ProfDip Employment Law

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 20)

Almost every facet of the employment relationship, from its formation to its termination, is now regulated to some extent by statute, much of the content of which derives from EU law. The programme will develop participants’ understanding both of the historical development of employment law and its current themes and perspectives and will provide participants with a detailed knowledge of all aspects of employment law.

The Diploma is taught by means of lectures – most of which will be in person - over the course of the Spring Trimester. Lectures are held once a week (in January-April). The Programme Commences on the week of the 23rd January 2023

Careers & Employability

We have an excellent Careers Development Centre here at UCD, designed to help you with information regarding future employment or studies. UCD hold a number of graduate events throughout the year including a dedicated law fair at which at which many of the big Law firms will be in attendance. The School of Law has a dedicated careers advisor on its Academic staff and a staff member from the Careers Office will be in attendance at the School on a number of occasions throughout the academic year. To see the full range of services offered by the Careers Office go to

Curricular information is subject to change

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Applications will be considered from

  • Practising barristers or solicitors
  • Barristers or solicitors actively engaged in legally connected employment
  • Graduates holding an approved university degree or law-based interdisciplinary university degree,
  • Persons with other academic and/or professional qualifications and/or such experiences as would satisfy the School that they are able to participate on this course, such as trade union officials and HR/IR practitioners.

The EU fee for 2022/23  is €4270

What is the Application Procedure?

Applicants should take careful note of the following:

  • The on-line Applications for the Diploma will open in September. Go to to make an application. Remember to keep a note of your login and password as you will need to return to the application.
  • Official references must be submitted as proof of work experience by all applicants.
  • Official Transcripts must be submitted as proof of examination results, where relevant, except in the case of UCD students. Students of UCD applying for the Diploma do not need to supply Transcripts but should submit relevant professional references.
  • Applicants must nominate two academic referees unless the applicant has been in employment for more than two years, in which case one of the named referees must be an employer. Applicants are required to submit the name, position held, postal address, email address and contact number for the two academic referees.
  • The personal statement is an important component of the application. It should contain information demonstrating your capability to undertake the course successfully. Thus, you should detail your relevant professional and practical experience.