Professional Diplomas Enrolling for January 2021

UCD Sutherland School of Law is pleased to confirm that the following Level 9 Professional Diplomas are currently enrolling for a January 2021 start:  

Further information is available at by emailing or by phoning 01 716 4114.

Professional Diploma in Professional Regulation

This four-month part-time programme (one evening per week) will cover the nature of regulatory proceedings; the ethical dimension of professional behaviour; the implications of judicial review for fitness to practise hearings; and international developments in professional regulation.


It is designed to cater specifically for the wide number of professions that have been affected by the increased requirements for regulation.   ‌ Ciara McGoldrick BL is the course coordinator. She is a barrister and an Adjunct Professor in the Sutherland School of Law and fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

Previous participants have included representatives of regulatory bodies and the Diploma is also popular with legal practitioners who wish to supplement their knowledge in the area.


Professional Diploma in Data Protection and Governance

The Diploma is a 24-week part-time programme, delivered over two semesters.  It is designed to supply training for Data Protection Officers and others involved in the compliance role in organisations.  It will also be of relevance to any legal practitioners involved in this area. 

The programme is co-ordinated by Dr TJ McIntyre of Sutherland School of Law who is well known for his expertise is the area. Diploma has been designed to meet the training needs that have developed in Ireland since the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in 2018.  GDPR has meant that significant new data protection obligations have been imposed on Irish organisations. 

Professional Diploma in Arbitration

This one-year part-time Diploma is the only one of its kind in Ireland and will equip participants with the competence required to conduct or participate in arbitrations. The programme co-ordinator is Brian Hutchinson, Associate Professor at UCD Sutherland School of Law, who is both a Chartered Arbitrator and Accredited Mediator and is a renowned expert in the area of arbitration.

The Arbitration Act was introduced in 2010 to make Ireland a world leader in the field of arbitration and the focus of the Diploma is on domestic arbitration. It is designed to equip students with the level of competence in Irish law and procedure required to conduct or participate in arbitrations between Irish parties. 

If you would like any more information on these diplomas please email or phone 01 716 4114.