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MCL Common Law
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)
The Masters in Common Law is a unique two-year programme offering non-law graduates the opportunity to obtain a law degree.

Students will take a range of modules designed to introduce them to the main areas of our legal system. Teaching will be through the medium of lectures and fortnightly graduate seminars.

You will study a range of modules designed to introduce you to the main areas of our legal system, including Tort, Contract Law and European Law amongst others.

On completion of your studies, you should be able to:
- Demonstrate a broad appreciation of the principal branches of the discipline of law
- Make effective use of oral and written skills and apply ICT in learning, research and presentation of legal reports and assignments
- Work effectively as a member of a legal team with common objectives

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Students who have completed or are in final year of a non-law degree (Level 8 NQAI or equivalent) can apply for this programme.

-demonstrate specialised, detailed knowledge and understanding of the legal systems of Ireland and of the European Union.
-apply their knowledge and understanding in a manner that indicates a professional approach to their specific work or vocation in the field of law.
-gather and interpret the relevant data from a variety of sources, both legal and factual, to inform judgments on problems within the major branches of law.
-make their own judgments, including the capacity to reflect on relevant political, social, economic, historical, or ethical issues associated with law.
- communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions, considering the importance of legal arguments in public policy debates, in an accessible and intelligible manner to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
-realise those learning skills that are necessary for them to continue to undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy.
-identify, in the field of legal scholarship, the relevant sources of law and commentary upon and analysis of it and to frame their own original legal arguments.

Entry requirements

Applications for the programme will be made through the University's on-line application system. Go to Admissions are open to graduates (and graduands) with an upper second class degree in a non-law subject or in which law was not a minor.

Please note that applications are assessed on a rolling basis.

What are the fees for this programme?

For further details go to

Please note: In the event that you are offered a place on one of our programmes, accepting a place is a two part process; as well as submitting an online acceptance, you must also pay a non-refundable deposit. The normal deposit is 500 euro. Your deposit must be received within 15 working days of the date of your offer letter.

International Applicants and students

Students/Applicants requiring information from an International perspective may visit the website for information regarding our campus, location of UCD and visa information. Applicants may visit for full information on fees and fee payment methods.

Letter of recommendation

Further Information

Please contact:

Justine McCann
Sutherland School of Law,
University College Dublin,
Dublin 4

Telephone (01) 716 4109


2 years full-time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

This degree offers you the relevant recognitions as part of the process of becoming a barrister or solicitor in Ireland. You may also choose to work in the commercial field complete with a strong legal background. The MCL is one of the Kings Inn's approved degrees.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Justine McCann
Contact Number: +353(0) 1 716 4109

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option

European Human Rights Law LAW30310

English Land Law LAW30380

Matrimonial Law and Reliefs LAW30400

Environmental Law and Policy LAW30440

Family and Child Law LAW30450

Industrial Relations Law LAW30460

International Human Rights Law LAW30470

English Public Law LAW37450

Planning Law LAW37460

International Commercial Arbitration LAW40060

Media Regulation LAW40230

Advanced Issues in European Competition Law LAW40360

Key Issues in Irish Public Law LAW40740

Role of Tort Law in the 21st Century LAW40770

Role of Contract Law in the 21st Century LAW40800

Law in the EU: Theory & Practice LAW40810

Issues and Perspectives in Criminal Law LAW40820

Property Law LAW40830

Evidence Law: Doctrine & Reality LAW40880

Advanced Issues in Equity & Trusts LAW40890

Corporations in Society & the Law LAW40900

Public Law in Practice LAW40910

Jurisprudence LAW40920


A unique two-year programme offering non-law graduates the opportunity to obtain a law degree.

Application date

Deadline Rolling *

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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2018/2019 September

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

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