Our education provides students with a deep and critical knowledge of human rights and their application in practice, providing them with unparalleled preparation for entry or return to human rights academia or practice.
Our expert teachers come from 11 contributing departments at the University, who are not only prominent scholars in human rights but who also actively engage in the practice of human rights.
By studying human rights at Essex you become part of a vibrant and committed human rights community, composed of over 2000 alumni, current students, members, fellows, and partners. The Human Rights Centre acts a hub for this community, facilitating interaction at the University, online, and through networks we've established across the world. Our human rights programmes attract students from all over the world, with many postgraduates arriving with substantial experience of human rights practice.
Our joint honours BA Human Rights offers you the opportunity to study core human rights modules combined with modules in either the Department of Government, School of Art History and Philosophy, Department of Sociology, School of Law, or Interdisciplinary Studies Centre. These courses are perfect if you have an interest in human rights, but also want to gain expertise in another discipline.
LLM courses are appropriate if you have a specific interest in the legal protection of human rights or humanitarian law principles. You may apply if you hold an undergraduate degree in law, or a related discipline, and/or have substantial practical experience in a field related to the course.
Our Masters courses provide a first-class education in both the intellectual foundations of human rights and the application of human rights within a complex global environment. In particular, the theoretical underpinnings of human rights are addressed from a number of different perspectives including law, politics, philosophy, and sociology, while a distinct practical focus addresses the application of these perspectives to contemporary issues.
Our PhD programmes draw upon the expertise of over 100 Human Rights Centre members from different academic disciplines and areas of human rights interest.
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.
You have the option of being supervised by Human Rights Centre members who offer an unrivalled range of expertise in the research and practice of human rights, covering an extensive number of research areas. Use our research finder tool to search for supervision opportunities by entering your research interests.
“In the field of human rights Essex has carved out a very special and really important reputation”