International Trade Law (Professional Diploma) (September 2021)

University of Limerick (22PDITLATFAD)
Key Programme Details


NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method



Part Time

ECTS Credits



School of Law

General Information

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Graduate & Professional Studies
Enterprise Research Centre
University of Limerick
V94 T9PX

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About this Course

Applications will open Wednesday 16th June 2021.

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 a distance education course. 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.

Entry Requirements

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.

Long Description

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.

All UL programmes encourage the development of the UL graduate attributes within the programme curriculum (students being knowledgeable, proactive, creative, responsible, collaborative, and articulate). Graduates can expect to acquire these characteristics as they progress through their programme, complementing Workplace of the Future attributes.

LA6181 - Law of International Trade Organisations: WTO, EU, USCM, TTP including jurisdiction, decision-making, dispute resolution and sanctions
LA6011 - International Business Transactions: Structure, choice of law, tariff manipulation, anti-dumping and state subsidies
LA6191 - Law of International Business Associations: Types of business associations from the sole trader to the joint venture and modern corporate structure
LA6242 - EU-UK Trade Law: The basic free trade agreement, the NI Protocol, the exchange of data, phyto-sanitary issues
LA6232 - Counter-Terrorism Law and International Business: The regulation and monitoring of international financial transactions and the control of bribery and corruption
CA4003 Career Development: Job readiness and future employability training

Timetable Info

Approx. 10 contact hours (face to face or online depending on government guidelines) per week. This is a part time course, if on campus delivery is allowed then sessions take place on Saturdays. You can keep up to date with the Universities plans for what semester 1 delivery will be here:

Delivery Notes


RPL Information

The University of Limerick operates a policy for the Recognition of Prior Learning, both formal and informal/experiential learning. Informal and experiential learning includes non-accredited personal and professional education; work based training and relevant life/work experiences. This learning is assessed initially for entry on to particular courses of study but may additionally lead to academic credits and exemptions from subjects on the intended course of study. Applications for RPL are dealt with on an individual basis, facilitated by representatives from the relevant academic departments and Registrar's office at the University of Limerick. RPL for Springboard+ 2021 will be managed by Graduate and Professional Studies as part of the application process. Graduate & Professional Studies provides support and assistance to guide the learner through their RPL application and in compiling their portfolio. The process is student centric, with consideration made on a case-by-case basis, through submitted documentation and communication with the application team and course director. The operation of the RPL policy has been applied successfully to previous cohorts. Academic and professional qualifications, work and life experience are important considerations in assessment, but motivation and overall potential for the selected course has been a major factor in evaluating applicants.

Application Procedures


Step 1 is to submit your application on the Springboard+ website, you will then be sent a link via email to apply to the University of Limerick (UL) directly (this will be step 2). You must provide all documents requested on this email which must be uploaded with your application on the UL site. It is only when we receive ALL requested documents that your application is considered complete.

Note : It may take a few days after your application is updated to 'Pending' on the Springboard+ website for us to send you the link to apply to UL (step 2).

Please note we will need to correspond with you by email throughout the application process. For this reason, we ask that you regularly check your email and spam folders.

Required Documents for UL 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, 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).
- Proof of Status, e.g. unemployed, employed, self-employed, returners. Acceptable documents are outlined in 'Acceptable Documents for Proof of Status' section.
- Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language
• 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

All employed participants must pay a contribution of the course cost directly to the provider for all level 7-9 courses. Please note some formerly self-employed applicants not in receipt on DEASP payment are liable for 10% fees also. The onus is on the participant to arrange payment of this fee. The HEA will fund the remainder of the cost directly to the provider. Please note some formerly self-employed applicants not in receipt on DEASP payment are liable for 10% fees also.

Employed and formerly self-employed (outlined above) participants will be required to make a 10% course contribution of €450 directly to the University of Limerick.

Springboard+ will pay all fees for unemployed and returner participants.

Course Acceptance
Should an offer be made, in order to accept a course offer employed participants must pay a non-refundable acceptance fee of €250 to the University of Limerick. This €250 will be deducted from the contribution of €450 as outlined above. The full fees of €450 are due in two equal instalments which is €250 per installment. Once the €250 acceptance has been paid that covers semester 1 fees. The remaining €200 is due by 21st January 2022.

In order to avail of Springboard+ funding you must provide written proof as outlined below:

Written proof from the Department of Employment and Social Protection (DEASP) that you are in receipt of an eligible payment (see Springboard+ site).

Swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to your status and provide written proof.

Employed/Self Employed
Provide a copy of most recent P60 or other relevant revenue documentation or a letter from their current employer to confirm employment or self-employment.

Formerly Self-Employed
Provide a letter/statement from Revenue stating that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient. Swear a declaration, witnessed by a Commissioner of Oaths, stating that the applicant is no longer self-employed.

NOTE: If your employment status changes during the application process it is your responsibility to inform a Springboard+ coordinator at UL and to provide proof of new status.

To be eligible for Springboard+ funding applicants must be resident in the state.

Please note you may be required to verify your Nationality and Residency status.

For Returners and Employed/Self-Employed applicants, the following rules apply :
- must be ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.
** Note: The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4.
Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration ( ie you must hold Stamp 4 for three of the five years preceding)