About This Course
Law - Advanced Family Law PG Cert
1 year Part-time
Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
EU Fees 2021
See Fees and Costs for full details.
See Requirements for full details.
Currently open for late EU applications
13 September 2021
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)
Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be 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 available here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please 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.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please 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:
Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.
How can I pay?
By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.
If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at email@example.com .
The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.
How Do I Apply
1. Choose Course
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2. Apply Online
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3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.
- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
- Any supplementary items requested for your course.
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4. Application processing timeline
Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.
Questions on how to apply?
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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