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PhD Human Rights and Research Methods

Location: Colchester
Duration: 3 Years
Tuition fee: Find out using our fee pages
Funding available: Find out using our scholarship finder
Department: Law (School of)
Further information: For more information, please e-mail us or see for yourself by booking a place at one of our open days

About PhD Human Rights and Research Methods

For our PhD Human Rights and Research Methods, we offer supervision in all areas of staff expertise including: domestic protection of international human rights standards; free speech and law; health and human rights; human rights law; international law of armed conflicts; international of peace keeping; international humanitarian law; UK human rights; and UN international organisation law.

Our former PhD students have gone on to work in legal practice, commerce and industry, the non-governmental organisation sector and academia, including the academic community in our School of Law at Essex.

We also offer an MPhil in this subject.

Please note, part-time research study is also available.

Why study PhD Human Rights and Research Methods at Essex?

Our interdisciplinary Human Rights Centre is the UK’s leading centre for the study of the theory and practice of international human rights, and has a worldwide reputation for research, teaching and practice. In February 2010, we were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of our work in advancing human rights across the globe.

Our work has always been informed by human rights practice and our senior staff have held - and continue to occupy - key positions in the United Nations human rights and development fields. We have also conducted numerous cases in Strasbourg, establishing far-reaching precedents that have shaped the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights.

Our facilities

Our Human Rights Centre has almost 50 academic staff members and 30 external fellows, we bring together some 250 scholars and practitioners across disciplines and courses, representing 50 nationalities. We provide our PhD students with a work station/space to support your independent study. We organise and support a range of activities throughout the year and manage research projects on human rights, conflict prevention and promotion of democratic governance.

In April 2000, along with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, we launched the Torture Reporting Handbook, which has been translated into numerous languages and is used throughout the world. We are home to the UK member of the UN Human Rights Committee, and a member of the Government’s new Advisory Group on Human Rights. A number of our staff have also held senior positions in intergovernmental organisations and are actively involved in international practice.

Location: Colchester
Duration: 3 Years
Tuition fee: Find out using our fee pages
Funding available: Find out using our scholarship finder
Department: Law (School of)
Further information: For more information, please e-mail us or see for yourself by booking a place at one of our open days

Introduction

A research degree gives you the chance to investigate your chosen topic in real depth and reach a profound understanding. In communicating that understanding, through a thesis or other means, you have a rare opportunity to generate knowledge. A research degree allows you to develop new high-level skills, enhance your professional development and build new networks. It can open doors to many careers.

As a research student at Essex, you’ll work at the heart of our internationally-acknowledged and well-connected research community. We offer world class supervision and training opportunities, and encourage you to engage with other researchers, professionals, practitioners and research users, where possible. Our research is supported by a wide spectrum of UK research councils, EU framework programmes, public-sector organisations and departments, charities, and private-sector industry and businesses. Engagement with these external funders and stakeholders enriches the quality and relevance of your experience and training.

Your supervisor

Within our School of Law, you will be allocated a supervisor whose role is to guide you through the different stages of your research degree. In some cases, you may have joint supervision by two members of our staff.

The support provided by your supervisor is a key feature of your research student experience and you will have regular one-to-one meetings to discuss progress on your research. Initially, your supervisor will help you develop your research topic and plan.

Twice a year, you will have a supervisory board meeting, which provides a more formal opportunity to discuss your progress and agree your plans for the next six months.

How you will study

Within our School of Law, in addition to carrying out your individual research, in your first term of studies you attend seminars on research methodology.

We also hold research seminars in which our students and academics come together to discuss each other’s work. These seminars provide room for stimulating intellectual debate and allow you to develop presentation skills and receive feed-back on your work both from other students and from staff. In your second and third years, you continue to work towards your PhD.

Finalising your PhD

Within our School of Law, your PhD thesis must normally be submitted for examination within four years of first registration. The maximum length for a PhD thesis by research is 80,000 words, excluding appendices and the maximum length of an MPhil thesis is 50,000 words.

Seminars and conferences

Within our School of Law, our postgraduates are welcome to participate in and present their work at our popular School Seminar Series.

Location: Colchester
Duration: 3 Years
Tuition fee: Find out using our fee pages
Funding available: Find out using our scholarship finder
Department: Law (School of)
Further information: For more information, please e-mail us or see for yourself by booking a place at one of our open days

Career destination

Our School of Law graduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers in international and intergovernmental organisations or employment with governments across the world, in commerce and banking, in non-governmental organisations and, as might be expected, in the legal profession and the judiciary.

Our large community of graduates regularly inform our current postgraduates of opportunities in their organisations and businesses.

Support for postgraduates

Our University of Essex has a range of support services designed to help you to achieve your full potential and get the most out of your studies. These form a co-ordinated network of support, and are an important part of your overall student experience at Essex.

Our staff operate an 'open door' policy so are available to discuss any concerns with you throughout the year.

Location: Colchester
Duration: 3 Years
Tuition fee: Find out using our fee pages
Funding available: Find out using our scholarship finder
Department: Law (School of)
Further information: For more information, please e-mail us or see for yourself by booking a place at one of our open days

For research study within our School of Law, we normally require a Masters degree in law and an LLB with a first or upper second class honours, or equivalent. A well developed research proposal is also essential.

If English is not your first language, then we will require you to have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Location: Colchester
Duration: 3 Years
Tuition fee: Find out using our fee pages
Funding available: Find out using our scholarship finder
Department: Law (School of)
Further information: For more information, please e-mail us or see for yourself by booking a place at one of our open days

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