This programme is offered at the Irish Centre for Human Rights within the School of Law. This centre is one of the worlds premier university-based institutions for the study and promotion of human rights and humanitarian law. This course prepares you for work in the international human rights field and is a foundation for those who wish to pursue PhD study in the field. While the courses emphasis is legal, suitably qualified candidates from other backgrounds are accepted. It develops skills in the area of human rights protection, and knowledge of the philosophies and theories that underpin it.
Coursework begins with a general introduction to the systems and documents of international human rights law, and proceeds to a series of specialised courses in such areas as minority rights law, regional human rights systems such as the European Convention on Human Rights, criminal prosecution by international tribunals of human rights violators, gender and child rights, refugees and asylum seekers, and international humanitarian law. The course emphasises the analysis and critique of international human rights law and legal regimes. Completing a research thesis of 20,000 words is also a requirement.