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  • Study Type

    Distance learning , Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Law

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    12 months full-time or 36 months part-time

  • Course Type

    LLM

  • Course Fees

    Please visit the website for details

  • Last Updated

    07 September 2018

Course content

Our LLM in Employment Law and Practice course is suitable for anyone across the globe working or interested in UK and EU employment law issues, legally qualified or not. The course provides in-depth current knowledge and skills in employment and labour law from a UK law perspective.

The course is delivered fully online (except for one optional module, which requires attendance at an on-campus workshop) and is the only online UK employment law LLM to give you an optional ADR route and the ability to apply for associate membership of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

It is designed to develop your core legal and professional skills to be an effective, highly functioning employment law specialist.

What you will study

ONLINE DISTANCE LEARNING FULL TIME - SEPTEMBER STARTS

Stage 1 

Those who are non-legally qualified or those who choose to refresh their skills, will study foundation legal knowledge and skills necessary for the study of law. You will study the employment contract, and the rights contained therein. Practical employment knowledge and skills needed to run a tribunal action are also taught. You can also choose from options covering dispute resolution, and oil and gas law.

Stage 2 

You will study the law relating to equality and discrimination in the workplace and the issues arising from the termination of employment. You also choose from options covering collective employment rights, dispute resolution, oil and gas law, and health and safety law.

Stage 3 

You will have the opportunity to plan and execute an extended research-based study of an approved topic and report the findings through a 15,000 word dissertation.

ONLINE DISTANCE LEARNING FULL TIME - JANUARY STARTS

If starting in January, Stage 1 and 2 are reversed, except that those who are non-legally qualified will study foundation legal knowledge and skills in stage 1. Those who are legally qualified can choose to refresh these skills in either Stage 1 or Stage 2 if they wish.

ONLINE DISTANCE LEARNING PART TIME

Stage 1

If you are not legally qualified or if you choose to refresh your skills, you will study foundation legal knowledge and skills necessary for the study of law. You will study the employment contract and the rights contained within such a contract, and issues arising from the termination of employment. You also choose from options covering collective employment rights, dispute resolution, oil and gas law, and health and safety law.

Stage 2

Practical employment knowledge and skills needed to run a tribunal action are taught. You will also learn about the law relating to equality and discrimination in the workplace. Optional modules covering collective employment rights, oil and gas law, dispute resolution or health and safety law are also studied.

Stage 3 

You will have the opportunity to plan and execute an extended research-based study of an approved topic and report the findings through a 15,000 word dissertation.

Teaching and assessment

This course is taught fully online by experienced employment law academics and practitioners through our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, which allows you the flexibility to study online from any location at a time that suits you.

Each module provides detailed written materials and recommended reading for further learning development. Electronic discussion forums and online tutorials provide the medium for interactive discussion with fellow students and the tutors, and for peer and tutor feedback. Summative assessment is conducted through the electronic forums and written coursework.

Please note if you choose to take the Mediation in Practice module, you will be required to attend a compulsory on campus workshop.

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

  • Tutorial - 5-15 students per group, 3-4 hours for each module per semester
  • Independent Study - approx. 10 hours per module per week

INDEPENDENT STUDY

It is suggested that you read the topic materials and recommended additional readings on a weekly basis, with regular online interaction in the electronic forums and online tutorials being strongly encouraged.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

All our academic staff are encouraged to work towards a Higher Education Academy Fellowship. This is a professional recognition of an individuals practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.

The course is taught by experienced legal academics who undertake research in the employment field, and practitioners who are highly skilled in employment law and dispute resolution, resulting in the course having a strong academic underpinning but also a highly practical dimension.

ASSESSMENT

Typically students are assessed each year:

FULL TIME

Year 1

  • 1 written exam, typically for 2 hours
  • 4 or 8 written assignments (depending on whether part-time or full time), including essays
  • 8 forum postings from core modules and others depend on which options are chosen

PART TIME

Year 1

  • 1 written exam, typically for 2 hours
  • 4 or 8 written assignments (depending on whether part-time or full time), including essays
  • 6 forum postings from core modules and others depend on options chosen

Year 2

  • 4 written assignments, including essays
  • 4 practical skills assessment
  • 2 forum postings from core modules and others depend on options chosen

Year 3

  • 1 dissertation

Job prospects 

The Employment Law and Practice course will enhance your knowledge and ability, professional standing and employability within the employment law field.

With the adoption of mandatory early conciliation in employment law cases, and an increase in the popularity of mediation and arbitration, ADR knowledge and skills are becoming increasingly necessary for an employment law specialist.

In today’s competitive job market having demonstrable employment law and ADR knowledge and skills is a distinctive advantage, not only for advancement in your career, but to enhance your own self-confidence.

Our graduates are employed worldwide in all sectors - oil and gas, industrial, governmental; in private companies, in the legal professions and are also self-employed.

How to apply

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.


Visit the Employment Law & Practice (LLM) page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!

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