Law Postgraduate

Welcome to the School of Law Postgraduate Website at University Cork.  

We are now accepting applications for taught postgrad courses with a Sept 2017 start. 

  • All Applications must be made online at 

  • EU Closing Date: The Law School uses a system of offer rounds to facilitate early notification to applicants. Applicants who do not have their final degree results when applying may receive a conditional offer. The closing dates for 2017 are as follows:
  • Non EU Closing Date: The closing date for receipt of Non EU applications is 15th June 2017

R-L: Dr Darius Whelan & Professor Maeve McDonagh, Directors of the Law School’s IT Law Clinic pictured with Professor Bill Murphy, School of Law, University of New Hampshire, who delivered a guest seminar entitled “Why Valuation of Intellectual Property assets is a critical skill for the information age lawyer” on 2nd Feb.

Left to right: Bei Min Zhao; Alexander McFarlane, James Kiernan (LLM Business Law students) and Patrick Ryan, Director and Senior Legal Counsel, Unwired Planet, at Business Law in Practice Seminar, Monday 16th November 2015.

Congratulations to Katherine Wade, Anne-Marie Brennan, Kolawole Oke and Anne Neylon pictured above, who graduated with a PhD in Law at the Autumn Conferrings.

Katherine Wade - Thesis title: Reforming the legal framework for clinical trials with neonates in Ireland: A children’s rights approach. Supervisors: Prof Ursula Kilkelly & Dr Deirdre Madden.

Anne Marie Brennan - Thesis title: The Accountability of Transnational Armed Groups Under International Law
Supervisors: Prof Siobhan Mullally & Dr Fiona Donson

Emmanuel Kolawole Oke - Thesis title: Preserving Patent Policy Space and Securing Access to Medicines in Developing Countries: The Role of States and Pharmaceutical Corporations. Supervisors: Prof Steve Hedley and Dr Louise Crowley.

Anne Neylon - Thesis title:  Enforcing Precariousness:  A Comparative Analysis of the Limitations Placed on the Legal Status of RefugeesSupervisor:  Professor Siobhan Mullally

Katherine is currently a Wellcome Trust Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics at King's College London and Anne and Anna Marie are currently lecturing in Liverpool Law School at the University of Liverpool.  

Left to Right: Dr Conor O’Mahony, Ann Lynch, Jane Mulcahy, Celia Le Lievre, Maria Avgeri, Ola Taiwo, Kristin Turney, Helen Kehoe,  Sandra Duffy. 

The School of Law, UCC is delighted to welcome a new cohort of research students this academic year. With students from France, Nigeria, USA and Greece as well as Ireland, the new students will continue to strengthen the international reputation of our research programme. The research areas covered also reflect the research strengths of the School of Law, with Human Rights, Gender Rights, Criminal Justice, Environmental Law and Healthcare and Decision making being some of the topics on which the doctoral research will be completed. 

UCC Law School is pleased to announce our new conversion law degree. Aimed at graduates from other disciplines who are seeking a change in direction and would like to find a career in law or related area such as human rights. Starting this academic year 2015-16, our postgraduate LLB degree in Law will admit graduates who have not previously studied law.   

The two year full time postgraduate degree offers graduates from other disciplines a chance to study core undergraduate law modules and develop essential legal skills, such as advocacy and legal research/writing.  

A student who chooses to study for the LLB will take the subjects which make up the foundation topics as required by the legal professions – FE1s and Kings Inn exams – such as Criminal Law and Constitutional Law. In addition, students will be able to choose from a wide range of optional subjects such as Human Rights Law and Commercial Law.  LLB students may apply to the Head of School to attend modules in the evening.

Should you want more information on this degree, please visit the UCC Study web page at:

The application process for the programme is currently open and application can be made through . Course Codes as follows: CKL44 (full-time), CKL45 (part-time) 

If you would like to further discuss what the programme involves, please contact Dr Fiona Donson at

‌The School of Law at UCC is delighted to welcome four visiting PhD students for the spring and summer semesters.  Internationalisation of the postgraduate research experience brings a variety of benefits to scholars, including networking and access to a diverse range of expertise and resources. Many of our students spend periods studying at international universities during their PhD, and visiting students bring a diversity of experiences and perspectives to the research environment here in UCC.

Pictured above L-R: Alessandro Merlini, from University of Rome Tor Vergata, is completing a PhD in Company and Insolvency Law.  Rossella Calicchio, from Doctoral School on the Agro-Food System, Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, is completing a PhD in environmental tax issues or “Green Taxes”.  Alexandros Stylianidis, originally from Greece, is conducting his PhD studies in the Department of Law at the University of Vienna, where his research is focused primarily on children’s rights, minority rights and cultural rights.
Also, Andrea Vincenzo Serrentino (not in photo), a PhD student in Civil Law at the University of Verona, is completing a PhD about the contract of transaction.

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