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

Scientific Director of the Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights
Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Vienna University
Founder and Co-Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights
Secretary General of the European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratisation
Independent Expert leading the UN Global Study on Children deprived of Liberty
Former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

Short Facts

Academic degree
MA - Master of Arts in Human Rights
4 semesters (full-time)
120 ECTS
Tuition fee
EUR 20,600
every year in mid-September


Video “Open Doors” out now

Last summer a group of students, alumni, artists and the team of the programme came together to create an idea for promoting and celebrating the Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights. Eventually the idea took shape in the form of a musical image video. Read more.

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.


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

Kosovo Reports 2018

The student reports of this year's field trip to Kosovo are out now! 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