BA Arts with Human Rights

NUI Galway

Course Overview

Human Rights encompass a theoretical, philosophical, practical and legal system which advocates the position that individuals are the bearers of basic rights fundamental to human dignity.

The BA with Human Rights examines the philosophical basis, history and origin of human rights. The concept of human rights is closely allied with ethics and morality. However, while there is widespread acceptance of the importance of human rights, there is confusion as to their precise nature and role.
The BA with Human Rights is an innovative four-year degree programme that introduces students to this increasingly important specialism, emphasizing its historical evolution from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 to its contemporary relevance as a subject and a body of law. The human rights system in international law seeks to regulate the relationship between states and individuals and defines a series of rights which states are obliged to uphold.
The Bachelor of Arts with Human Rights is an exciting, four year degree programme offered by the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies in conjunction with the Irish Center for Human Rights. The programme is unique in several respects, chiefly because it is the first and only undergraduate programme of its kind in the Republic of Ireland, thus allowing undergraduates to specialize in a field that was previously reserved to postgraduate study. The programme examines the philosophical basis, history and origin of human rights while remaining grounded in the reality of events that have shaped the world. During the first two years of the programme, students are based on campus in NUI Galway and engage with human rights discourse through class-based teaching at the Irish Center for Human Rights, supported by field trips and lectures by visiting experts.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?


What is the length of the course?

4 Years Full-time

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places


Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 15,500

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

  • The degree will provide an excellent foundation for many types of careers.
  • Career prospects include working with the United Nations, the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Irish Aid, the European Union, International Non-Governmental Organisations and Development Cooperation agencies.
  • The interdisciplinary character of the programme provides students with many skills and competencies required in a competitive job market.
  • In the third year, the programme offers students the opportunity to choose from a number of optional modules including an internship with a human rights organization.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 Grades in the Leaving Certificate including: Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognized for entry purposes.

English Requirements

Arts/Business/Law (No less than 5.5 in any Component)
IELTS: 6.5 Overall
Pearson (PTE): 61
Duolingo English Test (DET)**: 110
• Temporary measure for 2020 only in response to COVID-19

Special Entry Requirements

Students must satisfy the Garda/Police vetting requirements.

Career Prospects

The degree will provide an excellent foundation for many types of career, including working in public administration, journalism, community work, management, development agencies and international organisations.