Master of Laws (LLM) in Employment Law and Practice by Distance Learning (De Montfort University)


Program Description

Improve your career prospects by gaining a Masters in Employment Law while remaining in full-time employment

Course Overview

This unique programme in Employment Law and Practice will enable you to:

  • Analyse, interpret and apply employment law in practice.
  • Gain a competitive advantage in difficult market conditions - increase your skills at this crucial time.
  • Achieve a recognised UK university qualification while combining full-time employment with the study.
  • Learn from key industry practitioners and academics and benefit directly from their insight and invaluable commentary.
  • Apply your learning and new skills to your work immediately and help further your career.
  • Tailor the programme to your needs by studying your own unique combination of modules from this and other De Montfort LLM programmes.
  • Study at a faster pace – follow the ‘accelerated route’ and complete the LLM in 15 months.

EU Referendum Statement: UPDATE

In light of the outcome of the recent EU Referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union we wanted to reassure you that DMU remains as committed as ever to academic excellence as well as welcoming students from all countries, whether from Europe or the wider world.

De Montfort’s flexible programmes will ensure that when changes happen you'll be in a position to understand and act on them immediately.

Course Structure

The course commences with an induction weekend in Leicester which takes place on 11th-12th September 2020, and the Core Module, (worth 30 credits) is then studied from September 2020 through to the end of December 2020 and is assessed by written coursework.

From January to December 2021, students choose two 30 credit modules or one 30 and two 15 credit modules (giving a total of 90 credits for the first year of study).

In the second year, January to December 2022, students take either one 30 credit module or two 15 credit modules and write a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice on a legal issue within the context of employment law.

Why THIS Course?

The programme is specifically designed for professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds and organisations and is particularly suitable for lawyers, HR professionals, company secretaries, owner-managers and those with HR responsibilities.

This LLM gives the student not only an in-depth study of Employment Law but also critical aspects of human resource management. This means that the HR professional gains a comprehensive knowledge of the law which influences HR policies and practices within a business, indeed their own workplace.

The lawyer, on the other hand, acquires an understanding of the context within which their advice is being sought, the potential impact such advice may have on a business and where business decisions may have to be made. As such it gives the lawyer a greater understanding of the background in which certain decisions may be made and allows a more holistic approach to be taken.

The DMU Employment Law Team

Module Choices

Students will all study the Core Module and will then specialise by choosing from the optional modules listed below.

Core Module

  • Employment Law in Context in the UK and EU

Lawyers approach the subject of Employment Law as a legal discipline but their expertise is enhanced if they have an appreciation of the wider context within which Employment Law fits. The modern manager also needs to acquire a knowledge of Employment Law if he or she is to be equipped for modern human resource management. The aim of this module is to provide lawyers and non-lawyers with an underpinning to the optional modules by providing a concise contextual exposition of modern Employment Law.

Optional Modules

  • Civil Liberties in the Workplace
  • Collective Labour Law
  • Aspects of Discrimination in Business
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Negotiated Study
  • Individual Employment Law
  • Health and Safety Law
  • People Management within Organisations
  • Equal Opportunities in the Workplace

And you can tailor the course to fit your specific job role and industry by selecting modules from other LLM programmes as well.

Flexible Study Options

The Employment Law and Practice Course forms part of a wider LLM programme at Leicester De Montfort Law School and for added flexibility, in addition to the Employment Law modules available, students may choose to study modules from the other LLM pathways:

  • Sports Law
  • Business Law / International Business Law
  • Environmental Law and Practice
  • Food Law
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • International Human Rights Law

Available modules from other courses include:

EU Competition Law; Consumer Law; Intellectual Property Law; Event Management; Personal Insolvency Law; Expert Evidence and International Law.

To gain an award in Employment Law and Practice, the Core Module plus one full 30 credit module from the Employment Law modules must be studied, and the dissertation must also fall within the scope of Employment Law. Thereafter there is freedom of choice across all pathways.

Last updated Nov 2019

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