Law - Human Rights in Criminal Justice

Key programme benefits to future students
All law subjects required by the Irish professional bodies, the Law Society and the Kings Inns, are covered in full over the course of this programme.

On successful completion of the programme, candidates are awarded an LLB degree.

Key Fact: The LLM/MA Human Rights in Criminal Justice was shortlisted in 2020 for Postgraduate course of the Year (Law Category) at the HEA Awards 2020.

Subjects taught

Year 1
Autumn Modules
• Criminal Law 1
• Constitutional Law
• Contract Law 1
• Legal Systems & Methods
• Law of Torts 1

Spring Modules
• Criminal Law 2
• Constitutional Law 2
• Contract Law 2
• Elective Module 1
• Elective Module 2

Optional Modules
Law of Torts 2 | Sport and The Law | Law of Evidence | Comparative Legal Systems | Administrative Law | Jurisprudence | Intellectual Property Law | Elective subjects required for entry to the Kings Inn if interested in a career at the Bar.

Year 2
Autumn Modules
• 5 Electives from the list: Law of European Union 1 | Law of Torts 1 | Company Law 1 | Equity and Trusts 1 | Land Law 1 | Contract Law 1 | Final Year Project.

Spring Modules
• 5 Electives from the list (not to include electives taken in Semester 2 of Year 1): Law of Torts 2 | Company Law 2 | Equity and the Law of Trusts 2 | Land Law 2 | Contract Law 2 | Final Year Project.

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally have a second class honours degree, grade 2 (2.2) in law or in a relevant social science (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). In exceptional circumstances an applicant who cannot satisfy the undergraduate requirement may be accepted on the basis of relevant work experience in accordance with UL’s Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning. Applicants with a primary degree in law should apply for the LLM whereas applicants from cognate disciplines to law should apply for the MA. The course structure, elective modules and assessment instruments are the same for LLM and MA students. Applicants with a primary degree in law will be awarded an LL.M., whereas all other applicants will be awarded an M.A.

In exceptional circumstances an applicant who cannot satisfy the undergraduate requirement may be accepted on the basis of relevant work experience in accordance with UL’s Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning.

Applications from those with practical experience in either field are particularly encouraged.

What to Upload with your Application
Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
A copy of your birth certificate or passport
A one page supporting statement, which should demonstrate: (1) your motivation, enthusiasm and a clear understanding of why you are making the application to the Human Rights in Criminal Justice master’s programme, and to UL; (2) how your academic background and other relevant experiences have shaped your decision to apply and how the programme of study contributes to your career plans; (3) Evidence that you have the ability, experience, skills and motivation to successfully complete the programme of study.
Two academic references
If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, on-campus.

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    LLM / MA

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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