LLM In Comparative Media Law


Program Description

The LL.M Comparative Media Law is the first and only course of its type to be offered in the Republic of Ireland. It is a specialized programme which examines the regulation of media in Ireland and internationally. In particular, Irish and international developments relating to restrictions on the media ranging from the laws on privacy, defamation, contempt of court and freedom of information are examined in depth. The statutory regulation of the media in Ireland and throughout the European Union is also analyzed. This course is ideal for those with an interest in the legal and ethical issues surrounding freedom of expression worldwide.

Through its association with Independent News & Media, the College has access to the very best practitioners in this area whether they be legal professionals practicing media law or editors or journalists who grapple with these legal issues on a daily basis. Together with the College’s experienced and enthusiastic teaching team, the LL.M provides a unique opportunity for students to learn about the theoretical aspects of law and how it operates in practice.

Course Content/Structure

(number of years and modules per year). Outline only.

The degree is delivered over one year a full-time basis and two years on an evening part-time basis. Typically, students will be required to complete three modules over two 12 week teaching semesters. The course is broken down as follows:

Semester 1

  • Research Methods
  • Freedom of Expression: Constitutional Perspectives
  • Defamation & the Media

Semester 2

  • Law of Privacy
  • Media Regulation
  • Elective*


  • Defamation: Practice & Procedure
  • Freedom of Information Law
  • Intellectual Property; Law & the Media


Students must also complete a dissertation of between 15,000 to 20,000 words. Students will be assigned a supervisor to assist and support students in completing their dissertation.

Entry Requirements

The LL.M is not confined to those who have studied law at undergraduate level. It is also open to those from other disciplines such as the Arts, Journalism and other related programmes.

At least a lower second-class (2.2) degree in law or a related discipline or foreign equivalent or relevant work experience, including having held a position of responsibility relevant to the LL.M.

Where the applicant’s first language is not English, the applicant must also demonstrate proficiency in English: the minimum standard is British Council IELTS band 6.5, or TOEFL scores of 575 (paper-based), 232 (computer-based) or 89 (internet-based).

We welcome applications from those who do not have the entry requirements outlined here. The University will consider applications on the basis of evidence of personal, professional and educational experience which indicate an applicant's ability to meet the demands of a Masters. We like to give such applicants every opportunity to show that they have the motivation and ability to succeed in their chosen programme of study.


  • Day Time: €4250
  • Non-EU Abroad: €8,500
  • Part Time: €4250


Modules are typically assessed by way of a written piece of coursework (approximately 3,000 words) and a two-hour examination at the end of each semester (January and May). Students will also have to complete a thesis of 15,000 to 20,000 words on a chosen area associated with media law. The thesis would usually be submitted in September.

Career Opportunities

The purpose of the LLM is to provide students with the expertise, skills, and knowledge to deal with the legal issues which arise in media in the modern age. The programme is particularly suitable for law graduates/professionals seeking to specialize in this field. It is also relevant to those who work in the sector whether it be as journalists, web designers, publishers and so forth.

Last updated January 2018

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