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LLM/MPhil in Sexual & Reproductive Rights in Africa (SRRA) 2021

Application deadline:30 June 2020

The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria now offers an LLM/MPhil (Sexual & Reproductive Rights in Africa) degree.


This two-year programme is offered as a blended learning course comprising of online interaction and residential block-weeks in Pretoria. Two contact sessions will be scheduled every year (four contact sessions over a period of two years).



Who can apply?

  • 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


  • OR any other qualification in an academic discipline relevant to sexual and reproductive rights in Africa that allows admission to a master’s programme at the institution where the undergraduate qualification was obtained. If that qualification has a duration of fewer than 4 years, substantial proven practical or professional experience in sexual and reproductive rights in Africa, subject to the discretion of the Dean, is further required.

  • Applicants must have excellent academic credentials and demonstrate human rights experience or interest. A maximum of fifteen students will be accepted for the 2021 academic year.


Scholarships


UP TO 15 FULL SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE FOR AFRICAN CITIZENS.


Goals of the programme:

  • 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 right


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

  • the 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 level.


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