Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, LL.M.

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, LL.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
The ground-breaking LLM Economic, Social and Cultural Rights programme offered by the University of Essex builds on our distinctive expertise, reputation and experience of working on the protection of economic, social and cultural rights internationally and domestically in countries around the world.

About

The Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Economic, Social and Cultural Rights programme offered by the University of Essex University of Essex  combines cutting-edge scholarship and practice on the legal aspects of the realisation of economic, social and cultural rights, with the latest thinking in the operationalisation and implementation of these rights through public policy. The course focuses on:

  • International human rights law protections of economic, social and cultural rights
  • Constitutional and administrative law
  • How human rights law is operationalised in practice
  • Public policy making
  • New tools and methodologies for achieving these economic and social rights

We include a range of key law courses to enable our non-law students to develop an understanding of public international, constitutional and administrative law.

This course is also available on a part-time basis.

Career Opportunities

The majority of our students go on, or return, to work in human rights as litigators, in NGOs and international organisations like the UN, in government (particularly Ministries of Foreign Affairs) and in academia. They are a conspicuous presence in all the key human rights hubs in the world.

Our School of Law graduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers in international and intergovernmental organisations or employment with governments across the world, in commerce and banking, in non-governmental organisations and, as might be expected, in the legal profession and the judiciary.

We are first university in the UK to sign a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). This creates internship and research opportunities for our postgraduate students and is based on our long-established expertise in international humanitarian law.

During the year, we hold a careers session for our students in which we reflect upon our own careers and how they have been built as well as those from former students. We are always available to discuss career options and if you are interested in a particular area of human rights, we can link you up with the relevant alumni to offer advice.

Programme Structure

Modules included:

  • Dissertation: LLM in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • Foundation Essay: LLM International Human Rights Law
  • Foundations of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • Human Rights and Development
  • International Human Rights: Theories and Institutions
  • European Union Law and Human Rights 
  • International Law of Armed Conflict
  • Current Challenges in the Law of Armed Conflict 
  • International Criminal Law 
  • Conflict and the UN: Law Relating to the Use of Force, Peacekeeping, Sanctions & Counter Terrorism 
  • Public International Law 
  • International Child Law 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

UK entry requirements

A high 2:2 undergraduate degree in Law.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16225 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16225 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9680 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9680 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Home/EU part time fee

 £4,840

International part time fee

£8,113

Living costs for Colchester

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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