Bachelor of Human Rights

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 4 locations

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
QTAC code
Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Not available
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2023
Applications open April 2023


ACU’s Bachelor of Human Rights is an exciting new course that will assist in preparing you to be one of the leading human rights advocates of the 21st century.

Human rights is a rapidly growing area of multidisciplinary study that supports an expanding job market in the human rights sector. The Bachelor of Human Rights will provide students with a deep understanding of human rights that is enriched by perspectives from law, philosophy and the humanities. Students will apply their knowledge to practical professional contexts, and complete a placement in the human rights sector. Graduates of this program will bring their multidisciplinary expertise in human rights to a wide variety of professional settings in the corporate, government and non-government sectors.


Our graduates can pursue careers in:

  • advocacy: domestic and international advocacy, humanitarian services, disaster relief, policy development, volunteer co-ordination
  • law: human rights law, international law, immigration law, diversity/equity law,
  • social services: human services provision, public health, economic development, policy development
  • international relations: diplomacy, peacekeeping, foreign affairs
  • communications: foreign news reporting/correspondence, investigative journalism, research

Course details

Course structure

To qualify for the Bachelor of Human Rights, a student must complete 240 credit points consisting of:

  • 60 cp from Arts Specified Units
  • 50 cp from Laws Specified Units
  • 40 cp from Philosophy Specified Units
  • 60 cp from Electives
  • 20 cp Core Curriculum
  • 10cp Community Engagement Unit (LHRG306 Human Rights Clinic)

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5

Year 1, Semester 1



LHRG103 Legal Institutions and Human Rights

PHIL104 Introduction to Ethics

Year 1, Semester 2

SOCS108 Contemporary Society and Change

HIST106 Australian Indigenous Peoples Past and Present

LHRG106 Human Rights and Business Regulation

Core Curriculum Unit 1

Year 2, Semester 1

HIST251 Human Rights in History


LHRG203 Australian Human Rights Law and Policy

PHIL202 Justice, Authority and Human Rights

Year 2, Semester 2

POLS213 Security, Terrorism and Human Rights


LHRG207 Human Rights and Criminal Justice

PHIL225 The Ground and Nature of Rights

Year 3, Semester 1

SOCS300 Power Wealth and Welfare: Social Issues and Policy

POLS309 World Politics and Justice

LHRG303 International Humanitarian Law

Core Curriculum Unit 2

300-level unit

Year 3, Semester 2



LHRG306 Human Rights Advocacy

PHIL324 Human Rights: Contemporary Moral Issues

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

2023 Semester 1 Intake

*POLS101 must be taken as an Elective in Year 1 to meet prerequisite requirements for POLS213

**A 200 level Sociology (SOCS) unit must be taken as one of the Year 2 Electives from the list of those offered as Human Rights Electives, namely SOCS202, SOCS207, SOCS209, SOCS239 or SOCS234.

AQF framework

Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Exit Points

A student who has met the requirements of one of the following awards may exit with that qualification:

  • Certificate in Liberal Arts
  • Diploma in Liberal Arts

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International applicants must also meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

New South Wales

Assumed knowledge: 2 units of English (any) (Band 3)


Prerequisites: English (Units 3 & 4, C)


Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission.

Applicants with recent secondary education

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

If your school result was affected by circumstances outside of your control, such as financial hardship, illness, disability or a challenging home environment, you may qualify for an access scheme. You can apply through your TAC as part of your application process. 

Learn more about access schemes

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

For current year 12 students 

If you’re a current Year 12 applicant you can be given a selection rank separate from, and in addition to, your ATAR if you’ve completed a competency based and graded AQF Certificate III or above. 

For non-school leavers

If you’ve completed or are completing a competency based AQF Certificate IV or AQF diploma you will be assigned a selection rank by your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC). This is an entry score based on your individual qualifications and achievements.

ACU has partnerships with ACU College, TAFE, and many private education providers. If you have completed a qualification with one of these partners, you may be eligible for guaranteed entry and/or credit into a related ACU degree. Please apply through your local TAC and then submit a credit application for your previous study. 

Applicants with higher education study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If you have completed at least two units of AQF-recognised study at bachelor level or above, you’ll be assigned a selection rank based on your study level, duration and grade point average that will be applied during the admission process.

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner.

Learn more about recognition of prior learning

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

  • If you have no formal education qualifications you may be eligible for a selection rank based on your work, life or service experience.
  • If you’ve been in paid employment, relevant to the course you’re applying for, for a minimum of six months full-time (or equivalent), this work may be assessed for your selection rank.
  • If you’re 21 years or older you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through your local TAC.
  • You can apply for an ACU bridging course. Our bridging courses allow you to transition back into studying and can give you a head start on the relevant undergraduate degree.
  • If you have served in the defence force, your rank and time in service may contribute to your selection rank.

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English language requirements

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.0 overall score (with individual score of 6.0 in writing and speaking, and 5.5 in listening and reading)

Pearson Test of English (PTE): 50 with a minimum of 50 in writing and speaking and a minimum of 42 in reading and listening

Test of English as a Foreign Language - Academic (TOEFL): Internet-based TOEFL (TOEFL IBT) with a minimum 21 in writing, 18 in speaking, 8 in reading and 7 in listening

ACU English Language Test: C (60-64%)

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): Overall CAE score: 169. A minimum score of 169 in writing and speaking and 162 in listening and reading

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Course costs

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

Explore your options


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.

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How to apply

Domestic applicants


Apply through QTAC

QTAC code 112071

Direct application

Apply now

You can apply Direct to ACU if you are not a recent school leaver and have not already applied through VTAC, UAC or QTAC.


Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.


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