UCC Postgraduate courses

Law - LLM (Marine and Maritime Law)

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Law - LLM (Marine and Maritime Law)

  • Code

    CKL46 Full-time; CKL47 Part-time

  • 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

    LLM

  • EU Fees 2019

    €7,000
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2019

    €17,000

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Late applications currently being accepted.

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    15th June

  • Start Date

    9 September 2019

Course Outline

The LLM (Marine and Maritime Law) at the School of Law, University College Cork is a new programme which brings together the best legal expertise in the field in Ireland. It covers a range of legal topics from purely Shipping and Maritime Law to Marine Environmental Protection and International Law of the Sea. The programme gives the opportunity to students to work with the best Maritime and Marine Lawyers in the country, under the academic overview of a highly reputable and internationally acclaimed law school. The LLM integrates theoretical and practical learning of the law, and connects module contents with marine and maritime activities taking place in Cork, such as marine environmental research, marine renewables, law enforcement at sea, fisheries management, shipping and port activities. It is a programme based on flexible workload arrangements, and suitable to law graduates and marine and maritime professionals alike. 

Diploma Option

Applicants for the LLM (Marine and Maritime Law) Degree also have the option of registering for a Postgraduate Diploma in Marine and Maritime Law.   Students take 60 credits of taught masters’ modules from those on offer for the LLM (Marine and Maritime Law Law). 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 lawpostgrad@ucc.ie 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).    

The Diploma Fee is €5,300 Full-time  €2,650 part-time

The LLM (Marine and Maritime Law) offers a wide choice of options, allowing students to either specialise in their preferred area of marine or maritime law, or to take a broad range of diverse modules. A clinical module on Law of the Sea in Practice give students the opportunity to understand the practice of law enforcement at sea, and includes access to the Naval Service at Cork. The practical aspect to marine law is also available through science-based, non-law modules on GIS, Remote Sensing and Characteristics of the Marine Environment. 

The LLM (Marine and Maritime Law) in the School of Law, UCC builds on the expertise and reputation of researchers and professionals in Cork and in Ireland to offer world-class education in Marine Law and in Maritime Law. Whether students are law graduates or marine/maritime professionals, the programme provides them with an in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge and analysis of Marine and Maritime Law. 

Modules: Students take 90 credits in total, including 50 credits of core modules and 40 credits of elective modules.

Core Modules (50 credits)

Students take core modules to the value of 55 credits.

  • LW6620 Introduction to the Law of the Sea (10 credits)
  • LW6621 Admiralty Law (10 credits)
  • LW6630 LLM (Marine and Maritime Law) Dissertation (30 credits)


Elective Modules (40 credits)

Students take elective modules to the value of 40 credits.  At least 20 credits must be chosen from List A and up to 20 credits may be chosen from List B. 

List A - Marine, Maritime and Environmental Law Modules 

Students must choose at least 20 credits from List A.

  • LW6572 Contemporary Issues in International Law (10 credits)*
  • LW6580 Environmental Law in Practice (5 credits) 
  • LW6581 Method in Environmental Law (5 credits)
  • LW6617 International Biodiversity and Ecosystems Law and Policy (5 credits)
  • LW6618 Climate Change Law and Policy (5 credits)
  • LW6622 Sale, Insurance and Carriage of Goods by Sea (5 credits) 
  • LW6623 Global Maritime Security (5 credits)
  • LW6624 Port Law (5 credits)
  • LW6625 Law of the Sea (Clinical) (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) 
  • LW6632 Citizen Suits in Environmental Law (5 credits)

List B -  Non-Marine, Maritime and Environmental Law Modules 

Students may choose up to 20 credits from List B. 

  • GG6501 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (5 credits)
  • GG6502 Introduction to Remote Sensing (5 credits) 
  • LW6101 Introduction to Planning Law (10 credits)
  • LW6106 Legal Concepts for Heritage and Environment (10 credits) 
  • LW6541 Electronic Commerce Law (10 credits) 
  • LW6550 International Criminal Law (10 credits) 
  • LW6560 Law of Cybercrime (10 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) 
  • LW6605 European Corporate Restructuring, Insolvency and Rescue (10 credits) 
  • LW6606 International Human Rights Law (10 credits) 

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 weekdays working hours over 2 years.

Modules

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

The course involves a combination of lectures and directed study, and clinical learning. Programme modules are scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays in order to facilitate a flexible workload programme to students, particularly those with a professional career. Non-programme modules are available throughout the week, and where available through digital recording.

Assessment 

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

This is what makes this course unique. Teachers on the LLM (Marine and Maritime Law) are both from within and from outside the School of Law, so that the programme benefits from nation-wide expertise in the field. The UCC School of Law collaborates closely with the Irish Maritime and Energy Resource Cluster (MarEI and the Naval Service) and Maritime Law practitioners. See the School of Law website to see the Programme Team.

Why Choose This Course

The LLM (Marine and Maritime Law) at UCC connects in a single hub the leading marine and maritime research and practice in Ireland. Students have the unique opportunity to learn from internationally acclaimed researchers and practitioners. The programme puts the law in practice in the fields of shipping and marine environmental research. Through a clinical module, students have the opportunity to learn about law enforcement at sea, including through access to a naval ship at Cork. The programme is built on what Ireland does best in the marine and maritime world, and from there it reaches international excellence.

Skills and Careers Information

The course allows students to acquire an education in Marine Law, or in purely commercial Maritime Law. The LLM (Marine and Maritime Law) prepares them to access professions with the following bodies:

  • Legal professions
  • Governmental and regulatory agencies
  • Local government
  • Industry
  • Utilities
  • Infrastructure developers
  • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • Marine, maritime and Environmental consultancy
  • International organisations / secretariats
  • Academia

Requirements

Candidates must be approved by the School of Law. They must normally hold a Law Degree (Level 8) with at least a Second Class Honours Grade 1. Candidates with other third level qualifications and/or relevant professional experience are also encouraged to apply. Applications from overseas candidates are welcome, and their qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Non-EU applicants should contact the International Education Office by email at  internationalpostgrad@ucc.ie for application details. The number of places available in any given year is dependent on resources and all qualified candidates may not be admitted.

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

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 €7,000.

The Non-EU fee for this course is €17,000.

Full-time/Part-time fee:

If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.

Deposits:

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.

Questions?

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 three 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 Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €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.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC 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 forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

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

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 that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary form as part of the application process for this programme. A copy of this form is available here for the full-time option: CKL46 Supplementary Form LLM (Marine & Maritime Law) ,  CKL47 Supplementary Form LLM (Marine & Maritime Law) PT 

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

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