Provided jointly by
School of Law, Queen's University Belfast and
Faculty of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway
The School of Law, Queen's University Belfast and the Faculty of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway have established two exciting Masters programmes. These collaborative LLM degree programmes, the first such law programmes in Ireland, entail students attending classes for the first semester in Belfast (September to January), the second semester in Galway (January to June), and spending a summer in either location completing their dissertation. Please note these programmes are only available on a full-time basis.
A number of activites are organised for postgraduate Human Rights Students, see further details of Activities for LLM Human Rights Students .
Law has been studied and taught at Queen's since 1845. As well as a range of undergraduate programmes, Queen's Law School already provides a range of postgraduate courses in Human Rights, Criminology, Governance and Environmental Law. With the Law School, human rights teaching and research has been carried out under the auspices of the Centre for Human Rights since 1990. Within the field of criminology and criminal justice, teaching and research is carried out under the auspices of the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice , established in 1995.
The Galway Law Faculty has also been involved in teaching and research of law since the mid-nineteenth century. The Faculty provides a number of undergraduate programmes. In addition, since the Faculty provides a post graduate LLM in International Human Rights Law. Teaching and Research in Human Rights Law is carried out under the auspices of the Irish Centre of Human Rights within the Faculty established in 1999.
Students will be required to spend the first semester in Belfast , the second semester in Galway and a summer in either location completing a dissertation. Students will be required to complete a combination of compulsory and elective modules as well as their dissertation worth a total of 180 credits in order to complete the degree/s. Please note that a student accepted on to this programme is expected to move to Galway in January; students will not be allowed to transfer to a QUB-only LLM programme.
Semester One (Belfast)
Students are required to take the following compulsory modules:
For further information on module content please see the Human Rights and Criminal Justice Cross Border Handbook.
Semester Two (Galway)
Students must choose modules to the value of 60 credits (30 ECTS) from the choices offered by the Irish Centre of Human Rights
Twenty thousand word dissertation to be written at either institution (60 credits, 30 ECTS).
All modules are primarily assessed by way of an essay. Students must also complete a dissertation (60 credits) of between 15,000 and 20,000 words on an approved topic.
Normally a 2:1 Honours degree or above or equivalent recognised qualification in Law, Social Sciences, Humanities or a cognate discipline. Exemption from these requirements may be given to those with significant, relevant, practical experience or those with a postgraduate qualification at Masters level or higher. Please note that this programme is only available on a full-time basis.
If you are an EU citizen, there are no visa requirements when entering either the Republic of Ireland or the UK. However, if you are from a country outside the EU, you may require separate visas to enter both the UK and Republic of Ireland. Further details are available from the International Offices at the National University of Ireland Galway, and Queen's University Belfast.
Programme Coordinator: Professor Brice Dickson
Some funding opportunities exist for Taught Masters Programmes