UCC Postgraduate courses

Law - LLM (Intellectual Property and E-Law)

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Law - LLM (Intellectual Property and E-Law)

  • Code


  • College

    Business and Law

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time, Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees

    €7,130; €3,630 (Year 1 Part-time); €3,630 (Year 2 Part-time)
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees


  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Open for EU applications, check rounds closing dates under How to Apply

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    15 June

  • Start Date

    12 September 2022

Course Outline

On the LLM (Intellectual Property and e-Law) you will study the close connection between the fields of intellectual property (copyright, patents and trademarks) and e-law (Internet regulation, electronic commerce and cybercrime). You will discuss novel and dynamic issues concerning social networks, music and video copyright, regulation of electronic contracts and data protection.

Applicants for the LLM (Intellectual Property and E-Law) Degree also have the option of registering for a Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property and E-Law. Students take 60 credits of taught masters’ modules from those on offer for the LLM (Intellectual Property and E-Law). The Postgraduate Diploma can be completed over 9 months full-time or 18 months part-time. 

This shorter programme may be attractive to legal professionals and others who may prefer not to make an initial commitment to a full master’s programme. Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma may further progress their studies by completing a 15,000-word research dissertation and graduating with a Masters in Law (LLM).    

Modules: Students take 90 credits in total, including LW6575 LLM Dissertation (30 credits). Students must take a minimum of 25 credits from List A (which must include at least LW6536 or LW6574). Students may choose a maximum of 35 credits in total from Lists B and C, with a maximum of 10 credits being chosen from List C.

Core Module (30 credits)

  • LW6575 LLM (Intellectual Property and e-Law) Dissertation (30 credits)

Elective Modules (60 credits)

List A: Students must choose a minimum of 25 credits from List A (which must include at least LW6536 or LW6574). 

  • LW6529 Information Rights Law (10 credits) 
  • LW6536 Intellectual Property Law (10 credits) 
  • LW6541 Electronic Commerce Law (10 credits) 
  • LW6560 Law of Cybercrime (10 credits) 
  • LW6574 Intellectual Property and Internet Regulation (10 credits) 
  • LW6612 IT Law Clinic (5 credits)

List B: Students may choose a maximum of 35 credits in total from List B

  • LW6507 Comparative Family Property Law (5 credits)
  • LW6544 Criminology (10 credits) 
  • LW6545 Penology (10 credits) 
  • LW6546 Juvenile Justice (10 credits) 
  • LW6549 International Children's Rights (10 credits)
  • LW6550 International Criminal Law (10 credits) 
  • LW6568 The Family and the Law (10 credits)
  • LW6572 Contemporary Issues in International Law (10 credits)
  • LW6578 Consumer Rights: Law and Policy (5 credits)
  • LW6579 Law of Secured Lending (5 credits)
  • LW6580 Environmental Law in Practice (5 credits)
  • LW6581 Method in Environmental Law (5 credits)
  • LW6584 International Refugee Law (5 credits)
  • LW6588 Enforcement and Sanctions in Antitrust Law (5 credits)
  • LW6589 Contemporary Issues in EU Competition Policy (5 credits) 
  • LW6592 Mental Capacity Law (5 credits)
  • LW6603 Legal Regulation of Cohabitation and Emerging Family Forms (5 credits)
  • LW6605 European Corporate Restructuring, Insolvency and Rescue (10 credits)
  • LW6606 International Human Rights Law (10 credits) 
  • LW6609 Mental Health Law (5 credits) 
  • LW6622 Sale, Insurance and Carriage of Goods by Sea (5 credits) 
  • LW6623 Global Maritime Security (5 credits)
  • LW6626 Law of Ship Finance (5 credits)
  • LW6627 International Environmental Law (5 credits) 
  • LW6628 Marine Environmental Law (5 credits)
  • LW6629 Natural Resources Law (5 credits)

List C (undergraduate modules): Students may choose a maximum of 10 credits from List C. 

