About This Course
Law - International Law PG Cert
1 Year Part-time
See Fees and Costs for full details.
See Requirements for full details.
Open for EU applications, check rounds closing under How To Apply
11 September 2023
On the Postgraduate Certificate in International Law you will study the policy and context for international law and the operation of international law in practice. The course will be of interest to students and practitioners from a range of different fields including law, social policy, political science, public administration development, history, international relations, and social sciences.
Students choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the following:
- LW6009 Climate Change and Energy Law (10 credits)
- LW6550 International Criminal Law (10 credits)
- LW6572 Contemporary Issues in International Law (10 credits)
- LW6584 International Refugee Law (10 credits)
- LW6585 Migration Law and Human Rights (5 credits)
- LW6606 International Human Rights Law (10 credits)
- LW6622 Sale, Insurance and Carriage of Goods at Sea (5 credits)
- LW6623 Global Maritime Security (5 credits)
- LW6627 International Environmental Law (5 credits)
Further details on modules can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed 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.
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 1 year.
You will be examined by continuous assessment throughout the year. Individual module assessments can be viewed in the Book of Modules.
Why Choose This Course
This specialised Postgraduate Certificate builds upon the School’s considerable research and teaching expertise in the field of international law. You can advance your studies in International Law by building on the Certificate to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Law (International Human Rights Law and Public Policy) or an LLM in International Human Rights Law and Public Policy (provided you get an honours mark in your Certificate).
Skills and Careers Information
Graduates of this course are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue careers with international organisations, in legal practice, in policy bodies and in aid and development.
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 International Law.
The number of places available in any given year is dependent on resources and all qualified candidates may not be admitted.
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.
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.
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 is 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 contact the Fees Office.
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