Apply for a PhD studentship for your doctoral study funded by the
Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
We offer a progressive environment for PhD study. Our academic staff
supervise across a wide range of research areas. Our
research examines the meaning of justice in the
UK and beyond. Our staff work with governments, human rights organisations
and businesses across the world. Your supervisors support you with a
perspective that is global, comparative and grounded in practical
As a doctoral student you are part of our active and diverse research
community and have frequent opportunities to engage with the latest research
among colleagues and staff. You can join one of our three research clusters:
You can also attend conferences and other research events organised by
our School and the Human Rights Centre. Our PhD students
organise their own annual conference. Getting involved gives you the
opportunity to present and discuss your research among peers and academic
If you are working in the area of human rights, you can link up with
fellow researchers across our university and at other institutions by
PhD routes and supervision
We offer a range of options for research study in law and in human
PhD Human Rights
Our research degrees in law and human rights can also be taken as an
MPhil over two years of full-time study. Examination is by thesis
(maximum 50,000 words). You can transfer to a PhD after registration if
your progress is satisfactory.
We welcome proposals for research in all areas in which our
academic staff are working. The following list shows the range of
supervision areas we offer across public law, commercial law, and human
A full list of our staff research interests are available
Please contact us for more
information about finding a supervisor.
We require a detailed research proposal of approximately 2000-4000 words
as part of your application for MPhil/PhD study. The following guidelines
are designed to help with this proposal:
Please contact us for
advice or more information about completing your proposal.
Doctoral training programme
We offer PhD studentships through our doctoral training programmes:
Your eligibility for particular funding routes depends on your proposed area
of research and fee status. Please
contact us to discuss your funding options or visit our
fees and scholarships pages to see the full range of funding available.
Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project
The Human Rights, Big Data and
Technology Project, housed at the Human Rights Centre, has a funded doctoral studentship available for
candidates with a background in law or a related discipline. This three-year funded studentship will undertake
research concerning the (re)conceptualisation of human rights in the digital age as part of Work Stream One of the Project.
Work Stream One: Studentship on the (re)conceptualisation of human rights in the digital age
Professional skills development
Professional development is a vital part of doctoral study and we
offer a wide range of opportunities during your course.
Proficio is our unique
professional development scheme for doctoral students. PhD students
receive up to £2000 spread across their study to fund specialist
training in areas such as research skills, managing your PhD, presenting
your work and getting published.
You can use your Proficio credit to attend our
Essex Summer School in Human Rights Research Methods
at a reduced cost.
Some of our research students work as Graduate Teaching Assistants
(GTA) during their studies. These paid positions give you vital
experience of teaching and marking essays at undergraduate level, a
distinct advantage when applying for academic positions.
Languages for All
Reading texts and accessing sources in their original languages are
great ways to enhance your research. Our University’s
scheme allows you to study a language alongside your course at no extra
Our academic staff
Our staff work with the UN, governments, human rights organisations and corporations across the world. Find out more about their
research and practice by reading their staff profiles.
Our world-leading research tackles the most important and urgent issues affecting national
and international law. It's at the centre of the undergraduate and postgraduate legal education we offer.
Proficio is our innovative doctoral training scheme. Our University gives you funding to spend on
a variety of courses, from research skills to personal development and career management.
Human Rights Centre
Our Human Rights Centre is a global leader in human rights research, practice and education.
The Centre was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2010 in recognition of its work.