While it is preferable that candidates to the LL.M. programme have a law degree the programme is genuinely inter-disciplinary and welcomes people from a variety of backgrounds. This is partly due to the fact that the study of human rights law takes into account several different academic disciplines. Thus the following categories of candidates can be discerned who would be eligible for entry into the programme (for more accurate indicators of this please see the Law Faculty Calendar, available from the Admissions Department).
a) Candidates with a law degree, having achieved 2:1 (or equivalent) in that law degree.
b) Candidates with a law degree who have not achieved a 2:1 (or equivalent) but can demonstrate human rights involvement.
c) Candidates with a degree in a related subject (politics, anthropology, sociology, history etc.) who have achieved a 2:1 (or equivalent) in their degrees.
The class is generally selected to reflect a good mixture between law and non-law students, with the emphasis on academic excellence and relevant work experience.
Months of entry
There are three options for the LLM course:
- International Criminal Law (LLM, full-time or part-time)
- International Human Rights (LLM, full-time or part-time)
- Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict (formerly [International Peace Support Operations]) (LLM, full-time or part-time)
Information for international students
The University requires that students are able to effectively engage in English in order to successfully complete the course (all exams are in the English language). Therefore, prospective students (not being native English speakers) are required to undertake an English language course before undertaking the LLM. The required scores are as follows: IELTS: 6.5; TOEFL (paper-based): 580; TOEFL (computer-based): 240; and TOEFL (internet-based): 92.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Law Faculty Office
- +353 (0) 91 750 348