Law - Marine & Maritime Law - LLM

University College Cork

Law - Marine & Maritime Law - LLM

Our LLM programme gives our students the chance to work with the best maritime and marine lawyers in the country, under the academic overview of the globally-recognised UCC School of Law. Our LLM (Marine and Maritime Law) programme integrates theoretical and practical learning of relevant law modules with marine and maritime activities taking place in Cork, such as marine environmental research, marine renewables, law enforcement at sea, fisheries management, shipping and port activities. This programme is based on flexible workload arrangements and is suitable for both law graduates and marine and maritime professionals alike.

Whether you are a law graduate or a marine/maritime professional, this programme provides an in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge, and analysis, of Marine and Maritime Law.

Subjects taught

We offer a wide choice of module options, allowing students to either specialise in their preferred area of marine or maritime law or take a broad range of diverse modules. A clinical module on Law of the Sea allows students the opportunity to understand the practice of law enforcement at sea, and includes access to the Naval Service at Cork. The practical aspect of marine law is also available through science-based, non-law modules such as GIS and Remote Sensing.

Full-time: Students take 90 credits: 60 credits of core/taught modules and 30 credits of elective modules.
Part-time: Students take 90 credits, completing a total of 40 credits in Year 1 and 50 credits (including LLM Dissertation LW6659) in Year 2.

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

Taught Modules (30 credits)
LW6620 Introduction to the Law of the Sea (10 credits)
LW6621 Admiralty Law (10 credits)
LW6645 Marine Environmental and Natural Resources Law (10 credits)
Elective Modules (30 credits)

Students take modules to the value of 30 credits from the lists of elective modules set out below; with at least 20 credits from List A and up to 10 credits from List B.

List A
LW6566 Contemporary Issues in International Law (5 credits)
LW6581 Method in Environmental Law (5 credits)
LW6606 International Human Rights Law (10 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)
LW6622 Sale, Insurance and Carriage of Goods at Sea (5 credits)
LW6623 Global Maritime Security (5 credits)
LW6624 Port Law (5 credits)
LW6625 Law of the Sea (Clinical) (5 credits)*
LW6627 International Environmental Law (5 credits)
LW6633 Public International Law (5 credits)
LW6644 Managing Complex Disputes (10 credits)
LW6649 Environmental Law in Practice (10 credits)

List B: Undergraduate Modules*
LW3371 Sources and Foundations of Environmental Law (5 credits)
LW3372 Environmental Law: Contemporary Issues in Governance, Regulation and Enforcement (5 credits)
* Registration for these modules requires the permission of the Programme Director. Where appropriate, the Programme Director will identify, in consultation with the candidate, whether any undergraduate modules must be taken.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be approved by the School of Law. They must normally hold a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours Law degree (NFQ Level 8). Applicants with other third-level qualifications and/or relevant professional experience are also encouraged to apply.

Applications from overseas candidates are welcome, and their qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Application dates

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

Assessment Info

Generally 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.


The Diploma Fee is €5,300 Full-time €2,650 part-time

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 9 September 2024

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information
As this course allows students to acquire an education in Marine Law, or in purely commercial Maritime Law it allows access to a broad swath of professions including:

governmental and regulatory agencies
infrastructure developers
international organisations / secretariats
legal professions
local government
marine, maritime and environmental consultancy
non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
utilities sector

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  • Qualifications

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

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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