The LLM General programme affords you the opportunity to choose any combination of the graduate modules offered by the Sutherland School of Law. Members of staff in the Sutherland School of Law have engaged in major research across the areas of law reflected in the modules offered in the programme ranging from cross-border divorce law, the socio-economic rights of asylum seekers to the regulation of charities in Ireland.

To understand and think critically about various facets of Law;

To apply their knowledge and understanding of Law to real and hypothetical factual situations;

To conduct independent research and write coherent, well-structured papers.

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


Stage 1 Option

Human Rights Law and Equality EQUL40070

International Commercial Arbitration LAW40060

Foundations of Environmental Law LAW40120

International Competition Law LAW40150

Advanced Issues in European Competition Law LAW40360

Punishment, Prisons & Public Policy LAW40620

Corporate Governance LAW40670

NGOs: Law, Governance and Social Change LAW40760

Law of the ECHR LAW40780

Law and Governance of the EU LAW41040

Coercive Confinement LAW41050

Climate Change Law and Policy LAW41090

Online Regulation LAW41150

Data Protection and Privacy: National and International Perspectives LAW41270

International Tax Law LAW41450

White Collar Crime LAW41500

Data Protection Governance LAW41790

Copyright Law LAW42000

Financial Regulation LAW42010

Law of Armed Conflict LAW42020

Vis Arbitration LAW42030

Culture, Heritage and Human Rights LAW42040

United Nations Human Rights Practice LAW42130

Behavioural Laws LAW42170

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 General FT (B294)

Duration 1 Years

Attend Full Time

Deadline Rolling*

LLM General PT (B295)

Duration2 Years

Attend Part Time

Deadline Rolling*

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




LLM General FT (B294): 1 year full-time

LLM General PT (B295):2 years part-time


LLM Law (B294) Full Time

EU fee per year - € 9320

nonEU fee per year - € 19900

LLM Law (B295) 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) and (EU Students).

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability

The deeper understanding and knowledge of law acquired through the programme is highly regarded by employers and has been the basis for many successful varied careers, both domestically and internationally. Recent employers include Mason Hays & Curran, Eversheds LLP and Maples & Calder.

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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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time

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