UCC Postgraduate courses

Law - LLM (Business Law)

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Law - LLM (Business 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 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


  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Closed for applications: we will reopen in November.

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    Extended until 31 July 2021

  • Start Date

    13 September 2021

Course Outline

The course combines a focus on realities of business law in practice with a broader discussion of relevant theoretical and policy issues. The course builds on the School’s wide range of expertise and knowledge in a broad range of aspects of business law, including banking, commercial, corporate, financial services, and insolvency, and in regulation and compliance in the business area. Students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to engage with the practical operation of business law. Students also complete a research dissertation in their chosen aspect of business law under expert individualised supervision. Students will also benefit from guest seminars with experts from legal and business practice, relevant Government departments, regulatory bodies and legal practitioners and international experts in this field. 

Applicants for the LLM (Business Law) Degree also have the option of registering for a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Law. Students take 60 credits of taught masters’ modules from those on offer for the LLM (Business 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). 

The course includes a core Business Law in Practice module where students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage with business law in practice.  Students can choose from a range of postgraduate business law modules, business modules and undergraduate law subjects.

Modules: Students take 90 credits in total, including 35 credits of core modules and 55 credits of elective modules.

Core Modules (35 credits)

  • LW6594 LLM (Business Law) Dissertation (30 credits) 
  • LW6595 Business Law in Practice (5 credits)

Elective Modules (55 credits)

Students take elective modules to the value of 55 credits from the list of electives set out below. At least 35 credits must be chosen from List A. Students may choose up to 10 credits from List B and up to 10 credits from List C.

List A: LLM (Business Law) Modules

Students must choose a minimum of 35 credits from List A. 

  • LW6536 Intellectual Property Law (10 credits) 
  • LW6574 Intellectual Property and Internet Regulation (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) 
  • LW6589 Contemporary Issues in EU Competition Policy (5 credits)
  • LW6612 IT Law Clinic (5 credits) 
  • LW6618 Climate Change Law and Policy (5 credits) 
  • LW6619 Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution (5 credits)
  • LW6636 European Corporate Restructuring, Insolvency and Rescue (5 credits)
  • LW6637 Brexit - Legal and Political Perspectives (10 credits)
  • LW6638 Brexit and the Future of Europe (10 credits)
  • LW6639 Fin Tech: Law and Regulation (5 credits)
  • LW6640 E-Commerce (5 credits)

List B: Non-Law Modules

Students may choose a maximum of 10 credits from List B.

  • EC6002 Financial Institutions and Money Markets (5 credits)
  • FI6001 Treasury Risk Management (5 credits) 
  • FI6002 Regulation and Compliance in Capital Markets (5 credits) 
  • FE6601 Co-operatives and the Third Sector (5 credits)
  • FE6701 Co-operative and Social Enterprise (10 credits)

List C: Undergraduate Modules

Students may choose a maximum of 10 credits from List C.

  • LW2254 Commercial Law (10 credits)
  • LW2269 Privacy and Data Protection Law (5 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)
  • 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. 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 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 generally take place in 2 hour blocks with one seminar per week in each module.  Seminar times are between 9:00am and 6:00pm, Monday to Friday. 10 credit modules run for 12 weeks and 5 credit modules run for 6 weeks.  Some modules/classes (1 or 2 only) may be on Saturdays and online.


Generally students are examined by continuous assessment throughout the year and the dissertation must be submitted in September. Individual module assessments can be viewed in the Book of Modules

Who teaches this course

The course is taught by a team of academic staff with extensive academic, practical and policy experience in all aspects of business law.  Specialisms in the School include banking, commercial, competition, consumer, company and corporate governance, e-commerce, financial services, international trade, corporate and personal insolvency, maritime and revenue law. Academic Profiles are available here .

Why Choose This Course

  • The perfect specialist qualification for those seeking to establish a career in all aspects of business law including regulation and compliance.
  • An opportunity for professionals who want to enhance their knowledge and skills
  • Includes a core Business Law in Practice module, where students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage the practicalities of business.  
  • Students will also benefit from guest seminars with experts from legal and business practice, relevant Government departments, regulatory bodies and legal practitioners and international experts in this field.
  • Opportunity to expand your knowledge by taking business courses in Economics, Food Business, Management and Marketing  
  • Allows you to develop specialised skills  in writing, researching and presenting on all aspects of business law
  • Teaching approach is informed by practical experience and academic commitment of teaching School

Skills and Careers Information

Graduates of this degree will be well placed to seek employment in any area of business law, within Ireland, Europe or internationally.  Employment opportunities include specialist legal practice in the commercial and corporate fields as well as general legal practice, regulatory bodies, business regulation and compliance, the financial services sector, the insolvency sector, law reform and research.  Because of the transferrable knowledge and skills which this programme develops, graduates may also avail of crossover opportunities using their LLM to pursue careers in the business world.


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);


(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 LLM (Business 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. 

*Note:  Where appropriate, the Academic Programme Director will identify, in consultation with the candidate, certain elective modules to be taken by a candidate admitted under entry criterion (b) above. The taking of specified modules may be made a condition of acceptance of a candidate’s application. 

The number of places available in any given year is dependent on resources and all qualified candidates may not be admitted.

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 €17,130.


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 fees@ucc.ie .

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

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 Education - 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 Extended until 31 July 2021

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