Law - Marine & Maritime Law - LLM
The LLM (Marine and Maritime Law) at the School of Law, University College Cork is a new programme which brings together the best legal expertise in the field in Ireland. It covers a range of legal topics from purely Shipping and Maritime Law to Marine Environmental Protection and International Law of the Sea. The programme gives the opportunity to students to work with the best Maritime and Marine Lawyers in the country, under the academic overview of a highly reputable and internationally acclaimed law school. The LLM integrates theoretical and practical learning of the law, and connects module contents 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. It is a programme based on flexible workload arrangements, and suitable to law graduates and marine and maritime professionals alike.
Applicants for the LLM (Marine and Maritime Law) Degree also have the option of registering for a Postgraduate Diploma in Marine and Maritime Law. Students take 60 credits of taught masters' modules from those on offer for the LLM (Marine and Maritime Law Law). The Postgraduate Diploma can be completed over 9 months full-time or 18 months part-time. Those who wish to apply for the Diploma should contact email@example.com for application details.
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 15,000 word research dissertation and graduating with a Masters in Law (LLM).
The LLM (Marine and Maritime Law) offers a wide choice of options, allowing students to either specialise in their preferred area of marine or maritime law, or to take a broad range of diverse modules. A clinical module on Law of the Sea in Practice give students the opportunity to understand the practice of law enforcement at sea, and includes access to the Naval Service at Cork. The practical aspect to marine law is also available through science-based, non-law modules on GIS, Remote Sensing and Characteristics of the Marine Environment.
The LLM (Marine and Maritime Law) in the School of Law, UCC builds on the expertise and reputation of researchers and professionals in Cork and in Ireland to offer world-class education in Marine Law and in Maritime Law. Whether students are law graduates or marine/maritime professionals, the programme provides them with an in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge and analysis of Marine and Maritime Law.
Why Choose This Course
The LLM (Marine and Maritime Law) at UCC connects in a single hub the leading marine and maritime research and practice in Ireland. Students have the unique opportunity to learn from internationally acclaimed researchers and practitioners. The programme puts the law in practice in the fields of shipping and marine environmental research. Through a clinical module, students have the opportunity to learn about law enforcement at sea, including through access to a naval ship at Cork. The programme is built on what Ireland does best in the marine and maritime world, and from there it reaches international excellence.
Candidates must be approved by the School of Law. They must normally hold a Law Degree (Level 8) with at least a Second Class Honours Grade 1. Candidates 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. Non-EU applicants should contact the International Education Office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for application details. The number of places available in any given year is dependent on resources and all qualified candidates may not be admitted.
If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available online.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country online.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
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
Modules: Students take 90 credits in total, including 50 credits of core modules and 40 credits of elective modules.
Core Modules (50 credits)
Students take core modules to the value of 55 credits.
LW6620 Introduction to the Law of the Sea (10 credits)
LW6621 Admiralty Law (10 credits)
LW6630 LLM (Marine and Maritime Law) Dissertation (30 credits)
Elective Modules (40 credits)
Students take elective modules to the value of 40 credits. At least 20 credits must be chosen from List A and up to 20 credits may be chosen from List B.
List A - Marine, Maritime and Environmental Law Modules
Students must choose at least 20 credits from List A.
LW6572 Contemporary Issues in International Law (10 credits)*
LW6580 Environmental Law in Practice (5 credits)
LW6581 Method in Environmental Law (5 credits)
LW6617 International Biodiversity and Ecosystems Law and Policy (5 credits)
LW6618 Climate Change Law and Policy (5 credits)
LW6622 Sale, Insurance and Carriage of Goods by Sea (5 credits)
LW6623 Global Maritime Security (5 credits)
LW6624 Port Law (5 credits)
LW6625 Law of the Sea (Clinical) (5 credits)
LW6626 Law of Ship Finance (5 credits)
LW6627 International Environmental Law (5 credits)
LW6628 Marine Environmental Law (5 credits)
LW6629 Natural Resources Law (5 credits)
LW6632 Citizen Suits in Environmental Law (5 credits)
List B - Non-Marine, Maritime and Environmental Law Modules
Students may choose up to 20 credits from List B.
GG6501 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (5 credits)
GG6502 Introduction to Remote Sensing (5 credits)
LW6101 Introduction to Planning Law (10 credits)
LW6106 Legal Concepts for Heritage and Environment (10 credits)
LW6541 Electronic Commerce Law (10 credits)
LW6550 International Criminal Law (10 credits)
LW6560 Law of Cybercrime (10 credits)
LW6584 International Refugee Law (5 credits)
LW6588 Enforcement and Sanctions in Antitrust Law (5 credits)
LW6589 Contemporary Issues in EU Competition Policy (5 credits)
LW6605 European Corporate Restructuring, Insolvency and Rescue (10 credits)
LW6606 International Human Rights Law (10 credits)
Full details may be found in the College Calendar. Please see the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.
Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time
The part-time option will be taught during weekdays working hours over 2 years.
The Diploma Fee is €5,300 Full-time €2,650 part-time
Start Date 7 September 2020
Post Course Info
Skills and Careers Information
The course allows students to acquire an education in Marine Law, or in purely commercial Maritime Law. The LLM (Marine and Maritime Law) prepares them to access professions with the following bodies:
Governmental and regulatory agencies
Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
Marine, maritime and Environmental consultancy
International organisations / secretariats