E.MA is open to EU and non-EU citizens. Students are selected on the basis of their academic ability and background, experience, motivation, and language competence.

Academic background and practical experience

Masterini hold a university degree of a high standard, normally in a field relevant to human rights, including disciplines in law, social sciences, and the humanities. The prevalent background is Law, although each year there has been a steady increase in participation of students with other degrees (Political Science, International Relations, Humanities, Languages).

Whilst the minimum academic requirement is 180 ECTS, additional study and practical experience in inter-governmental, governmental, or non-governmental organisations working in the area of human rights and democratisation are helpful and enrich the learning environment. On average, each year the E.MA class includes 25% of students with prior practical experience.


A typical class is composed of committed individuals who have chosen the E.MA for a variety of reasons:

  • Practitioners looking for more formal preparation to enhance their practical knowledge and skills
  • Students with personal experiences of difficult human rights situations wishing to articulate their responses and strategies more effectively
  • Scholars at the earliest stages of their academic career aspiring to further develop their research abilities
  • Young graduates keen on specialising and gaining conceptual and practical knowledge in preparation to a human rights career

Language competence

As English and French are the official working languages of the E.MA programme, students are fluent in English and possess the ability to understand lectures and read academic texts in French. Given the variety of backgrounds and countries of origin, many students can also speak one or two additional languages.

E.MAps and Charts

The group of E.MA students for the academic year 2016/2017 shows a variety of academic backgrounds and reflects a truly international environment. Below are some maps and charts illustrating such rich diversity.

E.MAp 2016/2017

Masterini 2016/2017 come from 33 countries in all regions of the world

E.MAp of bursary students 2016/2017

E.MA students who received financial support from EIUC come from 6 countries in various regions

Gender breakdown


Academic background


Age Ranges