LLM (Law, Technology and Governance)—
full-time and part-time

College of Business, Public Policy, & Law

Course overview

Shortlisted for national Postgraduate Course of the Year Award 2013

This is a unique and pioneering programme with a focus on the interconnection between law, technology, science, and innovation.  The LL.M. in Law, Technology and Governance offers students an opportunity to explore in depth substantive social issues and questions of law and governance as these mechanisms evolve to deal with ever-changing technology and rapid scientific advances.

It gives students the benefit of the expertise of members of the Law School, with a national, European and international perspective. In addition, academics from other institutions and key figures in public service, private practice and national and international organisations regularly contribute to the programme and enrich the overall learning experience.

Our graduates practice law with large corporate law firms or in their own boutique practices, work as researchers in (for example) the Judges’ Library and the Attorney-General’s office or have gone on to study for PhD degrees in Galway and elsewhere.

For more information about the programme, please visit the Law School website at www.nuigalway.ie/law

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a Second Class Honours Grade 1 degree in law. In exceptional circumstances, applicants holding a degree in another discipline or a degree of less than a Second Class Honours Grade 1 standard may be considered where they have professional experience in law.

Duration: 1 year, full-time
2 years, part-time

Next start date: September 2013

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 25

Closing date: You are advised to apply early, which may result in an early offer; see offer round dates.

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

An active and dynamic learning environment is on offer, with significant interaction between students and staff. Its objective is to produce highly-skilled and competent graduates with a significant expertise in their chosen subjects.

Fundamental to the programme are a number of core modules designed to equip students with critical legal research, writing and presentation skills. Optional modules probe current controversies and legal debates caused by advances in science, technology and globalisation. 

The dissertation, which is completed over the summer months, provides an opportunity for students to research in detail an area of their own choosing along the themes of the programme, expanding their expertise on a specific topic.

Students must take all of the mandatory modules listed below, together with the dissertation, and three optional modules.  There are no written examinations: all modules are examinable by coursework.


Mandatory modules

  • Advanced Legal Research and Methods 
  • Law, Regulation and Policy 
  • Law, Governance and Enterprise: Contemporary Issues 
  • Dissertation

Optional modules (modules available may vary) 

  • Communications Law: Law, Technology and Change
  • Comparative Copyright Law and Policy 
  • Copyright in the Digital Era
  • Corporate Governance
  • Data Protection, Privacy and Retention
  • Internet Regulation and Governance
  • Competition Law and Intellectual Property
  • Internet Torts
  • The Law of Electronic Contracts
  • The Patenting of Biotechnology
  • The Regulation of Biotechnology

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC), application code GYL08.

Requirements and assessment

Assessment for individual modules includes a combination of essays, presentations, group work and other methods. Students must also complete a research thesis / dissertation of 20,000 words.

Find out more

Rónán Kennedy
T 353 91 495 626 
E llmltag@nuigalway.ie

PAC code

GYL08, full-time
GYL18, part-time

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,015 p.a. 2013/14 (inclusive of Levy)
 - Tuition: €5,791 p.a. 2013/14
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2013/14
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2013/14

EU Full time programme:  €6,015 p.a.

EU Part time programme:  €3,065 p.a.