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International Law and Human Rights, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #301 (WUR) ,
International Law and Human Rights is a 2-year master's programme providing comprehensive knowledge of the principles, regulations, subjects and practice in the field of international law and human rights.


Why study international law and human rights at the University of Tartu?
  • The University of Tartu belongs to the top 1.2% of the world's best universities (QS, THE rankings).
  • Students are given strong ground knowledge in international law and human rights, and then they can expand their knowledge in specific areas, depending on their needs and interests, by taking various elective courses.
  • The programme provides a good comparative perspective on the issues of international law and human rights, relying on our historical experience and geographical position.
  • Internship is a compulsory component of the programme.
  • The School of Law is one of the oldest faculties of the University of Tartu, where lawyers have been educated since the university was founded in 1632
  • UT alumni form 87% of the attorneys-at-law, 95% of the prosecutors and nearly all of the judges in Estonia. 
  • Studies take place in the capital, Tallinn, where various international organisations and relevant state institutions are located, allowing us to incorporate their representatives and experience to the teaching process and to find internship places with them.
  • Students can take part in Martens Summer School on International Law, which addresses current developments and challenges in international law and human rights, and involves internationally renowned speakers.

Programme Structure

General Courses (48 ECTS)
  • Public International Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • History and Theory of International Law
  • International Settlement of Disputes
  • Law of International Institutions
  • Law and Practice of the United Nations
  • International Relations
  • Research Skills and Academic Writing
Elective Courses (30 ECTS)
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Law of the Sea
  • International Trade Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Russian Approaches to International Law and Human Rights
  • Use of Armed Force in International Law
  • Cyberspace, Technology and International Law
  • International Protection of Intellectual Property
  • European Union Law
  • Private International Law and International Civil Procedure
  • Comparative Human Rights Law
  • History, Culture and Society of Estonia
Optional Courses (6 ECTS)Practice (6 ECTS)
  • International Law Practice
  • Human Rights Practice
Master's Thesis (30 ECTS)


Students with a bachelor's degree (incl. min 60 ECTS of law courses)Graduates can work for international organisations as well as public and private sector and are prepared to start their career anywhere in the world.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent level of education (180 ECTS), including at least 60 ECTS of law courses
  • English language at a required level

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2420 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2420 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    2420 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2420 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Tallinn

  • 598 - 950 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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Monthly stipends are available.

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