Intellectual Property & Information Technology

LLM Intellectual Property & Information Technology
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
By combining information technology and intellectual property law together, this programme offers a deeper understanding of the interrelationship between these two topics which have emerged as significant areas in the future development of law. The School has established links with the UCD School of Computer Science and Informatics to promote greater understanding in the information technology area. Members of staff in the Sutherland School of Law have engaged in major research in this area spanning the full range of information technology and intellectual property from internet filtering, data protection to the protection of confidential information.

• To understand and think critically about various facets of Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law and their inter-relationship
• To apply their knowledge and understanding of Information Technology Law and Intellectual Property Law to real and hypothetical factual situations
• To conduct independent research and write coherent, well-structured papers.

Course Description
The Sutherland School of Law offers a wide range of modules for the Masters programmes. Modules of especial interest to those undertaking this programme include:

Online Regulation examines current issues in internet regulation. It considers the legal, regulatory and technical framework within which internet activities take place and examines how particular areas fit within that framework. It will assess the notion of the internet as a borderless space and will tackle the ways in which the law has responded to reassert jurisdictional boundaries. It will also examine the growth in technological responses (such as internet filtering) which may bypass the legal system. Areas of particular focus will include responses to domain name disputes, cybercrime, online harassment / defamation and filesharing.

Patent Law examines the relationship between the patent law system and biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Patent law under the European Patent Convention, in Ireland and the UK will be considered, although students will be encouraged to conduct comparative research of jurisdictions such as the US and Japan.

Data Protection and Privacy considers data protection and privacy law, particularly emphasizing an international and comparative perspective that encompasses Irish, EU, and US law. The European and American approaches to the regulation of personal information differ sharply, and these differences illuminate assumptions embedded in each regime. The course will consider theoretical approaches to conceptualizing an individual's interest in personal information. It will also introduce the fundamental legal rules governing the handling of that information, including constitutional law, tort law, contracts, and statutory or administrative regulation.

The Comparative International and European Law (CIEL) programme is an exchange programme for registered full-time LLM students. The programme includes joint thesis supervision with academic colleagues at both the home and host institution. Upon successful completion students are awarded the CIEL certificate in addition to their LLM award.

Maastricht University (Courses through English: English as first language or an overall score of score 6.5 in IELTS)

Universität Mannheim (Courses through German: German as first language, Leaving Certificate B2 or equivalent)

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Courses through English: English as first language or an overall score of score 6.5 in IELTS)

Université Toulouse 1 Capitole (Courses through French: French as first language, Leaving Certificate B2 or equivalent)

University of Antwerp (Courses through English: English as first language or an overall score of score 6.5 in IELTS)

University of Zagreb (Courses through English: English as first language or an overall score of score 6.5 in IELTS)

Students admitted to LLM programmes holding a 2:1 in their undergraduate Law degree and relevant language results are eligible to apply in late September/Early October when they have begun their programme. Spaces are allocated on a competitive basis. Open to September start students only.

LLM Exchange to the University of Melbourne

Sutherland School of Law will offer one full-time registered LLM, September start, student the opportunity to spend Semester Two of their full-time LLM programme in the University of Melbourne. This is open only to students admitted to an LLM programme holding a high 2:1 in their undergraduate Law degree. Allocation will be based on academic performance to date and interview. Application to this will open in October.

Additional Notes for Applicants:
• Please note that the Part Time programme has the same timetable as the full time programme but is held over 2 years rather than 1 year.
• January start full time students will be expected to submit a dissertation title as soon as they have registered for the programme, in January, and will have to submit a proposal and poster within the first weeks of their first semester.
• There will be dissertation seminars in weeks 1-4 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11-1pm (Jan-May term)

NEW Double Degree Masters in Law with University Western Australia located in beautiful Perth

This 1+1 Double Degree consists of two separate awards: a UCD SSoL one-year taught Masters Degree followed by a UWA Law School one year taught Masters Degree.

The UCD SSoL degree will be from one of the following programmes

? LLM General,
? LLM International Commercial Law,
? LLM in Criminology & Criminal Justice,
? LLM in IP and IT Law,
? LLM in International Human Rights,
? LLM European Law and Public Affairs,
? MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice,
? MSc International Law and Business AND

The UWA Law School one year taught Masters Degree can be taken in one of the following fields:
? Master of International Commercial Law,
? Master of International Law,
? Master of Taxation Law,
? Master of Law, Policy and Government,
? Master of Commercial and Resources Law, and
? Master of Mining and Energy Law.

More details on the UWA programmes available

The academic calendar at UWA extends from February to June (Semester 1) and July to November (Semester 2). So the first entrants from UCD will take place in February 2020

Students transferring from UCD will be required to meet normal overseas admission standards before being admitted to the UWA Masters programme i.e. the equivalent of a Weighted Average Mark of 60% overall in the first year of their UCD Masters study

Each student shall pay the full annual fees for the programme to the institution they are studying at for the year of payment.

Each year, UWA may award full or partial tuition fee scholarships to the best qualified UCD candidates who commence the UWA Masters programme. The number of these full or partial scholarships and eligibility for them may be determined by UWA in accordance with the number of students entering the programme and/or their academic performance.

It is expected that these will be as follows:
- For Students with a UWA WAM equivalent of 70% (UCD GPA of 3.08) or greater a fee waiver of $A5,000 per annum.
- For Students with a UWA WAM equivalent of 75% (UCD GPA of 3.38) or greater a fee waiver of $A8,000 per annum.
- For Students with a UWA WAM equivalent of 80% (UCD GPA of 3.68) or greater a fee waiver of $A10,000 per annum.

