Law - LLM (Marine and Maritime Law) LLM

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Course Code: CKL46 Full-time; CKL47 Part-time

Course Title: Law - LLM (Marine and Maritime Law)

College: Business and Law

Law - LLM (Marine and Maritime Law)

Duration: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time

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

Qualifications: LLM

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU fee €8,000 full-time. The part-time course fee is half the full-time fee in the particular year of study. 2017/2018 Non-EU fee full-time: €18,000

Entry Requirements: See detailed entry requirements.

Closing Date: Programme not on offer in 2017/2018

Next Intake: To be decided.


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. 

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 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



Course Details

‌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.  

Students must take 60 credits of taught modules, and complete a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words worth 30 credits. 

The programme modules include:

  • Admiralty Law
  • Climate Change and Energy Law
  • Sale, Insurance and Carriage of Goods at Sea
  • Ship Finance
  • Introduction to Law of the Sea
  • Global Maritime Security
  • Marine Environmental Law
  • Port Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • Method of Environmental Law


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. 

Also, students will have access to certain non-programme but complementary modules, such as Planning Law, Heritage Law, International Refugee Law,  Enforcement and Sanctions in Antitrust Law, EU Competition Law, International Criminal Law, International Human Rights Law, Cybercrime, e-Commerce Law. 

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 a 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. 

Please visit the School of Law website at  for up to date information on the programme.

Programme regulations are available in the College Calendar 

Please see the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.


Detailed Entry 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 international 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. 

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at . Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.

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) (22kB) (22kB) CKL47 Supplementary Form LLM (Marine & Maritime Law) PT (22kB) (22kB)All required documentation must be sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway.

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.

New applications will continue to be reviewed at each round if there are still programme places available.

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.



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 at:” 




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



Further Contact Information

Programme Coordinator

Name: Dr Bénédicte Sage-Fuller

Email Address:

Telephone: +353 (0) 4903812 

Address: Aras na Laoi, UCC



Email Address:

Telephone: +353 (0) 4205170


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