International Human Rights Law

Åbo Akademi University, Finland

24 months On Campus 0 / 0 MSocSc

Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland, offers a Master’s program in International Human Rights Law that prepares students to work in the field of human rights in many different capacities. Graduates are able to work for international organizations, government agencies or NGOs or to continue on to pursue human rights research work at the doctoral level.

Requiring two years to complete, the programme includes mandatory courses on human rights law and mandatory coursework in Swedish for students who are not fluent. The remainder of the credits for the program can be achieved through elective courses that are selected with the help of the program adviser.

To be considered for admission into the International Human Rights Law program at Åbo Akademi University, students need either a degree in law or a bachelor’s degree with 45 credits in law or a relevant subject. Familiarity with international or constitutional law and the ability to communicate fluently in English are also required. Admission is highly selective with only 10 students selected on average per year. Academic merit is considered heavily when determining who will be admitted into the program. Applications are usually accepted on a rolling basis from January to January.

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About the university

Åbo Akademi University was founded in 1918 and is the only Swedish – language multi – disciplinary university in Finland. The university offers both undergraduate and postgraduate studies and extensive research opportunities to some 7,000 students on three campuses. Åbo Akademi University is located close to the city centre, in the heart of the old part of the city of Turku / Åbo . The campus offers a safe, friendly and welcoming environment for students.

About the location

Helsinki, Finland’s southern capital, sits on a peninsula in the Gulf of Finland. Various Human Rights NGOs such as Save the children and Amnesty International maintain branches in Helsinki.