Bachelor of Human Rights
Get the knowledge and skills you need to engage with real-world challenges in human rights and social justice.
Human Rights - Extended major
Get the knowledge and skills you need to engage with real-world challenges in human rights and social justice with the Human Rights (Extended Major). This degree-specific major can only be taken can only be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:
The learning experience
UWA facilities include lecture theatres, case study rooms and break-out areas for group work and individual study.
Careers and further study
With a Bachelor of Human Rights, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to work in a range of areas and organisations.
Potential career paths include:
- Public policy/public service
Further study will allow you to gain a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). It will open up opportunities in academia and research to help you pursue your goals in a wide range of careers, depending on your area of research.
You may also be interested in:
To be considered for this course you need to:
- achieve a minimum ATAR of 85
- demonstrate English language competence - applicants presenting with IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 6.5 and no band less than 6.0
- satisfy any prerequisites for your preferred majors (refer to individual major descriptions for prerequisite details)
You can view the prerequisites and recommended subjects for your chosen course here.
View our admission requirements for specific information, depending on your education history.
Assured Pathway information
If you have a professional career in mind, take advantage of one of our Assured Pathways. An Assured Pathway gives you an assured place in one of our postgraduate professional courses (such as Law, Engineering or Medicine) from the start of your studies with us. The pathways combine a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, providing you with a clearer direction to your career of choice.
Admission entry to UWA
We offer a number of other pathways for you to gain entry into our undergraduate degrees if you do not meet the standard admission requirements. Learn more about our admission entry pathways.
About the Bachelor of Human Rights
Human rights have become the dominant language in which contentious social and political questions are debated, worldwide. Activists appeal to human rights in defence of the oppressed. A complex set of global institutions has evolved, centred around human rights and a flourishing field of academic inquiry is now devoted to debating human rights issues.
UWA’s Bachelor of Human Rights is a unique, interdisciplinary program of study that equips you with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage with real-world issues in human rights, and related areas such as social justice. You will examine these ideas from a variety of perspectives; legal, historical, political, practical, and philosophical. You will also gain invaluable analytical skills essential for success in the workplace.
- February and July
- 3 years full-time
Why study Human Rights at UWA?
- Human rights are the dominant language in which contentious social and political questions are debated globally. UWA is the only university in Western Australia that provides undergraduate students the opportunity to undertake a full program of study in human rights.
- The Bachelor of Human Rights is a unique, interdisciplinary program, that allows students the opportunity to study human rights from a wide variety of perspectives – legal, political, philosophical, practical, and historical. Your teachers will be leading experts in their respective fields.
- Gain vital experience and connections with opportunities for internships and contact with people working on human rights issues.
You'll learn to
- Understand the central issues in the study of human rights and learn about real-world human rights challenges from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives. This will give you the capacity to approach complex social and political problems from a range of perspectives.
- Gain vital, transferable skills in critical thinking, writing, and analysis – skills in constant demand from employers.
- Learn how to apply human rights (and associated ideas – e.g. social justice) to contentious social and political questions, and to understand rights-based issues with respect to matters of public policy, and corporate practices.
First in Western Australia
Put theory into practice
Current UWA students are eligible to take one of our professional experience units. These units bridge the gap between university and the workplace by providing opportunities to gain hands-on, practical experience. You can master new skills, make connections and network, get a taste of the opportunities in the workforce and add experience to your resume, all before graduating.
Find out more about Work Integrated Learning.
Human Rights (extended major)
The extended major in Human Rights is a unique, interdisciplinary program of study that equips students with the knowledge and skills to engage with real-world issues in human rights and related areas such as social justice and inequality.
Human Rights can be taken as a degree-specific major in the:
- Bachelor of Human Rights
- Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
- Bachelor of Human Rights and Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Human Rights and Bachelor of Commerce
Graduate with two degrees
The combined degree option allows you to pair your Bachelor of Human Rights degree with another passion, broadening your career options and giving you an edge in a rapidly changing workforce.
You can combine the Bachelor of Human Rights with:
You’ll graduate with two Bachelor degrees in just four years, opening up a world of possible career paths while broadening your knowledge, networks and horizons.
Duration: 4 years