Study with us
Our world-renowned Centre offers one of the only dedicated undergraduate human rights courses in the UK. You will gain a comprehensive interdisciplinary
understanding of human rights and their practical application.
Our human rights community
By studying human rights at Essex you become part of a vibrant and
committed human rights community, composed of over 2000 alumni, current
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
Human rights education at Essex
We offer a collaborative and transformational education in the theory
and practice of human rights, informed by our unique interdisciplinary
perspective. Our courses give you a deep and critical knowledge of human
rights and their practical application, and provide an unparalleled
preparation for entering into or returning to human rights practice or
further study. 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.
Human rights in practice
We offer a range of opportunities for working with
projects associated with our Centre that focus on human rights in
practice. These include:
You can also join our Human Rights
Centre Clinic, which concentrates on developing practical skills
related to human rights or contribute to our
Human Rights Centre Blog.
What our students say
If you would like to find out more about what some of our alumni are up to please look at our
Listen to human rights students reveal how they are inspired to improve
the lives of people around the world in our latest podcast series:
Events and activities
Throughout the year we run an exciting series of
events and activities that inform your study and research, while
providing a forum for debate and the development of your broader
understanding of human rights. Events include our
speaker series, the
the steps on Human Rights Day, as well as lunchtime talks, film
screenings, and Human Rights Centre socials.
We run a range of careers events
to give you an insight into specific areas of human rights work.
Subjects include, working with international institutions, working for
NGOs, and working for government. These events draw on the expertise of
guest human rights professionals to give an insider view of what human
rights practice involves, as well as advice on the skills and knowledge
necessary to succeed in the field and beyond.
You can also join the Essex Human
Rights Alumni Association on graduation, which connects you with our
alumni around the world.
We have some of the longest running Masters courses in Europe, offering a first-class education in the intellectual foundations of human rights and its
application within a complex global environment.
Our PhD programme draws upon the expertise of over 80 Human Rights Centre members from a multitude of different academic disciplines and
areas of human rights interest.
Our ground-breaking research clusters address issues from children and armed conflict, freedom of expression,
and indigenous peoples to trafficking and prisoners' rights. Our clusters reflect our world-class reputation for human rights research and practice.
About our Centre
Find out more about our Human Rights Centre and hear some of our most notable human rights practitioners and
researchers explore what makes the Centre a world-leading institution, relied upon for its expertise by international organisations including the UN.