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Law - Intellectual Property & E-Law - LLM

On the LLM (Intellectual Property and e-Law) you will study the close connection between the fields of intellectual property (copyright, patents and trademarks) and e-law (Internet regulation, electronic commerce and cybercrime). You will discuss novel and dynamic issues concerning social networks, music and video copyright, regulation of electronic contracts and data protection.

Applicants for the LLM (Intellectual Property and E-Law) Degree also have the option of registering for a Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property and E-Law. Students take 60 credits of taught masters’ modules from those on offer for the LLM (Intellectual Property and E-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 or 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).

Unique Aspects of the Course.
This specialised LLM builds upon the Faculty’s considerable research and teaching expertise in the fields of intellectual property and e-law. You can choose from a range of intellectual property, commercial, information law and e-law modules and further specialise by writing a thesis on any one of the modern challenges presented by the practice of intellectual property law in the electronic age. The Law Faculty has developed close ties with University of New Hampshire Law School, USA, which specialises in technology law and intellectual property law and runs an annual e-Law Summer Institute jointly with the UNH Law School.

Entry requirements

To be accepted on this course you must be approved by the Faculty of Law and must normally:

◾hold a law degree with at Second Class Honours Grade 1 or

◾have such other relevant third level educational qualifications and/or professional experience as, in the opinion of the Faculty of Law, qualify you to undertake the LLM (Intellectual Property and e-Law) degree.

◾If you are an overseas candidate you are welcome to apply, and your qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis as above. Non-EU applicants should contact the International Education Office by email at for application details.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Part-time 2 years by day (part-time option taught during weekday working hours)

Number of credits

90 credits

Careers or further progression

Graduates of the LLM in Intellectual Property and e-Law have excellent legal research and writing skills. They can pursue careers as solicitors, barristers or in-house lawyers, as well as other roles in technology businesses or in the public sector.

For information on the School of Law vacation placements programme see:

Further enquiries

Veronica Calnan,
Faculty of Law,
University College,
Tel: 353 (0)21 490 3995

Programme Coordinator
Name: Dr Darius Whelan
Email Address:
Tel: 353 (0)21 490 3452
Address: Law Faculty, Aras na Laoi, UCC

Anna O’Sullivan, Administrator
Tel: (021) 420 5170

Go to for more information about the LLM (Intellectual Property and E-Law).

Subjects taught

Students complete 90 credits over 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time. Students take 60 credits of taught modules and a dissertation on a subject of their choice in the area of IP and/or E-Law as approved by their supervisor. The dissertation is worth 30 credits and is normally 15,000 words in length.

Please visit the Law Faculty website at for up to date information on the programme.

Programme regulations are available in the College Calendar

Please see the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.


Course Practicalities.
LLM classes are in seminar format. This participative and interactive format of teaching is suitable for postgraduate level. Students receive advance reading lists and/or materials for each seminar.

Seminars take place in 2 hour blocks between 9:00am and 6:00pm, Monday to Friday. 10 credit modules run for 12 weeks and 5 credit modules run for 6 weeks.

Who teaches this course?
The School of Law has many expert and committed lecturers with expertise across a wide range of areas. You can view the full list of teaching staff on the School of Law website.

Assessment method

You will be examined by continuous assessment throughout the year and your dissertation must be submitted by the end of September.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

Course fee

2017/2018 Irish/EU FEE €7,000 full-time.
The part-time course fee is half the full-time fee in the particular year of study.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

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