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Degree structure

Degree details

Students will achieve the following outcomes from the Graduate Certificate:

  1. apply knowledge of the principles and concepts of human rights in work and community settings
  2. critically analyse political, service, policy and moral issues using a human rights framework; Think creatively to develop human rights based solutions to social and political problems
  3. locate, critically evaluate and synthesise relevant evidence and human rights literature
  4. communicate, both verbally and in writing, comprehensive analyses of complex human rights data or theories
  5. use technologies to effectively collect information and communicate findings
  6. demonstrate ability in self-directed learning
  7. recognise the global nature of human rights issues and apply knowledge of practices learned
  8. demonstrate a critical appreciation of diverse cultural aspects of human rights theory and practice
  9. demonstrate ability to work ethically and independently on study and fieldwork projects, as well as work collaboratively with fellow students, staff and colleagues in the field.

Graduates will have opportunities in careers including education, diplomatic services, human rights organisations, international development programs and government agencies.

Higher education

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree.

Work and Life

Applicants without an undergraduate degree are required to demonstrate relevant work experience. Each application based on work experience should contain additional documentation demonstrating the relevance of  work experience. Each application is assessed on its merit.

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all degrees are taught in English. If your education degrees were not solely in English, as per the International Handbook of Universities or the World Higher Education database, please attach a scanned original copy of English Proficiency Test results. Admission requires an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) (or equivalent test) score of at least 6.5 and competence in all test components (IELTS score of 6.0).

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

International applicants must have the following minimum IELTS scores:

  • Writing and Reading 6.0, Speaking and Listening 6.0, Overall score 6.5

Applicants for a Graduate Certificate are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/. Applicants generally require a Bachelor Degree or equivalent credit gained for recognised learning.

*** Please Note: If any academic or legal document is not in English, you must provide a colour scan of the non-English documents, including a colour scan of the official English translations of these documents. This is for comparison purposes. ***

Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) is assessed on individual merit and is awarded for different types of learning, for example, studies you have previously completed or for relevant work experience.

Students must be admitted in an award degree of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all required supporting documentation for a formal assessment.

To apply for CRL, please visit the Curtin University website: https://study.curtin.edu.au/credit/

It is important to note accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For further information see the scanned documents and certification requirements and guidelines.

More information about the policies and procedures related to CRL assessment and appealing a CRL assessment outcome can be found in the Credit for Recognised Learning manual (PDF).

If you have any questions, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au

This degree is an entry pathway to the Master of Human Rights for those who do not have a relevant degree. It is for human rights workers, those who would hope to work in the human rights field, professionals who wish to apply human rights principles to their practice, development workers, non government organisation workers, activists, teachers, mediation and conflict workers, and community workers. It involves the study of the theory and philosophy of human rights across different cultural, religious, philosophical and political traditions, and how these ideas can be translated into practice in the contemporary world. This degree is for those working both in Australia and internationally. It is multidisciplinary, and provides an opportunity for those from different cultural backgrounds, professions and disciplines to dialogue about human rights and develop their ideas and skills in human rights practice.

Award Requirements

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Human Rights students must complete 4 subjects.