This qualification is designed to consider the role and place of law in an increasingly globalised world, and is suitable for law and non-law graduates as well as lawyers wanting to develop their interests. It takes a critical legal approach to study, using different perspectives and case studies to illustrate, explore, compare and contextualise topical legal issues. You will explore the interaction of law, law making bodies, institutions and regulators in an international context, the role and function of law in an increasingly global society, and the role of states, international institutions and multi-national companies. You will also consider contemporary legal issues such as corporate social responsibility, trans-national crime, humanitarian aid and security.
Key features of the course
• Explores methods of reasoning and analysis in law, and evaluates the complexities inherent in law, regulation and legal study • Develops a range of transferable skills, including advanced legal research, that are attractive to employers • Concludes with an in-depth piece of independent research on a topic within your chosen specialist subject area.
If you are interested in becoming a lawyer (solicitor or barrister) you need to study an undergraduate Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Hons).
This qualification is eligible for a Postgraduate Loan available from Student Finance England.
There is a choice of routes through the qualification. You can start your studies with either of the compulsory modules Exploring legal meaning (W820) or Exploring the boundaries of international law (W821). These modules provide core postgraduate skills in legal methodology and research and knowledge of international law and legal thinking. They include a comparative approach. Or you can start your studies with Business, human rights law and corporate social responsibilities (W822), or an optional module from list B. If you are claiming credit transfer from another postgraduate provider you may not need to study an optional module. Your final module to complete this masters degree will be The law dissertation (W800).
To gain this qualification you need 180 credits as follows:
60 credits of compulsory modules:
• Exploring legal meaning (W820) • Exploring the boundaries of international law (W821)
30 credits of optional modules from list A:
• Business, human rights law and corporate social responsibility (W822)
• Or the 30-credit module Continuing professional development in practice (UYA810)*.
*Please note that UYA810 is part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Practice (Employment Law Advice) qualification only available to those working for ACAS. Therefore if you do not hold this qualification W822 is currently a compulsory module in Group A.
30 credits from the optional modules in list B:
List B • Capacities for managing development (T878) • Conflict and development (T879) • Continuing professional development in practice (U810) • Development: context and practice (T877) • Environmental monitoring and protection (T868) • Institutional development (TU872) • Making environmental decisions (T891)
60 credits from the following compulsory module:
• The law dissertation (W800)
The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.
If you’ve successfully completed some relevant postgraduate study elsewhere, you might be able to count it towards this qualification, reducing the number of modules you need to study. You should apply for credit transfer as soon as possible, before you register for your first module. For more details and an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.
Master of Laws
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