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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekdays 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.
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
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
- Infrastructure developers
- Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
- Marine, maritime and Environmental consultancy
- International organisations / secretariats
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 email@example.com 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.
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.