We offer a wide range of specialist taught courses in:
Our taught postgraduate courses offer specifically tailored LLM and MA
degrees, drawing on our extensive experience of research and practice in
human rights, commercial and business, trade law and EU commercial law.
If you would like to do a law degree course but have a different degree
in another subject you can do our conversion LLB Law (Senior Status).
Postgraduate modules are intensive and taught in small groups by our
expert academic staff. You
also complete a supervised dissertation project for submission at the end of
the course, allowing you to pursue your own research interests.
Our courses are offered on a full and part-time basis.
Postgraduate modules are intensive and taught in small groups by our expert academic staff.
You also complete a supervised dissertation project for submission at the end of the course,
allowing you to pursue your own research interests. Part-time students should note that teaching
takes place on weekdays, during working hours.
LLM International Human Rights Law
Our LLM International Human Rights Law is the oldest established human
rights law course in the UK and is world renowned for its rigour and
excellent grounding in the theory and practical application of human rights
LLM International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Our LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law examines how
international law protects individuals in all the many varied situations of
acute crisis, such as armed conflict, peacekeeping operations, states of
emergencies and other situations causing internal displacement and refugees.
LLM Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Our LLM Economic, Social and Cultural Rights focuses on how the
international and domestic protection of economic, social and cultural
rights impacts on areas such as health, education, housing and food
security, as well as poverty and inequality, both locally and globally.
LLM International Commercial and Business Law
Our LLM International Commercial and Business Law is a specialist course
examining the latest developments in traditional and emerging forms of legal
governance in domestic, European and international commercial and consumer
markets. The course examines business regulation and its application to
issues such as the trade in goods, financial services, broadcasting and
communications, as well as litigation and dispute resolution, in both
national and transnational contexts.
LLM International Trade Law
Our LLM International Trade Law is one of the most established
postgraduate programmes in the UK, having successfully run for almost twenty
years and making a significant impact on international law and practice in
this field. The course focuses on business and commercial regulation and its
application to trade transactions at the international level, such as
international sales agreements, carriage of goods, marine insurance,
financial regulations, and international dispute resolution.
LLM International Trade and Maritime Law
Our LLM International Trade Law is one of our newest LLM courses. By taking this course you would have the opportunity to specialise in two key areas of commercial law:
International Trade law and Maritime Law, building your knowledge and skills within a continuously growing niche industry.
These two areas bring together many fields of law from advanced contract to the law of the sea. The international
nature of this course, covering international trade and shipping, is matched by the diverse staff and students
that form our truly global community.
LLM European Union Commercial Law
Our LLM European Union Commercial Law has been running for more than
twenty years and enables you to investigate commercial law within the
European context. The EU is the largest trading block in the world and a
specialised knowledge of the commercial aspects of its law will hugely
benefit anyone interested in business relations within one of the world’s
largest markets as well as in its transactions with other important
international actors. The course focuses on the Institutional Architecture
and the Legal Order of the EU, EU Competition Law, EU Company Law and
Corporate Governance, Private International Law, the Economics of the EU and
EU Employment Law among other matters.
MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights
Our interdisciplinary MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights examines
the history, theoretical development and practical implementation of
human rights. It is the longest running human rights MA programme in
Europe, and has been described as the 'premier degree of its kind'.
MA Human Rights and Cultural Diversity
Our MA Human Rights and Cultural Diversity offers an
interdisciplinary approach to examining how human rights are applied and
justified in a culturally complex and diverse world.
LLB Law (Senior Status)
Our LLB Law (Senior Status) is designed for those with an existing
degree in another subject and provides a comprehensive legal training
needed for a 'qualifying' law degree over a two year period.
If you don't meet our postgraduate entry requirements, we offer
pre-masters courses with extra language and subject support that can
assist your entry onto our LLM and MA courses.
Graduate Diplomas in Law with English for Academic
Languages for All
Our University's Languages for All
scheme allows you to study a language alongside your course at no extra
EU law blog
How does European Union law affect our lives? Read Professor Steve Peer’s EU Law Analysis blog for expert insight into the latest developments in EU law and its impact on governments and citizens.
The Essex Transitional Justice Network explores issues faced by societies
experiencing socio-political changes, such as the transition from repressive to democratic regimes, or from civil
war to peace.
Human Rights Centre
Our Human Rights Centre is a global leader in human rights research, practice and education.
The Centre was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2010 in recognition of its work.
Apply for a PhD studentship for your doctoral study funded by the
Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).