“Being a human rights expert is one of the most fascinating new professions for people with various backgrounds. You need to have an open mind, motivation and empathy, and we provide you with the knowledge and skills you require to work in the challenging world of universal human rights.”

Manfred Nowak, Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Vienna University, Co-Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

With our newly designed Master of Arts in Human Rights the University of Vienna offers you the unique opportunity to study human rights in an international, trans-disciplinary and practice-oriented environment.

Short Facts

Academic degree
M.A. - Master of Arts in Human Rights
4 semesters (full-time)
120 ECTS
Number of participants
Tuition fee
EUR 20,600
every year in September


Graduation and Inauguration Ceremony 2017

Congratulations to our Graduates and Welcome Generation 6Read more

OUT NOW - Pioneering Human Rights

Our first publication of selected theses class of 2014 is out now. Read more.

Manfred Nowak about the Programme

Scientific Director Manfred Nowak, speaks about the Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights at the University of Vienna. Click here to watch the full video.


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomes selection of our Scientific Director Manfred Nowak to lead New Global Study on Situation of Children in Detention Read more

Hermann and Marianne Straniak Scholarship 2017

Hermann and Marianne Straniak Full Scholarship 2017 has been awarded. Read more

The Bridge

The Bridge is an officially registered Vienna-based NGO run by graduate students from the Vienna Human Rights Masters. Read more

Humanitarian Award

We are happy to announce that our student, Reina-Marie Loader, was awarded the Humanitarian Award - Outstanding Achievement for her work on the documentary film HORN. Read more