Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict

National University of Ireland, Galway

12 months
15500 EUR/year
7000 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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This unique Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict programme at National University of Ireland, Galway offering combines issues relating to peacekeeping, international humanitarian law, human rights and conflict resolution to prepare graduates for work in the field of international peace operations with international organisations.

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The LLM in Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict at National University of Ireland, Galway provides students with a comprehensive insight into global frameworks of human rights protection with the addition of peacekeeping specialisation.  This interdisciplinary programme focuses on UN peacekeeping and related operations to provide insights into the peace operations and conflict resolution frameworks.

Career Opportunities

Graduates have gone on to work with the UN, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the EU.  Others are working with NGOs in conflict and post-conflict environments, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Liberia, Sudan and Kosovo.

 Military and police personnel from Ireland and elsewhere have completed the programme with a view to enhancing their career prospects.  The programme will also provide a foundation for those who wish to pursue further studies through a structured PhD.

Students are advised and encouraged to undertake internships with organisations around the world.  There may be some financial support for students undertaking internships abroad.

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • Peace Support Operations
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Business and Human Rights
  • Children's Rights
  • Conflict and Post-Conflict  
  • Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights
  • Economic, Social & Cultural Rights
  • European Convention on Human Rights
  • European Union and Human Rights
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Criminal Procedure
  • International Refugee Law
  • Introduction to Human Rights Law
  • Minority Rights
  • Public International Law
  • Procedure before International Criminal Courts
  • Right to Development
  • Transitional Justice
  • Women's Right

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

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).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated 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.
88 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants must normally have attained at primary degree level an overall final grade of Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2.1) or equivalent. Those falling short of this standard may be considered where they can demonstrate other appropriate academic accomplishments as well as relevant work experience.

Work experience

Candidates who have significant experience in the field of peace operations and/or international human rights, for example, with international organisations or international non-governmental organisations, are encouraged to apply under this rubric. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15500 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7000 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.


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