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Employment Law

The syllabus is designed to provide participants with a detailed knowledge of all aspects of the law relating to employment both individual and collective.

- This 30 credit Course consists of a series of 12 lectures in Semester One together with a Distinguished Guest Lecture (Employment Law I) and a series of a further 10 lectures in Semester Two together with a workshop on Dispute Resolution Machinery (Employment Law II). Students will be required to complete a dissertation by the end of each semester for which 10 credits will be applied to each. There will also be a two-hour end of year examination to which a further 10 credits will be applied. The examination, which is of two hours duration, will be held in May.

Who should apply?
Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

It includes the formation of a contract of employment, employment rights and duties, dismissal, employment equality, industrial action, workplace privacy, bullying, stress at work and freedom of association.

Vision and Values Statement
The programme equips students with a detailed knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the law relating to employment, both individual and collective. These are career-enhancing not just for practising lawyers but also for trade union and employer association official, personnel and human resources managers and industrial relations practitioners.

Graduates of the programme will enhance their competence in a wide range of profession and occupations, by adding relevant knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to employment law. The understanding of employment law acquired is relevant to their contribution as citizens in a wide range of areas.

Through small group teaching, activity based learning and simulations, students will develop a set of procedural, analytical and communication skills relevant to the practice of employment law (but also transferable to other contexts), on a foundation of understanding of its legal framework.

To these ends, the programme uses teaching, learning and assessment approaches such as small group teaching, academic writing and summative examination assessments.

Entry requirements

Applications for admission to the Programme are invited from practising barristers or solicitors, graduates holding an approved university law degree or law-based inter disciplinary university degree or equivalent.

Applications will also be considered from the holders of academic and/or professional qualifications. Proof of such experience will be required as to satisfy the School of Law that they are able to participate fully in the course.

Applicants should submit either work references or transcripts as proof of relevant qualifications/experience.


1 year part-time.

Number of credits


Further enquiries

Contact Name: Niall Holohan
Contact Number:+353(0) 1 716 4114

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Professional Diploma in Employment Law

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
Dip in Employment Law PT (B060)
1 Years

Part Time

Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Course fee

ProfDip Employment Law (B060) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 3960
nonEU fee per year - € 6400

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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