The University of Essex in Colchester, England, United Kingdom, sponsors a doctoral program in Human Rights and Research methods. Ideal for students who wish to work in academia, in legal practice, in the private sector or with specific non-governmental organizations, the program allows students to choose from a broad range of areas of specialization.
Specifically, the university will accept students with innovative research ideas in areas that include the domestic protection of international human rights, free speech, health as it relates to human rights, general human rights law, international law during armed conflicts, peace keeping, international humanitarian law, human rights in the UK and UN international laws. Students have the option to study full or part-time to complete their research. A master’s degree and fluency in English are both required for admission as is a written statement of research goals. Funding is available for select qualified students.
The School of Advanced Study at the University of London in England, United Kingdom, offers postgraduate research opportunities through their Institute of Commonwealth Studies. Students may pursue doctoral research degrees in a number of fields related to Commonwealth Studies and Human Rights under the supervision of the institute’s faculty. Their campus boasts an impressive library of research materials to support students in their efforts.
A broad range of interests can be explored as a part of the doctoral program, which usually takes four years to complete full-time or seven years to finish part-time. Among the various options related to human rights include the protection of refugees, security and conflict, forced displacement and non-government organisation actors. Students may also choose to focus their human rights research on a specific area, such as South Asia, Africa, the Mediterranean, Latin America or England. A research proposal is required for admissions consideration. Funding is available on a case by case basis.
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