Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
1 year
Professional Diploma
NFQ Level 9 Minor Award
Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Course Type: Taught, Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Dr. Ray Friel

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Brief Description


The Professional Diploma in the Law of International Trade is a Level 9 minor award at masters level. The programme runs from September to May as an online/distance education course suitable for professional learners. Participants attend face-to-face sessions on three Saturdays a semester and engage in distance education and online learning throughout the programme. The programme develops the skills in the graduate to understand and engage meaningfully in international commercial transactions both in terms of knowledge and from a transactional point of view.

International Trade is rapidly changing from the post World War 2 consensus. Brexit, the emergence of new multilateral trade blocs and the rise of trade disputes present new challenges for Irish business in this sector. The recent ‘vaccine’ dispute between the UK and EU also exemplifies emergent trade issues between closely integrated jurisdictions in politically sensitive areas. The programme is designed as being hands on to enable students to understand the global trading rules and organisations that facilitate international trade. It will look at the processes through which international trade is conducted. It will then look in particular at trade with the UK (and in particular the NI protocol) and dealing with areas such as money-laundering, bribery and corruption. All assessments will be co-ordinated between modules to provide a portfolio that (a) ensures graduates view their programme in a holistic fashion and (b) that they can rely upon to further their employability in an evidence based resource. The cumulative effect of this will enable graduates to respond practically to changing international trade law and practice both proactively and retroactively in a commercial and legal context. Finally, the capstone Career module will enhance the employability of graduates by enabling them to present their qualification so as to maximize its potential together with related skills such as interview skills.

Law of International Trade Organisations (LA6181): WTO, EU, USCM, TTP including jurisdiction, decision-making, dispute resolution and sanctions.

Law of International Business Transactions (LA6011): Structure, choice of law, tariff manipulation, anti-dumping and state subsidies together with the le

Law of International Business Associations (LA6191): Types of business associations from the sole trader to the joint venture and modern corporate structure

EU-UK Trade Law (LA6242): The basic free trade agreement, the NI Protocol, the exchange of data, Phyto-sanitary issues 

Counterterrorism and International Commercial Law (LA6232): The regulation and monitoring of international financial transactions and the control of bribery 

Career Development (CA4003): Job readiness and future employability training

ECTS credits: 36

Applicants are normally expected to hold an NFQ level 8 primary honours degree (minimum H2.2), or equivalent and have at least 3 years of relevant industrial experience.

Alternative Entry Route

Candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria can be evaluated under the UL RPL policy and may be interviewed to ascertain their suitability for the programme.

University of Limerick RPL Policy

What to Include with your Application
Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of your application.
- Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number.)
- Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.
- A copy of your most recent CV, (for Springboard+ applicants, please note that by providing this document you are agreeing that we may send it to members of industry if you require assistance when searching for an Industry Learning Placement (ILE) or project work. Applies to some courses only).
- Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language requirements:

  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate

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EU - €5,612

Non- EU - €5,612

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