Law - Human Rights in Criminal Justice - Online

University of Limerick

Law - Human Rights in Criminal Justice - Online

This fully online programme is designed to emphasize the inter-relationship between what has traditionally been taught as the two distinct disciplines of human rights and criminal justice. Students will be provided with a comprehensive knowledge of this ever-developing field of law and encouraged to assess the merit of mainstreaming human rights within the criminal justice processes. Covering key areas such as criminal justice and sentencing, penology and victimology, and human rights, the programme aims to foster general and specific skills with respect to the modern criminal justice system both in Ireland and internationally.

Subjects taught

Programme Content:
Year 1:
Autumn Semester:
• Advanced Legal Research Methods
• Advanced Crime and Criminal Justice

Spring Semester:
• Using Evidence to Improve Societal Outcomes in the Real World
• Youth Crime

Programme Content:
Year 2:
Autumn Semester:
• Penology and Victimology
• Criminal Justice Processes and Sentencing

Spring Semester:
• Postgraduate Human Rights Law
• Dissertation Methodology

Summer Semester:
• LLM/MA Dissertation

Entry requirements

The requirements below are the minimum entry requirements set by the University. Each taught postgraduate programme has particular entry requirements, therefore, applicants should consult the individual programme entries for further details.

Applicants for a Master's programme must normally have a first or second class Level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalents) in a relevant or appropriate subject, or equivalent prior learning that is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement. Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.

Garda Clearance Requirements
Student Vetting

Offers of places on programmes that require garda clearance will be provisional pending the outcome of the Garda vetting process. Garda vetting documents will be sent to all applicants offered places.

Application dates

How to apply:
1. Choose your programme.
2. Check closing date for the programme.
3. Apply online at
4. Have your supporting documentation ready to upload.
5. Pay the application fee (€35 online / €40 bank draft or cheque).
6. Submit your application.

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) our 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.

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


2 Years Part Time - Online

More details
  • Qualification letters

    LLM MA

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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    Course provider