The Centre for Human Rights at the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, is seeking applications for the Master’s degree (LLM/MPhil) in Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Africa (SRRA) for the Class of 2024.
Individuals from a variety of professional backgrounds, including attorneys, advocates, researchers, social activists, and educators, are welcome to apply. This two-year curriculum is delivered as a blended learning course that includes online engagement as well as residential block weeks in Pretoria. Every year, two one-week contact sessions will be organized (four contact sessions over a two-year period).
The LLM/MPhil (Sexual & Reproductive Rights in Africa) has short-term as well as long-term goals. In the short term, it aims to secure the following goals:
- to equip the learner with knowledge and understanding of sexual and reproductive health and rights from domestic, regional and global international perspectives
- to equip the learner with research skills in sexual and reproductive health and rights
- to equip the learner with advocacy skills for promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights
- to equip the learner with practical skills for securing the realization of sexual and reproductive health and rights
The goals of the Master’s programme go beyond the mere enrichment of the learner. In the long-term, the LLM/MPhil Programme should yield to individuals, and communities in the African region and beyond, tangible social benefits, including:
- grooming of leaders with a capacity to influence the social transformation of societies
- raising of public awareness about sexual and reproductive health and rights
- increasing the public understanding of sexual and reproductive health and rights
- enhancing the capacity of groups, networks or organisations that promote sexual and reproductive health and rights and related rights, including the rights of women and sexual minorities
- advancing the reproductive and sexual health and rights of individuals and communities
- combating discrimination and stigma surrounding sexual and reproductive health and rights
- influencing interventions in sexual and reproductive health and rights national and regional levels
- influencing policy-making in sexual and reproductive health and rights at the national and regional levels
- A limited number of up to 15 students are selected per year. Students who do not receive scholarships may be admitted as self-funding funding students.
- The LLM degree is open to individuals with an LLB degree or equivalent.
- The MPhil degree is open to non-lawyers with at least an honours degree in an academic discipline relevant to sexual and reproductive rights in Africa.
- Foreign qualifications are subject to South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) requirements.
- Applicants must have excellent academic credentials and demonstrate human rights experience or interest.
This is a selection course and applications must be submitted before July 31, 2023 to be admitted to the 2024 academic year.