Taught course

Human Rights

University College Dublin · UCD School of Politics and International Relations

Entry requirements

A primary degree with at least Second Class Honours in a relevant subject such as political science, international relations, social science, sociology, history, geography, economics, global studies, public policy, development studies, EU studies, law.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Human Rights is a one-year intensive course that prepares you for a career in human rights research, policy or advocacy in international organisations, governmental and non-governmental bodies, or academia.

  • You will explore the theory, politics and law of human rights and examine the mechanisms and limitations of national and international action to protect human rights.
  • You will either complete a research dissertation or undertake a monitored internship.

Information for international students

English language requirements - applicants whose first language is not English should have met TOEFL, IELTs, or computer-based TOEFL requirements (600, 6.5, or 250 respectively), or the Cambridge English Test (Certificate in Advanced English at a minimum of Grade B, or Certificate of Proficiency in English at Grade C). Applicants who obtained a previous degree from an English-speaking university may be exempted from this requirement.

Fees and funding

Learn more at the scholarships and funding page.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Katarzyna Glosnicka
+353 (0)1 716 8182