Undergraduate courses

Study with us and you'll be joining the UK’s leading centre for the interdisciplinary study of human rights theory and practice. We have a worldwide reputation for our research, teaching and practice, and we were the first UK university to offer undergraduate courses in human rights. Our graduates are employed in human rights organisations around the globe. Our module directory allows you to see the full range of our undergraduate modules.

Joint honours courses

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 (ISC). These courses are perfect if you have an interest in human rights, but also want to gain expertise in another discipline.

  • LLB Law with Human Rights

    LLB Law and Human Rights provides rigorous academic training in law with a detailed focus on human rights. By the end of this course you will be able to engage in-depth with the discourse on human rights law, informed by thinking from legal, political, sociological, philosophical, economic and historical perspectives.

    You are also provided with the theoretical foundations, substantive knowledge, and evaluative tools to understand, respond to, and help shape national, regional and international legal and human rights-based developments.


  • BA Latin American Studies with Human Rights

    BA Latin American Studies with Human Rights offers you the opportunity to specialise from the first year of study. In addition to core modules specific to human rights and Latin America, optional modules are run in collaboration with the Departments of History, Sociology, Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, Language and Linguistics, and School of Art History and Philosophy providing you with a choice of options around which to build your degree.


  • BA Philosophy with Human Rights

    BA Philosophy with Human Rights combines the study of philosophy with one of its most powerful practical ideas: that all human beings are entitled to the same universal rights. You receive a rigorous grounding in philosophy, coupled with the study of human rights from philosophical, political, legal and sociological perspectives.


  • BA Politics with Human Rights

    BA Politics with Human Rights addresses the impact of politics and political events on domestic and international affairs, and looks at how these events relate to the worldwide promotion and protection of human rights. You explore different aspects of political science while developing an in-depth knowledge of human rights and different research methods.


  • BA Sociology with Human Rights

    BA Sociology with Human Rights combines the study of sociology with the study of human rights. Sociology is the study of the different kinds of social tensions, interactions and networks that make up everyday life, asking why individuals, groups, cultures and peoples are the way they are and how they might be different.

    On this course, a rigorous sociological grounding is coupled with the study of human rights, drawing on law, politics and social science, and focusing on the definition, development, defence and abuse of human rights around the world.


Undergraduate pathways

If you don't meet our standard undergraduate entry requirements, our Essex Pathways Department offers undergraduate pathways that equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to enable you to progress to an undergraduate course in the Human Rights Centre.

Languages for All

Our Languages for All scheme allows you to study a language alongside your course at no extra cost.

How to apply

How to apply

Find out more about how to apply for a course at the Human Rights Centre. We can provide help and advice, and guide you through the application process.

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UG Open Days

Book a place at our undergraduate Open Day. Our department and admissions staff can answer any questions you have, and you can speak to current students about life at Essex while taking a campus tour.

Annual trips

Two students at UNHCR

Each year the Human Rights Centre organises two study trips which give you opportunities to engage with human rights professionals, organisations, and institutions, and offer an insight into the practical application of human rights.