international organisations and non-profit organisations and charitable institutions.

As graduates of the M.A. Governance and Human Rights, students will:

  • possess a comprehensive understanding of Governance principles and the means to critically examine them
  • be acquainted with  the various Human Rights principles, norms and standards
  • know how to apply Governance principles in order to promote Human Rights
  • be able to organise the work in for-profit businesses as well as in non-profit and non-governmental organisations, including issues such as funding, project management etc.
  • be prepared for work in international organisations, especially dealing with challenges in the area of human rights
Career prospects with the Masters Governance and Human Rights ©Leuphana/Merle Busch
Career prospects with the Masters Governance and Human Rights

Admission requirements and application

Who are potential applicants?

This Masters programme in Governance and Human Rights has been developed for students and learners with professional experience or an interest in the area of development, politics, business, the non-profit sector or international organisations. Applicants have to hold at least a first university degree (e.g. Bachelor).

Go to application website

Course of study

Classes are scheduled on ten days in a semester. You can complete the course assignments by working with study materials (books, lecture notes, distance-learning) before and after class. This enables an optimum combination of study-time and professional life.

Distance Learning

Information about distance-learning you will find here.

Costs and Funding

Why are tuition fees charged for the professional Governance and Human Rights Masters?

Unlike for standard full-time or part-time Masters programmes taken at university, fees are payable for continuing education programmes such as the Governance and Human Rights Masters. This is because the entire course has to be funded from fees as the state does not subsidise such programmes.

What are the fees for the Governance and Human Rights Masters?

The fees for the professional Governance and Human Rights Masters are 9900 euros. A semester contribution, currently around 207 euros, is also charged each semester.

Is funding available?

A range of funding options are available for professional programmes. Which ones are open to you will depend on your individual circumstances. We have put together a list of funding options for you on our website. You can also use our financial advisory service.

At a glance

Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Credit Points: 90 
Length of Study: 4 terms extra-occupational
Language: English
Study Places: 25
Start Date: in September
Application Deadline: May 31
Costs: 9.900 Euro (total tuition cost), plus the current term contribution of 207 Euro per term
Programme Director: Prof. Dr. Alessandra Asteriti

Great reasons to choose the professional Governance and Human Rights Masters

Gain a Masters degree whilst working in just 4 semesters with only 3 block seminars and e-learning – The only programme of its kind globally – Exchange with fellow students from around the world – Global network – Small groups – Free and expert advice

Resources and events for prospective students

Are you con­side­ring a pro­fes­sio­nal Mas­ters Governance and Human Rights and would like to find out more? Why not take ad­van­ta­ge of our wide ran­ge of in­for­ma­ti­on and ad­vi­so­ry events and ser­vices:

  • Online information event: 28 April 2021: Online Information Event from 6-7pm, Register now! If you have mis­sed our On­line-In­for­ma­ti­on-Event, you can have a look at the recording.
  • Information days: Twice a year, the Professional School information day showcases the Masters programmes for prospective students. Next digital information day: 25./26. June 2021 – find out more
  • Request material: We are happy to send you information material on request. Request material here
  • Individual consultation and application check: Many questions are best resolved in a personal consultation. To set up your appointment, please contact the programme coordinator, Dr. Elena Kropacheva (, phone 04131.677-7921). The consultation is also an opportunity to have your application checked and ask any questions about the recognition of credits.

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This programme received external accreditation by the FIBAA.

Contact & Advising


Prof. Dr. Alessandra Asteriti
Universitätsallee 1, C4.215b
21335 Lüneburg


Dr. Elena Kropacheva
Wilschenbrucher Weg 84, W.410
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-7921

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