Law - Intellectual Property & E-Law - LLM

University College Cork

Law - Intellectual Property & E-Law - LLM

Applicants for the LLM (Intellectual Property and E-Law) also have the option of registering for a Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property and E-Law. Students take 60 credits of taught modules from those on offer for the LLM (Intellectual Property and E-Law). The Postgraduate Diploma can be completed over 9 months full-time or 18 months part-time.

This shorter programme may be attractive to legal professionals and others who may prefer not to make an initial commitment to a full master’s programme. Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma may further progress their studies by completing a 12,500-word research dissertation and graduate with an LLM.

Subjects taught

Full-time: Students take 90 credits: 70 credits of core/taught modules plus 20 credits of elective modules.
Part-time: Students take 90 credits, completing a total of 40 credits (including LW6574) in Year 1 and 50 credits (including LW6659) in Year 2.

Core Modules (30 credits)
LW6652 Legal Research Methods and Writing (5 credits)
LW6659 LLM Dissertation (25 credits)

Taught Modules (40 credits)
LW6536 Intellectual Property Law (10 credits)
LW6560 Law of Cybercrime (10 credits)
LW6574 Intellectual Property and Internet Regulation (10 credits)
LW6647 IT Law Clinic for Start-ups (10 credits)

Plus choose 20 credits in total from Lists A and B with a maximum of 10 credits being chosen from List B:

List A: Elective Modules in E-Law, Business Law and Human Rights

LW2269 Privacy and Data Protection Law (5 credits)
LW6606 International Human Rights Law (10 credits)
LW6619 Alternative Dispute Resolution: Processes and Practice (5 credits)
LW6643 Negotiation and Mediation (10 credits)
LW6644 Managing Complex Disputes (10 credits)
LW6650 Contemporary Issues in EU Competition Policy (10 credits)
LW6657 Law and Policy of the EU Digital Market (10 credits)
LW6660 Digital Finance and FinTech: Law and Regulation (10 credits)
LW6662 Law and the Future of Europe: Critical Perspectives Internal Market & Citizenship (5 credits)
LW6663 Law and the Future of Europe: Critical Perspectives EMU & Governance (5 credits)

List B: Undergraduate Modules (choose up to 10 credits)
LW2254 Commercial Law (10 credits)
LW3316 Financial Services Law and Regulation (5 credits)
LW3345 Company Law I: Fundamental Concepts and Doctrines (5 credits)
LW3346 Company Law II: Management, Finance and Insolvency (5 credits)
LW3347 Contemporary Issues in Corporate Law (5 credits)
LW3368 Principles of Revenue Law (5 credits)
LW3369 Income Tax Law (5 credits)

Students may not choose a module from List B if they have already taken that module or equivalent subject matter at the undergraduate level or if it involves a timetable clash.

In order to ensure a reasonable distribution of workload, when choosing modules for all programmes, students should take a balance of credits between Semester 1 and Semester 2. Students who wish to deviate from this rule must seek permission from their Programme Director.

Entry requirements

To be accepted on this course you must be approved by the School of Law and must normally:

(a) hold a law degree with Second Class Honours Grade I (NFQ, Level 8); or
(b) have such other relevant third-level educational qualifications and/or professional experience as, in the opinion of the School of Law, qualify you under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to undertake the LLM (Intellectual Property and e-Law) degree;
If you are an overseas candidate you are welcome to apply, and your qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis as above.

Application dates

Closing Date
Rolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.

Assessment Info

You will be examined by continuous assessment throughout the year and your dissertation must be submitted in September. Individual module assessments can be viewed in the Book of Modules.


Students complete 90 credits over 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time. Students take 60 credits of taught modules and a dissertation on a subject of their choice in the area of IP and/or E-Law as approved by their supervisor. The dissertation is worth 30 credits and is normally 15,000 words in length


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

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 9 September 2024

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information
Graduates of the LLM in Intellectual Property and e-Law have excellent legal research and writing skills. They can pursue careers as solicitors, barristers or in-house lawyers, as well as other roles in technology businesses or in the public sector.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ),Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ),Minor Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Daytime,Full time,Part time

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