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Human Rights and Cultural Diversity

University of Essex · Human Rights Centre

Entry requirements

Admission to the MA requires the possession of the minimum of a high 2.2 undergraduate degree. Generally speaking, we accept undergraduate degrees from across a range of social and political sciences, law and degrees in any of the recognised humanities subjects. Students with undergraduate degrees in the natural sciences, engineering or medicine may be also be admitted subject to their ability to demonstrate a commitment to human rights through professional or voluntary work or activity.

Months of entry


Course content

Are you interested in human rights? And how human rights relate to problems of cultural inequalities around the world?

Our MA Human Rights and Cultural Diversity is suited to you if you have a particular interest in this specialised area of study. You acquire a deeper knowledge and understanding of the central issues and debates surrounding the application and justification of human rights within a culturally complex and diverse world.

These problems are legal, social, political and philosophical, and our course reflects this in our multidisciplinary approach. In contrast to our other human rights courses, this MA examines human rights specifically in relation to cultural diversity. You explore topics including:

  • Theoretical foundations of human rights
  • The practice of human rights in the context of cultural diversity
  • Notions of human rights in Africa
  • Contemporary issues of cultural diversity.

Our interdisciplinary Human Rights Centre is the UK’s leading centre for the study of the theory and practice of international human rights, and has a worldwide reputation for research, teaching and practice. In February 2010, we were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of our work in advancing human rights across the globe.

In the School of Law at Essex, we specialise in commercial law, public law, and human rights law.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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