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.


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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 22nd in the UK for Law (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020)

Postgraduate teaching and learning in light of COVID-19 pandemic

Will COVID-19 change the way my course is taught?

If for any reason you are unable to travel to campus to start the academic year, all teaching will be available virtually. This means that you can start, or continue, your programme off-campus, wherever you are, with full flexibility to transfer to on-campus learning as soon as you are able to.

What will this mean for my learning experience?

Your learning experience will be supported through a variety of ways. In addition to lectures being delivered both online and on campus, you will also still have the ability to interact, ask questions, and engage in discussions, with your tutor and your classmates, regardless of whether you are attending your lectures online or on campus. Your teaching will also be supported by digital tools such as Moodle, which will have advanced features including quizzes. You will also be able to access digital resources such as reading lists and textbooks. We have secured access to the full library of textbooks on LawTrove which will be available for you to use across some of your compulsory modules.

How will I be assessed?

We will continue to run a ‘module options fair’ in the first week of term so that you can gain a better sense of the range of modules and what each entails, i.e. an explanation of the content and scope from those teaching the modules. This fair is likely to be delivered online.

What will my broader student experience in the School and on campus be like?

You will be able to get involved in our full package of social activities, including professional skills-based activities, such as client-interviewing, negotiation and mooting competitions, and commercial awareness courses, as well as volunteering opportunities via the Essex Law Clinic and Human Rights Centre Clinic. We are running two series of speaker events; one is specific to human rights and one is based on a series of specialised topics (new ‘Law Matters’ Speaker Series). Postgraduate Human Rights students will also have the opportunity to go on our annual study trip to Geneva in June 2021, depending on how travel restrictions will be.

To find out more about how courses will be delivered next year in the School of Law and Human Rights Centre, what your student experience will involve, and information on what to do if your situation changes, visit our homepage.

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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.

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“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