NFQ Level 9, Major Award
The degree of LLM is examined either by a dissertation and prescribed assessments and examinations (LLM (Taught)) or alternatively, by a major thesis (LLM (Research)).
The LLM (Research) is a full-time programme running for 12 months or a part-time programme running for 24 months from the date of first registration for the programme. In either case, such studies or research must be under such direction and supervision as may be approved by the School of Law. A full-time candidate may not, during the currency of the studies or research, simultaneously pursue any other form of education, training or employment, save with the advance permission of the School.
It is possible to register for an LLM (Research) in September, January, April or July of each year, therefore applications are accepted throughout the academic year, but, note, candidates are advised to contact the School of Law.
A candidate must complete a major thesis (90 credits). This must be of such quality and depth as to reflect the fact that it is the product of full time research and writing of one year's duration from the date of first registration (or two years part-time research and writing from the date of first registration). The major thesis will normally comprise approximately 40,000 words, excluding reasonable footnotes. A candidate may be required to submit to an oral or written examination on the matter of such thesis. Candidates may take the 5 credit module LW6004 Research Methods in Law for audit described under the heading Modules for Postgraduate Training.
Presentation of LLM (Research) Thesis/Submission Dates
Candidate must submit his/her thesis in line with the general university requirements, information on which is available here.