Taught course

International Human Rights Law

University of Essex · School of Law

Entry requirements

2.1 honours degree in law, or in a related discipline and/or substantial practical experience in a field related to the course.

Months of entry


Course content

Our LLM International Human Rights Law is the oldest established human rights law course in Europe, our world leading LLM International Human Rights Law offers you detailed coverage of the international and regional machinery for protecting and promoting human rights, plus knowledge of different human rights, their interplay, and their protection in peace, as well as conflict, situations. You are taught by one of the strongest teams of academic and professionally experienced human rights lawyers in the world - many of our staff have held or currently hold posts in the UN or other international organisations. Your assessment is academically challenging and provides you with a variety of skills useful for subsequent work in this field.

Given the important and emerging area of economic relations and human rights, we have established a pathway in this if you are studying our LLM International Human Rights Law. Successful completion entitles you to have this focus indicated in the formal description of your degree and allows you to develop an integrated understanding of the points of contact between the world economy and human rights, providing a grounding in the institutions, processes, and values involved.

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


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment15
Dissertation50 (15000 words)
Foundation essay10

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872 719