|Study location||Estonia, Tallinn|
|Nominal duration||2 years (120 ECTS)|
|Tuition fee||€1,750.00 per semester|
|Application fee||€80.00 one-time|
Undergraduate diploma (or higher)
BA in social sciences.
At least 60% of the possible maximum results is expected.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Estonian.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
It is required that you send verified copies of the entry qualification documents directly to the university by postal mail, according to the instructions given by the institution. Important! Never send original documents by post!
Academic Affairs Office
*Please take into account also the Country Specific Requirements on how to send the required documents.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) academic: 5.5
Cambridge English tests:
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language) paper version: 543, internet based: 72, (Tallinn University Code number is: 0449).
PTE academic (Pearson test of English): 51
More information about language proficiency requirements is available at www.tlu.ee/en/proof-english-proficiency
Language test can also be carried out at Tallinn University for EU/EEA citizens.
Students coming from Finland don’t have to prove their language proficiency if they have at least “cum laude approbatur” (pitkä oppimäärä) in their matriculation certificate.
Students coming from Latvia do not have to prove their language proficiency for B2 level if they have at least grade “A” or “B” in their General Secondary Education Certificate.
Students graduated from International Baccalaureate studies with ENGLISH B Level HL at least grade 6 or ENGLISH A Level with at least grade 5 do not have to prove their English proficiency for B2 level.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
The entrance exam consists of written assignment (written answers to the questions concerning their motivation and desire to study at the programme) and an interview with the admissions committee via Skype.
Maximum number of points is 100 (50% written, 50% oral part).
Written assignment. Please submit a motivation letter (ca 1200 words), answering the following questions:
1. The choice of the study programme: Why Tallinn University? Why this programme? What courses of the programme are you most interested in?
Specific requirements for Non-EU applicants:
Please also see the country specific requirements: www.tlu.ee/en/country-specific-requirements
The LLM programme in Human Rights in the Digital Society was created to address new developments and challenges in law and society that have arisen in connection with the ever-increasing digitalisation. It provides a unique opportunity engage with questions like what are the limits of the freedom of speech online or what is sovereignty over the digital environment? Or how to balance human rights in the online environment? This programme will provide students with the skill-set necessary to analyze the effects of digitalisation on human rights and law in general. The courses have a balance between theory and practical problems and assignments. The students will be encouraged to take a critical perspective, research topical issues that they feel passionate about and highlight flaws in the current system.
The programme courses are scheduled on weekdays and the normal time to complete the programme is four semesters. The programme is composed of compulsory law courses (54 ECTS), elective law courses (24/36 ECTS), open elective courses (6 ECTS), the master’s thesis (24 ECTS) and a mandatory internship (6 ECTS). The aim of the internship is to give students an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom by working under the direction of a practicing legal professional. The students also participate in an interdisciplinary project (6 ECTS), which provides another opportunity to practice the skills they have developed. The courses include a mix of subjects that deal with human rights and digitalisation and also provide an opportunity to develop research skills throughout the four semesters.
The study programme develops knowledge and skills that open up different career paths in the modern legal world. Different opportunities will be available to you in both the public and private sectors.
*Jobs in international organisations like the UN, European Council and the EU – all these institutions have an increasing need for specialists in human rights and digitalisation.
- Jobs in international courts – both the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice need more experts that can advise judges on topical human rights issues.
- Domestic public sector – public management institutions of EU and ohter states have to modernise their understanding of international law and human rights, in light of new developments, so there is a demand for experts with the necessary knowledge who can engage with these new challenges.
- Academia – since the study programme has a research focus, it will prepare you for advanced studies in doctoral programmes around the world.
- Media companies – both globaal and regionaal media companies face obligations of ensuring human rights in their daily activities. Teams are being formed, which are tasked to develop and implement internal rules in this area.
- Legal consultancy companies – more and more disputes arise regarding relationships and violations in the digital space.
- NGOs – both large International NGOs like Human Rights Watch and NGOs with local importance have to take into account of the globaal developments in International law and human rights.