Law Human Rights in Criminal Justice LLM MA From University of Limerick

Program Overview

Brief Description

This programme is designed to emphasise the inter-relationship between what have traditionally been taught as the two distinct disciplines of human rights and criminal justice. Students will be provided with a comprehensive knowledge of this ever developing field of law and encouraged to assess the merit of mainstreaming human rights within the criminal justice system. Covering key areas such as policing and human rights and law of the European Convention on Human Rights, the programme aims to foster general and specific skills with respect to the modern criminal justice system both in Ireland and internationally.



  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee



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Choose from a wide range of modules including:

  • Comparative International Protection of Human Rights
  • International Criminal Law
  • Policing and Human Rights
  • Comparative and European Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Criminal Justice Processes and Sentencing
  • Penology and Victimology

Autumn FT    

  • LA6001 Advanced Legal Research Skills

Three electives from

  • LA5153 Comparative International Protection of Human Rights Law
  • LA6111 Criminal Justice Processes and Sentencing
  • LA6121 Law of the European Convention of Human Rights
  • LA6052 Penology and Victimology

Applicants must normally have a second class honours degree, grade 2 (2.2) in law or in a relevant social science (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). Applicants with a primary degree in law should apply for the LLM whereas all non-law applicants should apply for the MA. The course structure, elective modules and assessment instruments are the same for LLM and MA students.”Applicants with a primary degree in law will be awarded an LL.M., whereas all other applicants will be awarded an M.A.

In exceptional circumstances an applicant who cannot satisfy the undergraduate requirement may be accepted on the basis of relevant work experience in accordance with UL’s Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning.
Applications from those with practical experience in either field are particularly encouraged.


Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenshipCourse requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)


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