Taught course

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

University of Essex · School of Law

Entry requirements

2.1 degree or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Our LLM Economic, Social and Cultural Rights builds on the success of our long-established LLM International Human Rights Law, and our expertise in the protection of economic, social and cultural rights internationally and domestically in countries around the world. You will critically examine how international law, domestic law in a variety of countries, and public policies work to protect and realise economic, social and cultural rights. Core modules examine: international economic, social and cultural rights law and machinery, and their links to national protections of economic, social and cultural rights; public policy making, economic theories and methodologies for measuring and achieving economic, social and cultural rights; the rules of general international law; and the international protection of the full range of human rights civil and political as well as economic, social and cultural. The course enables you to form a detailed understanding of international and national law and policy on economic, social and cultural rights, informed by insights based on the latest practice and scholarship in the area.

The course enables graduates to conduct independent research and construct coherent, well written papers, some of which may later published in leading international law journals. It provides a rigorous academic education that prepares you to work in the field of human rights, focusing on economic, social and cultural rights within government, international organisations, civil society, in private practice, or academia.

Our core teaching team comprises leading academics and practitioners in the field of economic, social and cultural rights. In addition to their research and teaching in this field, our team includes a former member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to the highest attainable standard of health; advisors and consultants to key international organisations such as WHO and NGOs such as the Center for Economic and Social Rights; and experts on the domestic protection of economic, social and cultural rights.

Applicants with a legal or other appropriate background are encouraged to apply for our LLM Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The programme is not only designed for applicants with a legal background, but also those with an appropriate background in the social sciences, health sciences, economics, development, international relations and related specialisations.

Our School of Law has an international reputation for providing a legal education of the highest quality. In particular, in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008) 90 per cent of our research was rated as of 'internationally excellent' or 'internationally recognised' quality.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 for the writing component.

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation50 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872 719