Human rights

Human rights have no borders or boundaries. They are the global language of the world.

Human rights
Studying human rights develops the skills and confidence to advocate for individual and community rights, social justice and social change.

Our approach is interdisciplinary, with the theory and practice of human rights embedded in our work. Join our thriving community of expert staff, students and graduates who have global impact. Our current students are helping human rights organisations harness the power of social media by taking part in Digital Verification Corps, a new global initiative coordinated by Amnesty International.

Why study here?
  • Our lecturers are renowned experts in human rights and hold prestigious UN appointments.
  • Gain experience in the field through opportunities such as our Human Rights Clinic.
  • We have an active Human Rights Society which hosts a comprehensive programme of events.
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year
Our courses are informed by our unique interdisciplinary perspective, which gives you a deep and critical knowledge of human rights and their practical application.

At Essex we are concerned with confronting and overcoming oppression and discrimination around the world. We enjoy a worldwide reputation for research, teaching and practice, and our pioneering staff have held prestigious positions within the UN and other international organisations.

Why study here?
  • Our education offers many valuable opportunities to apply your legal knowledge to the world beyond the classroom.
  • Join our Human Rights Clinic and develop your legal and transferrable skills to help you stand out from the crowd.
  • You join one of the largest and most effective human rights alumni networks in the world.
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year
Our PhD programme draws upon the expertise of over 80 Human Rights Centre members from different academic disciplines.

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.

Why study here?
  • Our Human Rights Centre has consistently produced cutting-edge academic and policy research.
  • You have the option of being supervised by Human Rights Centre members.
  • You can apply through us for one of over 375 fully-funded PhD studentships.
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