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Master Program in Human Rights Law

  The Human Rights Institute of Southwest University of Political Science and Law (SWUPL HRI) is a national human rights education and training center of China. As an integral department of the Southwest University of Political Science and Law(SWUPL). SWUPL HRI offers a PhD program and a Master’s Degree Program in “Human Rights Law”.
 

  (1) Eligibility Requirements for Applicants and Number of Students to Be Enrolled
      • Eligibility Requirements for Applicants: foreign nationals with a Bachelor’s Degree or a higher degree, who should be healthy, have a sound moral character, be free of any records of criminal offence or bad credit records both in their home country and in China, and have reliable financial support and a guarantor for their affairs in China. The education diplomas held by the applicants are subject to certification by the Accreditation Center of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China or notarized by a competent authority. Applicants who apply for a program that is mainly taught in Chinese should have the Chinese language proficiency necessary for daily communication, study and academic research; applicants for a program mainly taught in English should have the English language proficiency necessary for daily communication, study and academic research.
      • Number of Students to Be Recruited: 5 to 10;

 

  (2) Timetable of Recruitment
      • Time for Application: September 1 to November 30;
      • Time for Applicant Assessment : Time of Preliminary Examination: Mid-December ; Time of Written Examination: Mid-December;
      • Time of Admission: January;
      • Time of Enrollment: March;

 

  (3) Program Open to Application and the Length and Research Directions of the Program
      • Recruiting Program: 0301Z6 Human Rights Law Research Directions;
      • Theory and practice of Human Rights
      • Judicial Protection of Human Rights
      • Human Rights and the Rule of Law
      • International Human Rights Law
      • Comparative study of Human Rights Protection Systems Study of Civil Rights and Political Rights
      • Program Length: the standard length of the programs is three years. The length may be extended to six years maximally for students who fail to graduate or pass the dissertation defense by the end of the standard 3-year length of the program.

   

  (4) Required Application Materials
      • International Student Admission Application Form of Southwest University of Political Science and Law, which shall be properly filled out
      • Photocopy of Graduation Diploma and Degree Diploma and original of the Accreditation Certificate or Notarial Certificate (whichever is applicable) of the Diplomas;
      • Academic Transcript of all undergraduate courses (both the original and notarial certificate);
      • Personal Statement (including a curriculum vitae arid research plan);
      • Academic achievements, including a list of published academic papers and their abstracts, and other original academic achievements;
      • Recommendations letters by two professors (or persons of equivalent qualifications) in a discipline which is the same as or similar to the discipline that the program applied for is under.
      • Applicants for a program mainly taught in Chinese should provide their HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, or Chinese Language Proficiency Test) Test Score Certificate for the HSK Test that the applicant took within the past two years; applicants for a program mainly taught in English should provide a certificate of their IELTS or TOEFL score (this certificate is not required for applicants from a country where English is the mother tongue or official language).
      • A photocopy of passport, and eight passport photos; and The Physical Examination Report for Foreign Nationals (which should be issued by a public hospital in the home country of the applicants or by a tertiary hospital in China, and should be duly stamped by the hospital and affixed with a recent photo of the applicant.

      • Applicants may also opt to undergo a physical examination organized by the local health and quarantine department after they arrive at SWUPL). Applicants for a program mainly taught in Chinese should provide a Chinese version of the above materials; applicants for a program mainly taught in English should provide both a Chinese version and an English version of the above materials.
      • Notarial of Non-criminal Record.

 

  (5) Examination Subjects
      • Written Examinations
        The written examinations cover two academic subjects, namely, Theory and Practice of Human Rights, and International Human Rights Law. Each examination will last for three hours and the full score is 100 marks for each subject.
      • Interview
        The interview is intended as a comprehensive assessment of the applicants’ essential academic performance in the academic discipline that the program they apply for is under, as well as their overall competence and language proficiency. In the interview, the applicants will be required to make a presentation to the interview panel, which should include an introduction to their academic research history and achievements, their understanding and perception of the academic discipline in which the program they apply for is involved, and their study and research plan, among others. The full score for the interview is 100 marks.

 

  (6) Admission
      • Applicants who pass the entrance examinations, and whose academic competence and language proficiency meet the standards required by the Master’s Degree program they apply for will be admitted.
      • A list of applicants who are admitted will be released on the specified website after review and approval by the competent authority in charge of the SWUPL HRI. After that, an admission notice will be delivered to each of the admitted applicants.

 

  (7) Diploma and Degree
      Students who pass the examinations of all the courses in the curriculum of the Master’s Degree Program they are admitted to as well as the graduation dissertation defense will be awarded with Graduation Diploma and Diploma of Master’s Degree.
 

  (8) Attendance Requirements
      Each of the programs consists of six semesters. Of the six semesters, the first and second ones are devoted to in-class instructions, which will last for at least one month each semester. During each of the fourth, fifth and sixth semesters, the students should go to the SWUPL HRI at least once, to attend a study and discussion session that lasts for at least half a month. Furthermore, students should go to the SWUPL HRI for their graduation dissertation proposal defense and graduation dissertation defense.
 

  (9) Tuition Fee and Scholarships
      • Tuition Fee
        Tuition fee payable by international students attending Master’s Degree Programs are subject to currently applicable SWUPL documents on tuition fees paid by international students.
      • Scholarships
        SWUPL offers scholarships to international students with outstanding academic performance according to relevant policies. The exact application standards and amounts of such scholarships are subject to Rules on the SWUPL President’s Scholarships for International Students, Regulations on the Scholarships Offered by the Mayor of the Chongqing Municipal People’s Government to International Students.

 

      Contact Information of SWUPI HRI:
      Officer in Charge of International Student Affairs: Ms.WU Wencong
      Email: wuwencong@swupl.edu.cn
      Telephone: +86-23-67258917; Mobile: +8613594103185
      Fax: +86-23-67258917