Law - International Human Rights

The programme has a strong human rights clinical focus, providing students with core human rights lawyering skills in advocacy, international diplomacy and public policy. Students participate in a dynamic programme of seminars, workshops and conferences with world-leading practitioners and scholars. While the programme's emphasis is on the law and policy of human rights, suitably qualified candidates from non-law backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Coursework begins with an in-depth study of the international human rights system and selected issues of international human rights law. Specialised modules in business and human rights, climate justice, international migration law, refugee protection, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, minority rights and rights of indigenous peoples, gender and human rights, counter-terrorism and human rights, and child rights. Completing a 15,000-word research thesis in the field of international human rights law is also a requirement. A wide range of subject choices is available to students, drawing on the expertise of our full time staff and prestigious adjunct faculty.

List of modules available at: llmprogrammes/modules.

1. The programme has a strong clinical focus on core human rights practice and lawyering skills and offers a unique range of specialised courses on the most pressing issues of human rights today.

2. Students benefit from a dynamic programme of conferences, workshops, and summer schools with leading international experts.

3. Graduates will join a global network of Irish Centre for Human Rights alumni, who work with leading UN bodies, and international organisations and in key government and practitioner roles.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
The programme welcomes students with a Level 8 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in a range of disciplines including law, political science, social sciences and humanities. In cases where applicants come from a non-law background, the Centre for Human Rights will consider academic background, relevant work experience, references and a personal statement. Applicants must normally have attained at primary degree level a result of Second Class Honours Grade 1 or equivalent. However, those falling short of this standard may be considered where they can demonstrate other appropriate academic accomplishments as well as relevant work experience.

Application dates

WHEN TO APPLY: University of Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


1ML2: 1 year, full-time; 1ML3: 2 years, part-time.

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Career Opportunities
The programme equips students to pursue careers with international organisations or United Nations (UN) bodies; in international NGOs, in international or national legal practice, and in policy, advocacy or research work. Students may also decide to work in government, diplomacy or international affairs. The programme will also provide a foundation for further studies through the structured PhD in human rights.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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