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Global Studies with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year) BA (Hons)



What will I learn?

On our four-year BA Global Studies with Politics (including foundation year), we work with you to develop your subject-specific knowledge, and to improve your academic skills. You receive a thorough grounding in these areas during your foundation year (known as Year Zero) to prepare you for a further three years of undergraduate study at Essex.You are an Essex student from day one, a member of our global community based at the most internationally diverse campus university in the UK.How do individuals, communities and governments approach human rights differently across the globe? How do these differences in human rights laws impact relationships between states? How does globalisation affect international relations?Our BA Global Studies with Human Rights course will deepen your knowledge of our increasingly interconnected world, whilst building expertise in human rights. You will develop your confidence to advocate for individual and community rights, social justice, and social change.The defence of human rights is one of the most profound challenges we face across the globe. From asylum seekers, to prisoner welfare and political alignment – we teach you the principles and practices of human rights from a global perspective.You will study topics including, but not limited to:- The promotion and protection of human rights- Society and modern revolutions- Patterns of migration- International development- Lessons from modern historyBased in our Interdisciplinary Studies Centre, you will be taught by experts from a range of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences.You will also be taught by academics from our School of Law and Human Rights.At Essex we specialise in business law, public law, criminal justice, health law, law and technology, socio-legal studies and human rights law.We are ranked 28th in the UK for Law in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 and we are top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014).

Which department am I in?

Essex Pathways

Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
£18,585.00 (US$ 23,088) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

5 October 2023


Colchester Campus

University of Essex,

Wivenhoe Park,



CO4 3SQ, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Our standard offer is 72 UCAS tariff points from at least two full A-levels, or equivalent. Examples of the above tariff may include: A-levels: DDD and BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: MMP.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Essex

At Essex, students learn to think differently, find new ways of doing things and adopt new techniques for solving problems.

  • World-leading academics in a research-intensive environment
  • Foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees
  • Flexible course structure, students study what matters to them
  • Internationally diverse university

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