Law - LLM

University College Cork

Law - LLM

Our Law LLM programme is offered by the School of Law since 1992 and remains a very popular vehicle for postgraduate study at the School. Students may either focus their interest in one area, for example, business or international law, or choose from a broad variety of legal subjects. This programme also provides students with the opportunity to pursue a dissertation in their area of interest under the supervision of dedicated and experienced lecturers.

Our LLM offers you a wide choice of options ranging from criminal, medical, and human rights law to internet, environmental and intellectual property law. Students can choose to specialise in one or two chosen areas of interest or they can sample modules from across the broad range of possibilities as detailed in the module selection below.

Postgraduate Diploma in Law
Applicants for the LLM Degree also have the option of registering for a Postgraduate Diploma in Law. Students take 60 credits of taught masters’ modules from those on offer for the LLM. 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-time master's level programme. It is possible for graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma to progress their studies by completing a 12,500-word research dissertation and qualifying them for a Masters in Law (LLM).

Subjects taught

Full-time: Students take 90 credits.
Part-time: Students take 90 credits, completing a total of 40 credits in Year 1 and 50 credits (including LW6652 and LW6659) in Year 2.

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

Elective Modules (60 credits)
LW6507 Comparative Family Property Law (5 credits)
LW6536 Intellectual Property Law (10 credits)
LW6544 Criminology: Core Theories, Context and Critique (10 credits)
LW6560 Law of Cybercrime (10 credits)
LW6563 Child Law in Practice (10 credits)
LW6566 Contemporary Issues in International Law (5 credits
LW6568 The Family and the Law (10 credits)
LW6574 Intellectual Property and Internet Regulation (10 credits)
LW6581 Method in Environmental Law (5 credits)
LW6592 Mental Capacity Law (5 credits)
LW6606 International Human Rights Law (10 credits)
LW6592 Mental Health Law (5 credits)
LW6617 International Biodiversity and Ecosystems Law and Policy (5 credits)
LW6618 Climate Change Law and Policy (5 credits)
LW6619 Alternative Dispute Resolution: Processes and Practice (5 credits)
LW6620 Introduction to the Law of Sea (10 credits)
LW6622 Sale, Insurance and Carriage of Goods at Sea (5 credits)
LW6623 Global Maritime Security (5 credits)
LW6627 International Environmental Law (5 credits)
LW6633 Public International Law (5 credits)
LW6634 Refugee and Forced Displacement Law (10 credits)
LW6643 Negotiation and Mediation (10 credits)
LW6644 Managing Complex Disputes (10 credits)
LW6650 Contemporary Issues in EU Competition Policy (10 credits)
LW6655 Foundations of International Children’s Rights (5 credits)
LW6656 Contemporary Issues in Children’s Rights (5 credits)
LW6657 Law and Policy of the EU Digital Market (10 credits)
LW6658 International Youth Justice (5 credits)
LW6660 Digital Finance and FinTech: Law and Regulation (10 credits)
LW6662 Law & the Future of Europe: Critical Perspectives Internal Market & Citizenship (5 credits)
LW6663 Law & the Future of Europe: Critical Perspectives EMU and Governance (5 credits)

In addition to their chosen modules, all LLM students pursue an individually supervised 25-credit minor dissertation in an area of interest to them.

Entry requirements

(a) Hold a BCL (Hons) Degree from the National University of Ireland with at least a Second Class Honours Grade I; Or
(b) Have such other relevant third-level educational qualifications and/or professional experience as, in the School of Law's opinion, qualify the candidate under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to undertake the LLM Degree.
Applications from overseas candidates are welcome and their qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis under (b) above.

Applicants who are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements

Application dates

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

Assessment Info

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


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

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 9 September 2024

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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