Vision and Values Statement
This programme gives students, already holding an undergraduate degree in law or have practised law for a significant period, deeper understanding of the relationship between information technology and intellectual property law. Both have emerged as significant areas in law's future development. Graduate acquire the knowledge, skills and capacity to work in the area of information technology and intellectual property law, domestically or internationally, as a practising lawyer, in-house legal adviser, policy maker or researcher.

Students are challenged to understand and think critically about various facets of Information Technology law, Intellectual Property Law and their inter-relationship. The understanding thereby acquired is also relevant to their contribution as citizens in an increasingly wide range of areas.

We strive for a learning environment that encourages students to work individually or as part of a team, so they can develop their own and others' leadership, teamwork and communication skills, as well as integrating the different disciplinary perspectives offered in the curriculum for this programme, in collaboration with UCD School of Computer Science.

To these ends, the programme makes intensive use of teaching, learning and assessment approaches such as small group teaching, in-class presentations (individual and group) and academic writing. A 30 credit dissertation on a topic devised by the student is an integral part of the programme.

Subjects taught

The LLM requires the completion of 90 ECTS. The dissertation is worth 30 ECTS and there is a dissertation seminar in semester 2 for 2 hours per week with the dissertation being completed in Semester 3.

The typical enrolment for a full-time student is 3 modules in Semester 1 and 2. Although all modules are available, students on this programme usually choose from the following modules.

Part-time students, taking the degree over two years, should note that classes are as for those taking the full time option, but will take less credits per semester as they have 2 years to complete this programme.

For January start Full Time students the Dissertation seminars begin straight away and the dissertation will take place during the summer

Stage 1 - Core
• Dissertation - LAW40290

Stage 1 - Option
• International Commercial Arbitration - LAW40060
• Foundations of Environmental Law - LAW40120
• International Competition Law - LAW40150
• Trade Mark Law - LAW40280
• Advanced Issues in European Competition Law - LAW40360
• Corporate Governance - LAW40670
• NGOs: Law, Governance and Social Change - LAW40760
• Law of the ECHR - LAW40780
• Law and Governance of the EU - LAW41040
• Climate Change Law and Policy - LAW41090
• Online Regulation - LAW41150
• Cross-Border Litigation: European and International Perspectives on the Conflict of Laws - LAW41200
• Data Protection and Privacy: National and International Perspectives - LAW41270
• White Collar Crime - LAW41500
• Patent Law - LAW41610
• Data Protection Governance - LAW41790
• Copyright Law - LAW42000
• Comparative Corporate Governance - LAW42010
• Law of Armed Conflict - LAW42020
• Cybersecurity Law and Regulation - LAW42160

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
Degree Requirements
• Applicants must hold a Law degree, or an inter-disciplinary degree in which law was a major component. Applicants must have achieved at least an upper second class honours or equivalent.
• Applicants holding a Graduate Diploma in Law (60 ECTS Credits) may be considered but will normally be admitted only where they can show an exceptionally strong performance in both their undergraduate degree and diploma.
• Exemption from these requirements may be given to those with significant, relevant, practical experience or those with a graduate qualification at Masters level or higher in a relevant discipline. Such applicants should state clearly in their application why they feel their qualifications/experiences are appropriate for admission to the programme.
• These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

English Language Requirements
• Applicants whose first language is not English must submit satisfactory evidence of competence in written and spoken English, i.e. overall IELTS 6.5 (including a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and writing parts and no part below 6.0) or 90 in the TOEFL iBT (with a minimum of 22 (reading) and 24 (writing) and no part below 20.) The test results must be less than 2 years old.
• Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information
• The School encourages all applicants whose first language is not English to attend the pre-sessional English programme offered by the UCD Applied Language Centre, details of which are available at
• International applicants should visit the UCD International Office website ( for information regarding our campus, location of UCD, visa information, registration and orientation.

Application dates

LLM Intellectual Property & Information Technology FT (B296)
Deadline: Rolling*

LLM Intellectual Property & Information Technology PT (B297)
Deadline: Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Application Procedure
Applicants should indicate which programme they are applying for. All applicants should note:
• Official transcripts must be submitted as proof of examination results by all applicants except UCD graduates.
• The personal statement is an important component of the application. It should contain information demonstrating your capability to undertake the course successfully. You should detail any relevant research and practical experience including any publications and major essays/projects.
• Applicants must nominate two academic referees (name, position, postal address, e-mail address and telephone number). If an applicant has been in employment for more than two years, one of the referees must be your employer.
• Please note: If you are offered a place on the LLM programme, accepting that place is a two-part process. You must submit an on-line acceptance and you must also pay a non-refundable deposit (normally €500) within 15 working days of the date of your offer letter.

Letter Of Recommendation.




B296: 1 year full-time
B297: 2 years part-time
Mode of delivery: Face-to-Face


LLM Intellectual Property & Information Technology (B296) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 9320
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

LLM Intellectual Property & Information Technology (B297) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4660
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships (Non-EU Students).

We also offer scholarships for EU applicants. All applicants who apply before May 31st will be included. Further details at

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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Careers & Employability
The aim of this programme is to equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and capacity to work in the area of information technology and intellectual property law, whether domestically or internationally, as a practising lawyer, in-house legal adviser, policy maker or researcher. Companies include Arthur Cox, Slaughter & May.

Several UCD careers events are held throughout the year, including dedicated law careers fairs which are attended by top employers. For specific careers advice, the UCD Sutherland School of Law has a dedicated careers advisor on its academic faculty.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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