24 months
3800 EUR/year
3800 EUR/year
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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.

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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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General 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

    3800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3800 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    3800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3800 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


Monthly stipends are available.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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