About This Course
Law - LLM (International Human Rights Law and Public Policy)
1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time
Full-time, Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
EU Fees 2021
€7,130; €3,630 (Year 1 Part-time); €3,630 (Year 2 Part-time)
See Fees and Costs for full details.
Non-EU Fees 2021
See Requirements for full details.
Open for EU applications, check rounds closing dates under How to Apply
Non-EU Closing Date
13 September 2021
This LLM engages students in the practice and policy context of human rights law internationally.
The course offers students a wide range of human rights law courses taught by leading experts in their field. It includes interdisciplinary teaching and a unique International Human Rights clinical module which focuses on essential human rights lawyering skills, including oral and written advocacy (legal and policy), strategic litigation, fact-finding and development.
The course will be of interest to students and practitioners from a range of different fields including:
- Social policy
- Political science
- Public administration
- International relations social sciences
Applicants for the LLM (International Human Rights Law and Public Policy) degree also have the option of registering for a Postgraduate Diploma in International Law and Human Rights. Students take 60 credits of taught masters’ modules from those on offer for the LLM (International Human Rights Law and Public Policy). The Postgraduate Diploma can be completed over 9 months full-time or 18 months part-time. Those who wish to apply for the Diploma should contact email@example.com for application details.
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 55 credits of core modules and 35 credits of elective modules.
Core Modules (55 credits)
Students take core modules to the value of 55 credits.
- LW6571 LLM (International Human Rights Law and Public Policy) Dissertation (30 credits)
- LW6572 Contemporary Issues in International Law (10 credits)
- LW6586 Human Rights Law in Practice (Clinic) (5 credits)
- LW6606 International Human Rights Law (10 credits)
Elective Modules (35 credits)
Students take elective modules to the value of 35 credits. At least 25 of those credits must be chosen from List A. Students may, if they wish, choose up to 10 credits from List B.
Students must choose at least 25 credits from the following:
- CR6009 Terrorism and Political Violence (10 credits)
- LW2208 Law of the European Convention on Human Rights (5 credits)
- LW6529 Information Rights Law (10 credits)
- LW6544 Criminology (5 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)
- LW6584 International Refugee Law (5 credits)
- LW6609 Mental Health Law (5 credits)
- LW6618 Climate Change Law and Policy (5 credits)
- LW6627 International Environmental Law (5 credits)
- PH6012 Human Rights 1 (10 credits)
Students may choose 10 credits from the following:
- LW6560 Law of Cybercrime (10 credits)
- LW6580 Environmental Law in Practice (5 credits)
- LW6581 Method in Environmental Law (5 credits)
- LW6588 Enforcement and Sanctions in Antitrust Law (5 credits)
- LW6592 Mental Capacity Law (5 credits)
- LW6603 Legal Regulation of Cohabitation and Emerging Family Forms (5 credits)
- LW6618 Climate Change Law and Policy (5 credits)
- LW6623 Global Maritime Security (5 credits)
- LW6627 International Environmental Law (5 credits)
It may be that not all modules listed above will be offered each year and/or other options may become available. 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.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
LLM classes are in a 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 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 55 credits of compulsory modules and choose 35 credits from the list of optional modules.
You will be examined by continuous assessment throughout the year and your dissertation must be submitted in September. Individual module assessments can be viewed 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. For a full listing of academic staff, see here
Why Choose This Course
This course is of relevance to legal practitioners, policy makers and civil society actors across a range of fields. You will benefit from a series of guest seminars and workshops with key actors in the human rights movement.
It will provide you with the skills and qualification necessary to pursue an international career with international organisations, governments, UN bodies, European Human Rights bodies and in legal practice. The course includes a unique International Human Rights clinic core module.
Students engage in the practice and policy context of human rights law and also focus on essential human rights lawyering skills, including: oral and written advocacy (legal and policy)strategic litigationfact-finding and development.
Placement or Study Abroad Information
You will be supported in applying for and securing internships and placements internationally and nationally in the field of human rights. The School of Law has an active summer placement course and excellent links with international organizations, public bodies and NGOs.
Skills and Careers Information
Graduates of this course have pursued careers with international organisations, in legal practice, in policy bodies and in aid and development. Testimonials from UCC law students/graduates http://www.ucc.ie/en/law-postgrad/studentprofiles/careersinhumanrightslaw/
For entry to this course you must be approved by the Faculty of Law and must normally:
- hold a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours Law degree (NFQ, Level 8)
- or have such other relevant third-level educational qualifications and/or professional experience as, in the opinion of the School of Law, qualifies you to undertake the LLM (International Human Rights Lawand Public Policy) 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.
If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.
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 €7,130; €3,630 (Year 1 Part-time); €3,630 (Year 2 Part-time).
The Non-EU fee for this course is €17,130.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.
How Do I Apply
1. Choose Course
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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
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- 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.
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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.
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