Research course

Human Rights and Research Methods

University of Essex · School of Law

Entry requirements

Applicants for research programmes should normally hold, or be expecting to hold, a Masters degree in law and an LLB with first or second class honours, or an equivalent qualification.

PhD, MPhil.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

For our PhD Human Rights and Research Methods, we offer supervision in all areas of staff expertise. We have a strong reputation for excellence in human rights, and our former PhD students have gone on to work in legal practice, commerce and industry, the non-governmental organisation sector and academia, including the academic community in our School of Law at Essex.

We also offer an MPhil in this subject and part-time research study is also available.

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.

Department specialisms

We offer supervision in areas including: European community law; human rights law; public law; international trade law; information technology, media and e-commerce law; business law.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 with 6.5 in writing.

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, see:

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872 585