About This Course
Law - Advanced Family Law PG Cert
1 Year Part-time
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See Requirements for full details.
Open for EU applications, check rounds closing under How To Apply
11 September 2023
On the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Family Law, you will be exposed to law and theory in Ireland and internationally. At the same time you will get valuable insights into various aspects of the law in action by engaging with social workers, legal professionals and others.
You will work with scholars who have a track record of outstanding scholarship on legal issues relating to families.
Students take modules to the value of 30 credits from the following:
- LW6507 Comparative Family Property Law (5 credits)
- LW6568 The Family and the Law (10 credits)
- LW6603 Legal Regulation of Cohabitation and Emerging Family Forms (5 credits)
- LW6614 Family Law Clinic (5 credits)
- LW6592 Mental Capacity Law (5 credits)
The part-time option is taught during weekday working hours over 1 year.
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
Classes are in seminar format. This participative and interactive format of teaching is suitable for postgraduate level. You will receive advance reading lists and/or materials for each seminar. Seminars take place in two-hour blocks between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. 10 credit modules run for 12 weeks and 5 credit modules run for 6 weeks. Arrangements may be made for courtroom observation in the family courts.
You will be examined by continuous assessment throughout the year. Individual module assessments can be viewed in the Book of Modules
Who teaches this course
The School of Law has many committed lecturers with expertise across a wide range of areas, and has particular strengths in the area of family law. For a full list of School members, including details of research interests, publications and postgraduate supervision, see here
Why Choose This Course
The Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Family Law builds on the School’s wide range of expertise and knowledge in the area of family law. From this course, you will gain a unique specialisation in legal issues relating to the family, including family property and emerging family forms. You can advance your studies in Family Law by building on the Certificate to complete a Diploma in Child and Family Law or an LLM in Child and Family Law (provided you get an honours mark in your Certificate).
Skills and Careers Information
As well as allowing legal professionals to specialise in this area of legal practice, graduates of the Certificate are well equipped to work across the family law sector – with government departments and agencies, with non-governmental organisations (both nationally and internationally), or other bodies who work with families.
Candidates must be approved by the School of Law and must normally: (a) hold a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours Law degree (NFQ, Level 8) or (b) have such other relevant third level educational qualifications and/or professional experience as, in the opinion of the School of Law, qualifies the candidate under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to undertake the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Family Law.
The number of places available in any given year is dependent on resources and all qualified candidates may not be admitted.
The School of Law uses a system of offer rounds to facilitate decision-making and early notification to applicants. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Candidates who do not have their final degree marks available may be made a conditional (provisional) offer.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.
- In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
- Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.
Fees and Costs
The EU fee for this course is €2,630.
If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.
EU student fee payment
Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.
International student fee payment
International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.
How can I pay?
You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.
If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Do I Apply
1. Check Dates: Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.
- For Irish and EU applicants we operate a rounds system and you can check the rounds closing dates here.
- Note that not all our programmes are subject to the rounds system so check the opening and closing dates for your specific programme in the fact file boxes above.
2. Gather Documents: Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:
- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC;
- Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.
3. Apply Online: Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.
Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.
Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:
You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.
Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.
Please enter the names and email addresses of 2 referees.
The School of Law uses a system of offer rounds to facilitate decision-making and early notification to applicants. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Candidates who do not have their final degree marks available may be made a conditional (provisional) offer.Apply Now