Law & Technology
On the Postgraduate Certificate in Law and Technology, you will study current and emerging legal issues arising from the inter-relationship between law and technology from regulatory and commercial perspectives.
You will discuss novel and dynamic issues concerning social networks, music and video copyright, regulation of electronic contracts and data protection.
Why Choose This Course
This specialised Postgraduate Certificate builds upon the School's considerable research and teaching expertise in the field of law and technology. You can advance your studies in Law and Technology by building on the Certificate to complete a Diploma in Law (Intellectual Property and E-Law or an LLM in Intellectual Property and E-Law (provided you get an honours mark in your Certificate).
Students take core modules to the value of 30 credits as follows:
LW6541 Electronic Commerce Law (10 credits)
LW6574 Intellectual Property and Internet Regulation (10 credits)
LW6560 Cybercrime (10 credits)
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of 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.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
Candidates must be approved by the School of Law and must normally: (a) hold a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours Law degree (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, qualifies the candidate under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to undertake the Postgraduate Certificate in Law and Technology.
The number of places available in any given year is dependent on resources and all qualified candidates may not be admitted.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland:
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements.
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.
For more information please contact the International Office.
How to apply
1. Choose Course
Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.
2. Apply Online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.
Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.
3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.
Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
Any supplementary items requested for your course.
Please log into the online application portal for more details.
4. Application processing timeline
Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates below.
The UCC application portal will open on November 1st for admission in September 2022.
Irish, EU, UK, EEA and Swiss Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means offers are made at a minimum of four times a year on a rolling basis.
The UCC rounds closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.
Deadline for receipt of full applications/ Offers will be made:
For all completed applications received by January 17th, 2022 -
Offers will be made by January 31st, 2022
For all completed applications received by March 7th, 2022 -
Offers will be made by March 21st, 2022
For all completed applications received by May 3rd, 2022 -
Offers will be made by May 17th, 2022
For all completed applications received by July 1st, 2022 -
Offer will be made by July 15th, 2022
After July late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity.
Applicants from outside of EU, UK, EEA, Switzerland: Information may be found on the International Office Website.
NON-EU CLOSING DATE: 15 June
Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:
You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.
Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.
Please enter the names and email addresses of 2 referees.
The School of Law uses a system of offer rounds to facilitate decision-making and early notification to applicants. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Candidates who do not have their final degree marks available may be made a conditional (provisional) offer.
You will be examined by continuous assessment throughout the year. Individual module assessments can be viewed in the Book of Modules
1 year part-time.
Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 1 year.
Start Date 7 September 2020
Post Course Info
Skills and Careers Information
As well as allowing legal professionals to specialise in this area of legal practice, graduates of the Certificate are equipped with skills appropriate to commercial and compliance roles in technology businesses or to regulatory roles, including in the public sector.