At Essex, your human rights education is fundamentally underpinned by our desire to ensure you are equipped with the tools you need for seeking to make the world a fairer and better place, for its billions of inhabitants.
With Essex spear-heading the development of interdisciplinary human rights education, our undergraduate courses offer an exciting range of joint degrees, giving you the unique chance to combine your interest in human rights with a variety of other interesting subjects, such as law, politics, philosophy, history, global studies, journalism, and even Latin American studies. You will also have the chance to get involved in lots of exciting opportunities too.
If you're considering studying a Masters course in human rights at Essex, you'll receive world-class teaching, with an unrivalled range of options to explore your specific areas of interest. These areas include topics such as international humanitarian law, cultural rights and economic relations.
If you're considering studying a PhD in human rights, Essex should be your first choice. Our inspiring and expert academics, who have held prestigious appointments in organisations such as the UN and regularly work on projects with organisations such as Amnesty International, are open to supervision in an impressive range of topics giving you the opportunity to curate an exceptional postgraduate experience like no other.
We're honoured that our human rights programmes attract so many talented people from all four corners of the globe, who, with the help and support of our staff throughout your degree, go on to secure careers working at the cutting edge of human rights issues in an impressive range of human rights organisations.
In a world of conflict and uncertainty, you will learn how you can be the voice for those who need to be heard. You will learn how you can stand up and fight for those who cannot, and you will learn how to challenge, impact and change the way human rights are understood, both locally and around the globe.
After you have completed your degree, you will have developed the right skills to carve out an impressive career, and help shape the future of human rights. Whether it's working in journalism, charities, organisations such as the United Nations, or even becoming a human rights Historian, there is an enormous range of opportunities in a diverse range of industries for a human rights graduate.
Head to our careers page for more information and to read our compelling alumni stories.
Our range of innovative and pioneering Human Rights Masters programmes are internationally recognised as among the best in the world.
Unrivalled career prospects: The unique experience of having studied at Essex has allowed our Masters graduates to flourish once they complete their studies. Our graduates have gone on to have illustrious careers in a range of professional contexts from working for NGOs, governments, international human rights bodies, to academia and private practice.
And, we'll give you a loyalty discount of up to 33% on the tuition fee for your first year of postgraduate study at Essex, if you're one of our graduates, studied abroad with us, or have a spouse or partner studying here as a full-time international student paying overseas fees.
"Essex Law School has shaped my confidence and honed my analytical skills particularly in the field of human rights, to critically examine difficult human rights problems, which prepared me for both life and career. It provided me with both hard and soft skills so that I was even ready when practicing law."
Our PhD programmes draw upon the expertise of over 100 Human Rights Centre members from different academic disciplines and areas of human rights interest. You have the opportunity to be supervised by academic staff who offer an unrivalled range of expertise in the research and practice of human rights, covering an extensive number of research areas. Areas of expertise include the prohibition against torture, freedom of religion, children in armed conflict, methods of democratic assessment, and the relationship between human rights and foreign direct investment.
You can apply through our online portal. Before you apply, we recommend you take a look at our dedicated webpage to find out all the information you need to have prepared. We encourage you to make a preliminary enquiry directly to a potential supervisor or our Graduate Administrator. To find a supervisor, use our research finder tool by entering your research interests and browsing through the search results.
Our research community encompasses internationally renowned scholars whose work ranges from research into the philosophical and normative bases of human rights, through to more practically-oriented interests in the legal, political and sociological application of human rights. Explore the exciting research which takes place in the Human Rights Centre.