Law - Peace Operations Humanitarian Law & Conflict

This interdisciplinary programme focuses on UN peacekeeping and related operations to provide insights into the peace operations and conflict resolution frameworks. This unique programme offering combines issues relating to peacekeeping, international humanitarian law, human rights and conflict resolution to prepare graduates for work in the field of international peace operations with international organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and as individual advocates.

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. Extra credit opportunities: The programme provides 15 credits in exchange for submission of a written assignment of appropriate length reviewing previous international field experience.

2. The programme may also recognise and credit a peace operations course of appropriate duration delivered at another centre/institute recognised by NUI Galway.

3. Excellent and diverse career opportunities are available to graduates of this course.

Subjects taught

Obligatory subjects are: International Peace Support Operations; International Humanitarian Law; and Human Rights. However, students are also free to choose from a large number of optional courses (details of these are on the course website). Completing a research thesis/dissertation of 15,000 words is also a requirement.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
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. Also, candidates who have completed a military command and staff course or its equivalent at an institute recognised by NUI Galway and who have relevant professional experience that, in the opinion of the School of Law, qualifies them to read for the LLM may also be considered.

Candidates who have significant experience in the field of peace operations and/or international human rights, for example, with international organisations or international NGOs, are encouraged to apply under this rubric.

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.


1ML15: 1 year full-time, 1ML16: 2 years part-time.

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
Graduates have gone on to work with the UN, OSCE, NATO and the EU. Others are working with NGOs in conflict and post-conflict environments, including the DRC, Haiti, Liberia, Sudan and Kosovo. Military and police personnel from Ireland and elsewhere have completed the degree with a view to enhancing their career prospects.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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