Legal Studies

The Higher Diploma in Legal Studies is open to graduates from all disciplines who wish to acquire advanced credentials in law. The programme is aimed at those who wish to obtain a legal qualification. The programme is particularly suited for professionals working in areas where knowledge of law is vital (financial services, human resources, etc). The design and content of the course is also excellent preparation for those intending to qualify as a solicitor.

Entry requirements

Candidates should have a minimum 2.2 grade, honours (level 8) degree. For international students whose first language is not English, an English exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is also required.


MH60J 1 year Full-time

Careers or further progression

Career options:

Increasingly, technical personnel, administrators, and policy-makers are being required to have an in-depth knowledge of relevant legal advances and to deploy an enormous array of analytical, conceptual, professional, and writing skills. Maynooth University Department of Law's Higher Diploma in Legal Studies addresses this need by offering students a strong core of legal knowledge to support more advanced specialised legal topics pertinent to many typical non-law careers.

Postgraduate options:
For further information on Postgraduate options please go to the Graduate Studies site

Further enquiries

Programme Director Dr. Caitriona O'Toole
Executive Assistant Georgina Sherlock
Tel +353 (0)1 708 3656 / 3472
Address Education Department, Education House, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules offered include EU Law, Contract Law, Torts, Constitutional Law, Equity and Trusts, and Jurisprudence


At Maynooth Law, we equip students with the core attributes required of the legal graduate, developing students' problem-solving, advocacy and legal writing skills. We offer critical insights from a range of other disciplines, including politics, psychology, economics and sociology. Students will be exposed to the operation of the law in practice, through engagement with legal firms, public and private sector organisations and community and voluntary groups.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Closing date: 30 June 2019

The Master of Education MH52G is not a teacher training course. It does not confer qualified teaching status.

Online application only

PAC Code MH57G

The following documents should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport. Applicants are only required to submit the names and contact details of 2 referees.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!