MSc in Human Rights and Multiculturalism

Drammen - Full time

In combining the areas of human rights and multiculturalism, this MSc is unique in Europe.

Study facts

  • Progression of study: Full time
  • Campus: Drammen
  • Teaching model: On Campus
  • Application code: Non-EU 8128 and EU/EEA 8127
  • Study level: Master's degree
  • Credits: 120
  • Closing dates: Non-EU/EEA applicants may apply from 1 October to 1 November. EU/EEA applicants may apply from 1 February to 15 April.
  • Start up: Autumn 2024
  • Teaching Language: English
  • Semesters: 4
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This is Human Rights and Multiculturalism

In combining the areas of human rights and multiculturalism, this MSc is unique in Europe: From an interdisciplinary perspective, it examines various interpretations of human rights, and how human rights are perceived in the context of cultural and other diversities.

The programme is designed to accommodate students with degrees in different academic disciplines.

The program recruits students internationally. The international character of the program contributes to developing intercultural competence, cooperation skills, flexibility and adaptability.

It is very nice to see how committed our professors are to human rights and multiculturalism. There is a lot of good energy in the classroom when we are together. Everyone is very engaged and it is an energetic study environment

Students Cherine and Marianthi 

Why Human Rights and Multiculturalism?

The MSc in Human Rights and Multiculturalism offers post-graduate education in human rights and multiculturalism for students with a BA containing at least 80 ECTS studies within the social sciences or the equivalent.

You will attain good analytical skills in issues related to human rights and multiculturalism both at the micro- and macro levels, applying methods ranging from social science research to education and hermeneutics.

The program pursues an interdisciplinary approach to human rights and multiculturalism, mainly building on humanities and social and political sciences. The curriculum of the degree programme is based on strengths in research and development and the expertise of staff within the disciplines of philosophy, international law, education, political science, social anthropology and religious studies.

When I read about human rights, everything seemed so obvious, but then I experienced that people did not get the protection they were entitled to. I became concerned with understanding how that could happen.

Cherine, student

Where can I work?

With a Master's degree in Human Rights and Multiculturalism you will be able to work in public services and administration, education, media, humanitarian organisations, private corporations and as consultants.

Here are some career examples with former students, who are working as:
  • Minority adviser in a secondary school
  • Project manager for sustainable lifestyles
  • Project manager in a humanitarian organisation
  • Teacher
  • Priest
  • Lecturer in a university
  • Administrative employee in a university
  • PhD student
  • Consultant
  • Social educator in a school
  • Advisor in The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufdir)
  • Mission abroad for the UN
  • Political counselor
  • Legal adviser
  • Volunteer coordinator in Save the Children
  • Regional adviser in Save the Children
  • Program director in an introduction centre
  • Coordinator in the Red Cross
  • Project manager in UNICEF
  • Consultant in The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI)
  • "Lead Campaign Officer" in a Commission for Human Rights
  • "Manager of equity, diversity and inclusion" in a municipality
  • Consultant in the The Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority (Arbeidstilsynet)

What you will learn

Key discourses of human rights, theories of culture, multiculturalism, philosophy of science, and education are addressed throughout the program. Combining the approaches of social sciences, international law and the humanities, you will also receive experience with interdisciplinary research.

You will gain an enhanced and more in-depth knowledge in:

  • the theoretical bases for human rights and multiculturalism,
  • issues in the implementation of national policies,
  • various theoretical approaches to human rights and multicultural education
  • relevant epistemological and methodological discussions.

The MSc in human Rights and multiculturalism seeks to develop:

  • The research abilities and analytical skills of the students;
  • The students’ capacity to identify and handle issues and problems of human rights in contexts of cultural and other diversities;
  • The students’ practical skills with regard to academic writing and scholarly work.

Detailed course information:

The MSc in Human rights and multiculturalism is a two-year full time master program consisting of a combination of courses (75 ECTS) and a strong independent research component (45 ECTS master thesis). The MSc program includes a mandatory module in research methodology with research ethics. For the individual courses please see the program description


Academically, l have been able to critically think ,analyse , valuate and equip myself with various tools from a human right perspectives, and apply this in current and real situations happening in life.


Further studies

You gain experience in interdisciplinary research and will also be qualified to pursue academic research in the field of human rights and cultural diversity.


Human rights and culture are highly relevant topics in today's society. From your studies, you will widen your perspective and learn more about yourself in the process. 


Get international experience

You can take parts of human rights and multiculturalism abroad. Studying abroad can give you the opportunity to expand your international competence, language skills, personal qualities and adaptability. It can also make you more attractive in the job market. We have agreements with foreign universities and colleges adapted to your studies.

Study Plan

A study plan describes the content, structure and organization of a study programme. To each study plan there is a set of subject plans that describe the different subjects. In the subject plan you will also find a reading list. Below you will find a study model that shows you which subjects that are taught each term. In the study model you'll also find links to each subject plan.

warning The study plan for "2024 autumn" is not published yet. To give you an indication of the structure of this study we are showing you a study plan from a previous year.
Study plan for 2023 autumn

warning The study model for "2024 autumn" is not published yet. To give you an indication of the structure of this study we are showing you a model from a previous year.

Admission requirements

This programme requires a  Bachelor's degree (or equivalent), with at least 80 ECTS credits in the following fields:

  • Law

  • the social sciences (e.g. political science, anthropology, religion, psychology or sociology)

  • education,

  • philosophy

  • history

  • Related fields, as long as the study in question includes courses that are relevant for the study of human rights

You must also fulfil the English Requirements, and have a minimum grade average comparable to a Norwegian C.

Up to seven places may be reserved for students from partner institutions engaged in relevant ongoing projects with USN.

Please read all the information about the admission process before you apply and this year, we’re including a video assessment as part of our online application process for all candidates who fulfill the minimum requirements for this programme. More information comes once we have started to process the applications for Fall 2024.

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