Qualification : MASTERS IN LAW

Award Type and NFQ level : TAUGHT MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MH53J

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 31 July 2021

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The LLM in (International Business Law) is a masters degree offered by Maynooth University Department of Law. The programme will enable law graduates to further their legal education by gaining a systematic understanding of the critical issues at the forefront of select areas of international business law. The programme also aims to develop legal research, reasoning, writing, advocacy, and teamwork skills, which are highly sought after by employers.

Certain modules on the programme are run in partnership with leading law firms, offering students the opportunity to apply for work placements at the end of their studies.

I chose to do the LLM because it offered a unique blend of interesting and challenging modules. I also had the experience of doing my BCL in Maynooth, so I knew how great the law department was. My experience doing my masters in Maynooth was fantastic. I enjoyed this course because the lectures were stimulating and engaging. In addition, the balance of work offered a challenging but rewarding mix of tasks.”

Ethan Shattock, LLM (International Business Law)



Candidates should have a minimum 2.2 grade, honours (level 8) undergraduate degree in law (a ‘licence’, an LLB, BCL or equivalent) or in a cognate discipline in the humanities, social and political sciences such as (but not limited to) business, finance and economics.  This must be a recognised primary degree that is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.  A personal statement of up to 1,000 words outlining why an applicant is suitable for the programme should be included as part of an application.  This personal statement will form part of the assessment by the Admissions Committee.

These are the minimum entry requirements and meeting these requirements will not guarantee an offer of entry onto the programme.  Applications by applicants with other types of diplomas or who do not reach this minimum level of qualifications will be determined by the Admissions Committee in line with the University’s policy on recognition of prior experiential learning.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
  • TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
  • TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
  • PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850

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Students complete a total of 90 credits over the course of this programme, taking 35 taught credits in year 1 and 30 taught credits in year 2.  Students must complete a 25-credit dissertation in the second year.

Students are required to complete modules in International Law on Foreign Investment, Capital Markets Law, and Professional Development, and then have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of optional modules.  Please note that some modules will have prerequisites attached to them.

Students also have the option of graduating with a Postgraduate Diploma instead of an LLM.  The structure of the Postgraduate Diploma follows that of the LLM’s structure, but students do not complete a dissertation.

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Course Duration: 2 year Part-time

Maynooth University Department of Law has strong links with law firms, regulators, nongovernmental agencies, and the technology sector. Certain modules on the programme are run in partnership with leading law firms, offering students the opportunity to apply for work placements at the end of their studies. Candidates will also have the opportunity to attend recruitment presentations by prospective employers.

The unique perspectives offered by the programme are sufficiently varied to allow students to pursue a range of career opportunities and will be particularly relevant to those seeking to work in the increasingly internationalised field of commercial legal practice. The insights gained from studying law in a global commercial context will also be of benefit to those seeking careers in areas like financial services, policy-making and business.

My masters programme in International Business Law at Maynooth gave me such a great start on the career ladder. The investment funds industry is an area of real opportunity for Irish graduates and it’s great to have taken part in the first funds law course ever taught in an Irish university.”

Andrew Norry, LLM (International Business Law)

Online application only

PAC Code
MH53J Part-time

The following information should be uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

Applicants are required to submit a personal statement not exceeding 1,000 words explaining why they should be considered.

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