School of Law

Masters study

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A legal education for the real world

Our taught postgraduate courses offer specifically tailored LLM and MA degrees, drawing on our extensive experience of research and practice in human rights, commercial, business and trade law.

Studying a Masters degree in the School of Law gives you the opportunity to focus on a particular area of law and acquire the in-depth knowledge and skills needed to specialise in that field.

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.

For those who already hold an undergraduate degree in a different subject and would like to study law we offer a conversion LLB Law (Senior Status) degree. This gives you a comprehensive training and allows you to proceed to the Bar Professional Training Course or the Legal Practice Course.


Explore our Masters courses
Why choose us?
  • Our LLM International Human Rights Law is the oldest established human rights law course in Europe
  • Opportunities to specialise in growing niche industries such as international trade and maritime law
  • Essex is ranked among the top 200 departments in the QS World University Rankings (2018)

So, what do we have to offer?

A world-leading education

We were first university in the UK to sign a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). This creates internship and research opportunities for our postgraduate students and is based on our long-established expertise in international humanitarian law.

Part-time options

Our courses are offered on a full and part-time basis. Part-time students should note that teaching takes place on weekdays, during working hours.

“The robust and unique multidisciplinary understanding of human rights I gained at Essex has been instrumental in advancing my career. A year after graduation I was offered a job with UNICEF in Georgia as a child protection officer. More recently I have been working with UNICEF Myanmar in Yangon as a child protection specialist, heading UNICEF’s justice for children work in the country.”
Teona Aslanishvili MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights