Course Overview

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.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

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 non-law 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.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time; 2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2019

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

See offer rounds website for information.

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting



Course code

1ML30, full-time; 1ML31 & 1ML32, part-time

Course Outline

This LLM includes unique practice-oriented teaching, allowing students to specialise in oral and written advocacy (legal and policy), strategic litigation, fact-finding and international development. [an error occurred while processing this directive]

Why Choose This Course?

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.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,250 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€6,026 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,750 p.a. 2018/19

EU full-time programme:  €6,250 p.a.  EU part-time programme:  €3,125 p.a.

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant—please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Find out More

Dr Ciara Smyth
T: +353 91 492 917