Law - Human Rights in Criminal Justice - Online

Key programme benefits to future students
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 system.

Students will be given an in-depth understanding of the legal regimes operating at national, regional and global levels and sources of human rights law in the field of criminal justice.

In addition to an understanding of the human rights protection mechanisms in this context, students will address the question of how human rights law can be enforced. Students will also develop important transferable skills including analytical, research, communication and report writing skills.

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
• Advanced Legal Research Methods
• Advanced Crime and Criminal Justice

Spring Modules
• Two electives

Optional Modules
Using Evidence to Improve Societal Outcomes in the Real World | Youth Crime | International Criminal Law | Policing & Human Rights.

Year 2
Autumn Modules
• Penology and Victimology
• Criminal Justice Processes and Sentencing

Spring Modules
• Dissertation Methodology
• One elective

Optional Modules
Postgraduate Human Rights Law | International Criminal Law | Policing & Human Rights.

Summer Modules
• LLM/MA Dissertation

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally have a minimum second-class honours degree, grade 2 (2.2) in law or in a relevant social science discipline (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland).Applicants with a primary degree in law will be awarded an LL.M., whereas applicants from cognate disciplines to law will be awarded an M.A on successful completion of the course.

In exceptional circumstances an applicant who cannot satisfy the undergraduate requirement may be accepted based on relevant work experience in accordance with UL’s Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning. Please include all relevant work experience on the one page supporting statement uploaded with your application.

Applications from those with practical experience in either field of human rights or criminal justice 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) 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.
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.


2 years part-time, online.

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    LLM MA

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Part time

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