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What will I learn?

The LLM (General) is one of a suite of LLM programmes offered by the School of Law at NUI Galway. This LLM can be taken on a full-time basis over one year or part-time over two years. It is a taught programme designed to give students complete flexibility in their selection of modules and topic for their minor thesis. The LLM (General) programme allows students to select modules to suit their own interests and facilitate their specific career objectives. Students can select modules from the full range available for taught LLM programmes offered within the School of Law, the Irish Centre for Human Rights and the Centre for Disability Law and Policy. This programme is designed for students seeking an advanced postgraduate degree but who do not wish to specialise in a particular area of law.

Course Highlights:

  • A tailored master's programme which facilitates module choice across the School of Law and research centres to maximise students opportunity to pursue personal career goals.
  • Expert lecturers deliver this programme through small group seminars with guest talks from leading practitioners. Students also have the opportunity to attend and present at key conferences, nationally and internationally.
  • International field trips enable students to see the law in action in a global context.
  • Skills development is an important element of this programme with seminars focusing on critical thinking, analytical skills, research skills and professional writing skills.
  • Career support is provided through professional workshops concentrating on students CV and interview skills. Careers in Law Week also provides an opportunity to meet partners from leading law firms.
  • Diverse modules from EU Competition Law, Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, Current Issues in Internet Law to Sentencing and Penal Policy.
  • Personalised thesis provides students the opportunity to identify a thesis topic based on an area of law that interests them and furthers their specific career goals.
  • Assessment is primarily through research papers, presentations and minor thesis rather than exams.

Career Opportunities

The LLM (General) is of particular interest to students who wish to gain expertise in a specific area of law without having to limit their options. Rather than have to take set modules, students have the flexibility to tailor the programme for the particular area of law that they wish to work in and, thus, enhance their employability.

The School of Law runs a programme of careers events annually, including a Careers in Law Week, which gives students have an opportunity to meet partners from leading law firms and attend interview skills workshops. All modules are taught by experts in the field who will also be in a position to guide students towards opportunities that may arise for further research, internships or roles that may be of interest to them.

Which department am I in?

College of Business, Public Policy and Law

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€16,916.00 (US$ 19,622) per year
EU Fees: €7,516 p.a. (Tuition: €7,376, Student levy: €140)

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022


National University of Ireland, Galway

University Road,


Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Second Class Honours in a Level 8 (bachelor’s or equivalent) engineering degree in a related discipline from a recognised university or third-level college, with substantial elements of energy, mechanical, electrical and/or civil engineering. English Language Requirements: IELTS: 6.5 overall; Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): 176 overall; Cambridge C2 Advanced (CPE): 180 overall; TOEFL: 88; Pearson PTE: 61; Duolingo English Test: 110.

For international students

The criteria for admission to this Programme is as follows:

  • An approved Second Class Honours Degree, Grade 1 (2.1, Level 8) in law, or an inter-disciplinary degree in which law was a major component.
  • Applicants awarded a Graduate Diploma in Law may be considered but will be admitted only where they demonstrate a strong academic performance in both the undergraduate degree and diploma.
  • In exceptional circumstances, an applicant holding a degree in another discipline or a degree of less than an approved Second Class Honours Degree, Grade 1 (H2.1) standard may be considered where they have relevant professional experience in law.

All applicants, whose first language is not English, must present one of the following qualifications in the English language. IELTS (6.5 overall), TOEFL (8) and Pearson PTE (61).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About National University of Ireland

While situated in one of the smaller university cities globally, NUI Galway has a far-reaching reputation for excellent research and study programmes.

  • Four excellent colleges offering a wide selection of courses
  • Excellent reputation for teaching excellence and research
  • Exceptionally high graduate employment rates
  • Study in a city regularly voted one of the world’s friendliest