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Postgraduate Law Courses

Discover how our Law programmes can develop your practical experience and open up a range of further study, research and enhanced employment opportunities.

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  • Course Overview

    The School of Law, in association with the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) and the Ulster Law Clinic (ULC), offer a suite of innovative taught postgraduate programmes.

    World-leading Research

    In the UK National exercise (REF) to assess research quality, Ulster Law's work in the years  2008-2014 has been assessed as overall 4th in the UK, eclipsing results for other larger and more established Law Schools and establishing Ulster as a leading centre of excellence.

  • LLM Access To Justice (formerly Clinical Legal Education)

    The LLM Access To Justice programme is a distinct and unique contribution to legal education in Northern Ireland and on the island of Ireland, there being no comparable programme at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Its function is to supplement the range of legal service providers by focusing on, and meeting, unmet legal need in the fields of employment law and social security law, whilst giving students the opportunity to develop legal advice and advocacy skills and engaging their interest in the provision of legal services more generally.

    Students receive training for providing advice and advocacy to members of the public with appeals before Social Security or Industrial Tribunals. This advice and representation will be provided through the 'Ulster Law Clinic' (based on the Belfast campus) and/or on placement with advice sector organisations in semesters two and three. The programme also involves students in the development and management of the 'Ulster Law Clinic'.The modules taken throughout this year are as follows:

    • Social Security Law and Policy
    • Employment Law
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Tribunal Representation
    • Litigating in the Public Interest
    • Clinical Legal Practice
    • Dissertation
  • LLM Commercial Law

    Apart from the compulsory dissertation module comprising 60 credit points, all modules are optional carrying 30 credit points each, and include the following:

    • International Corporate Law & Governance
    • Internet Law & Policy
    • Copyright & the Information Society
    • Legal Technology
    • Innovation & Informatics
    • International Intellectual Property Law & Policy
    • Media & Entertainment Law
    • Corporate Social Responsibility & Human Rights.

    Students are required to undertake 4 out of 7 of these modules. To find out more information, please visit our online prospectus.

  • LLM Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice

    With the emphasis on human rights and transitional justice, the LLM is a flagship programme of TJI as it is the only LLM programme of its type in the UK. As such it constitutes a dynamic nexus of exchange between teaching, learning and research wherein TJI staff strive to deliver high calibre, research-based legal education. In this way LLM students both benefit from and contribute to the realisation of the Institute's core aims to:

    • To build a theoretical and practical understanding of the role of 'transitional justice', and the underlying relationship between justice and peace.
    • To examine the role of the international and domestic legal systems and institutions in facilitating transition from conflict.
    • To make links between the experience of Northern Ireland and international experience, so as to benefit both Northern Ireland and other contexts.
    • To inform policy makers involved in peacemaking in local and international institutions.
    • To make visible and critically examine gendered experiences of transition.
  • LLM Gender Conflict and Human Rights

    The only postgraduate course in the UK and Ireland dedicated to the study of gender, conflict and human rights.

    Study Gender, Conflict and Human Rights at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

    The LLM Gender, Conflict and Human Rights draws on the established research excellence of the Transitional Justice Institute to deliver a world-leading masters programme in the field.

    This programme has been developed to enable students to:

    • Gain a systematic understanding, in-depth knowledge and critical awareness of the differential experiences of women and men of human rights norms and institutions, especially in conflict and post-conflict situations;*
    • Understand foundational concepts in gender theory and their application to human rights, international law and transitional justice;*
    • Gain knowledge and skills in carrying out research projects from design to write-up;*
    • Enhance skills in critically appraising published and commissioned research;*
    • Develop skills highly relevant to legal practice, and to gender policy, research and advocacy roles in the voluntary, public and private sectors in the UK, Ireland and beyond;*
    • Successful completion may also open up a range of further study and research options.
  • How to apply

    You can apply for these courses via the university's Online Application System.

    For more information, please contact Eugene McNamee on or by telephone on 028 90368618