  • LW2254 Commercial Law (10 credits)
  • LW3301 Employment Law: Contracts, Rights and Termination (5 credits) 
  • LW3302 Employment Law: Employee Protection, Equality and Industrial Relations (5 credits) 
  • LW3316 Financial Services Law and Regulation (5 credits)
  • LW3317 Banking Law (5 credits)
  • LW3345 Company Law: Fundamental Concepts and Doctrines (5 credits)
  • LW3346 Company Law: Management, Finance and Insolvency (5 credits)
  • LW3347 Contemporary Issues in Corporate Law (5 credits) 
  • LW3368 Principles of Revenue Law (5 credits) 
  • LW3369 Income Tax Law (5 credits)

Students may not choose a module from List C if they have already taken that module or equivalent subject matter at undergraduate level or if it involves a timetable clash. Full details may be found in the College Calendar. Please see the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.


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.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

LLM classes are in a seminar format. This participative and interactive format of teaching is suitable for postgraduate level. Students receive advance reading lists and/or materials for each seminar. 
Seminars take place in 2-hour blocks between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday. 10 credit modules run for 12 weeks and 5 credit modules run for 6 weeks.


Students complete 90 credits over 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time. Students take 60 credits of taught modules and a dissertation on a subject of their choice in the area of IP and/or E-Law as approved by their supervisor.  The dissertation is worth 30 credits and is normally 15,000 words in length. 


You will be examined by continuous assessment throughout the year and your dissertation must be submitted in September. To view individual module assessments in the Book of Modules .

Who teaches this course?

The School of Law has many experts and committed lecturers with expertise across a wide range of areas. You can view the full list of teaching staff on the following link here  

Why Choose This Course

The LLM in Intellectual Property and E-Law reflects the close connection in legal research and practice between the fields of Intellectual Property (copyright, patents and trademarks) and E-Law (internet regulation, electronic commerce and law of cybercrime). 

This specialised LLM builds upon the Law School’s considerable research and teaching expertise in the fields of Intellectual Property and E-Law. Students can choose from a range of intellectual property, commercial, information law and e-law modules and further specialise by writing a dissertation on any one of the modern challenges presented by the practice of intellectual property law in the electronic age.  

The LLM includes a unique IT Law Clinic module, where students provide legal information to startups on issues such as copyright, data protection and selling online.  The clinic is the first such clinic in any Irish university and provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge of these dynamic legal areas to real-life problems faced by businesses.  The clinic website is at https://www.ucc.ie/en/lawsite/currentstudents/it-law-clinic/ .   

UCC Law School is the Irish Partner in the global Creative Commons movement and a member of the iLINC European Network of Law Incubators, which aims to facilitate provision of legal information and advice to ICT entrepreneurs and start-ups. We organise major conferences on Intellectual Property and E Law, e.g. “Regulating Cloud Computing: Clear Skies Ahead?” in 2012.   

For information on I.P. and e-Law at UCC see www.ucc.ie/law/lawonline/elaw/ .

Placement or Study Abroad Information

For information on the School of Law vacation placements programme see link http://www.ucc.ie/en/lawsite/currentstudents/placements/

Skills and Careers Information

Graduates of the LLM in Intellectual Property and  e-Law have excellent legal research and writing skills. They can pursue careers as solicitors, barristers or in-house lawyers, as well as other roles in technology businesses or in the public sector


To be accepted on this course you must be approved by the School of Law and must normally:

  • hold a law degree with Second Class Honours Grade I (NFQ, Level 8)
  • have such other relevant third level educational qualifications and/or professional experience as, in the opinion of the School of Law, qualify you under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to undertake the LLM (Intellectual Property and e-Law) degree.
  • If you are an overseas candidate you are welcome to apply, and your qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis as above. Non-EU applicants should contact the International Education Office by email at internationalpostgrad@ucc.ie for application details.


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

International/non-EU applicants

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 €7,130; €3,630 (Year 1 Part-time); €3,630 (Year 2 Part-time).

The Non-EU fee for this course is €17,500.


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 fees@ucc.ie.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Professional Master of Education (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

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.

Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

5. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Questions on how to apply?

Please 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 closing date for non-EU applications is 15 June

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