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International Migration & Refugee Law & Policy

Your Course
This unique programme enables students to develop their knowledge of international and regional law, policy and practice as it relates to the phenomena of international migration, human trafficking and refugee law. Students can combine the study of international migration with specialised courses in international humanitarian law and peace operations, gender and law, child rights, and international criminal law. The programme engages students with current developments on the human rights of migrants and refugees, globally, regionally and nationally. It includes unique practice-oriented teaching, allowing students to specialise in oral and written advocacy (legal and policy), strategic litigation, factfinding and international development. 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. Students are taught by internationally recognised scholars with world-class expertise in international migration, human trafficking and refugee law and strong track records of engagement and impact in the field.

2. This is a multidisciplinary programme, offering a range of specialised courses on migration, with a core focus on practical skills of research and policy advocacy, implementation, and human rights law. Students benefit from a series of seminars and workshops with leading international practitioners in migration and refugee law and policy.

3. Graduates will join a global alumni network of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, with options to pursue careers in the fields of migration, forced displacement, refugee law and policy, and human rights. Students are supported in seeking internship and work placement opportunities and provided with targeted career advice and supports.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
The Irish Centre for Human Rights welcomes students with undergraduate Level 8 degrees in disciplines such as law, political science, international relations, international development or social sciences. In cases where applicants come from a nonlaw background, the Irish 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.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities

• Work with domestic, regional or international non-governmental or inter-governmental organisations specialising in migration or refugee protection, human trafficking or human rights law or policy;

• Develop specialised legal practice skills in the expanding field of migration and asylum law and human rights;

• For those already working in the area of international migration/ refugee law, develop a more solid conceptual and knowledge base to develop that role;

• For those interested in pursuing PhD research, identify a suitable research question, method and theoretical framework for that research.

Further enquiries

Dr Ciara Smyth
T: +353 91 492 917

Application date

1ML30, full-time; 1ML31 and 1ML32, part-time.

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

When To Apply: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis.

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