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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 QQI or equivalent) can apply for this programme.

Vision and Values Statement
This programmes is for graduates in disciplines other than law who wish to complete a Master's degree in the law of Ireland and acquire a profound understanding of how law works in theory and in practice, both in Ireland and elsewhere. The programme enables students to proceed to professional training as lawyers in Ireland and elsewhere but also provides knowledge, skills and experience applicable in a wide variety of careers.

We aim for students to be highly active, motivated, autonomous learners, conscious of the social, cultural and political dimensions of the law, who combine the academic basis for a successful career in law with more widely applicable knowledge and skills.

We strive for a learning environment that encourages students to work individually or as part of a team, so they can develop their own and other' leadership, teamwork and communication skills.

To these ends, the programme makes intensive use of teaching, learning and assessment approaches such as seminar-based teaching and legal writing assessments.

Programme Outcomes
-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

Careers & Employability
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

English Land Law

Matrimonial Law and Reliefs

Environmental Law and Policy

Family and Child Law

International Human Rights Law

English Public Law

Planning Law

Research Module 10 cr

International Commercial Arbitration

Key Issues in Irish Public Law

Role of Tort Law in the 21st Century

Role of Contract Law in the 21st Century

Law in the EU: Theory & Practice

Issues and Perspectives in Criminal Law

Property Law

Evidence Law: Doctrine & Reality

Advanced Issues in Equity & Trusts

Corporations in Society & theLaw

Public Law in Practice

Principles of Jurisprudence

Vis Arbitration Moot

Whistleblowing Law & Practice


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

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
Masters Common Law FT (B209)
2 Years

Full Time

Rolling *

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

Course fee

MCL Common Law (B209) Full Time
EU Year 1 - €7065
EU Year 2 - €6795 aa
nonEU Year 1 - €19200
nonEU Year 2 - €18700

aaSecond Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2019 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2018/19
***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships (Non-EU Students). We also offer scholarships for EU applicants. All applicants who apply before May 31st will be included. Further details at

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September.

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