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What will I learn?

Equip yourself to promote and protect human rights in local and international contexts

Students in the Human Rights stream of the Graduate Diploma in Social Justice will gain a critical understanding of the roots of human rights violations and the tools and mechanisms deployed to promote and protect them, while developing key skills in research, analysis, communication and advocacy that can be applied in domestic, regional and international contexts.

Why study with us:

Obtain vital knowledge of international and regional human rights systems and investigate the roots of human rights violations. Principles drawn from many disciplines and a range of geographically diverse case studies will inform your thinking. This stream has a domestic, regional, and global outlook, exploring the political, social, legal, and cultural contexts of human rights challenges in Australia, in the Asia-Pacific region, and in the world. Students practice advocacy skills in a compelling and intensive simulated human rights exercise.

Graduate opportunities

The study of human rights prepares students for exciting and meaningful work in range of industries. International organisations, government agencies, NGOs, and the business sector all need people trained in the language and tools of human rights. Our human rights graduates work in the following organisations:

  • UNDP
  • UN Women
  • International Labour Organization
  • International Organization for Migration
  • World Health Organization
  • ActionAid Australia
  • CARE
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
  • Amnesty International
  • Settlement Services International
  • FORUM Asia
  • ABC News
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance
  • Westpac
  • Woolworth’s Human Rights team

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$43,500.00 (23,92,739) per year
Year 1 Tuition fee: AUD $43,500; This indicative tuition fee is subject to annual increase each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

25 June 2022

More details

Start date

1 August 2022


The University of Sydney

Camperdown/Darlington Campus,

Level 5, JFR (Jane Foss Russell) Building, 160 City Road,


New South Wales,

2008, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, including a major in Economics with a minimum distinction (75%) average, or an equivalent qualification.

For international students

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma in Social Justice (Human Rights) requires:

a bachelor's degree with a minimum 60 percent average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, with a major in the humanities or social sciences, or an equivalent level of performance in an equivalent qualification; or

completion of the Graduate Certificate in Social Justice (Human Rights) with a minimum credit (65 percent) average, or an equivalent qualification.

IELTS score: A minimum result of 6.5 overall and a minimum result of 6.0 in each band

TOEFL - IBT score: A minimum result of 85 overall including a minimum result of 17 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 19 in Writing.

Pearsons Test of English: A minimum result of 61 overall and a minimum result of 54 in each band

Application deadline: Jan/31 for Semester 1 and June/30 for semester 2.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney is ranked 4th in the world and 1st in Australia for graduate employability by the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

  • Consistently placed among the world’s top 50 universities
  • 2 subjects in the world’s top 10 - QS 2019 Subject Rankings
  • 30 subjects among the top 50 - QS 2019 Subject Rankings
  • Sydney is ranked 3rd in the list of the world’s best cities