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Business Law - PGCert


Course Description

Understanding how the law operates within a commercial context is essential for any successful business, from small enterprises with a local focus to multinational organisations trading across the globe. We designed the PG Cert Business Law to meet the needs of members of the business community who are interested in learning about the ways in which the law impacts on business activity.

The course develops the professional and reflective skills necessary for practice in business and industry or law firms. You will be equipped with the expert knowledge and theory to tackle increased legislation in fields such as employment law, intellectual property rights, international trade and finance law.

Please note, optional module choices will be grouped and will run in designated blocks, meaning some module combinations will not be possible. Although every effort is made to ensure that these modules are offered, there may be occasions, for example due to staff sabbaticals, where a module may not be offered or module running order may change.

Learn From The Best

The academics associated with this course have a strong legal and academic background and bring this expertise to their teaching. They combine a range of research interests with professional responsibilities which include membership of the Congress of Fellows of the Center for International Legal Studies (CILS); membership of the College of Arbitrators of the CILS; fellowship in International Commercial Arbitration of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; fellowship of the International Center for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR); and involvement in a wide range of research activities.

Research interests include teaching and learning; clinical legal education; World Trade Organisation Law; transnational competition law; international dispute resolution; and intellectual property law.

Teaching And Assessment

As a distance learning course, the key principle of your postgraduate provision is that of reflective practice, placing you at the centre of the learning process. You will be provided with detailed teaching and learning plans for each taught module, available via the eLearning portal. Materials include electronic reading lists and digitised material where possible, self-evaluative tasks and opportunities to engage with your tutor and fellow students. Each taught module includes an optional study day at the University, which is also made available online.

The programme is open to students who hold an appropriate degree or comparable professional qualification and those without a degree or equivalent but who have suitable work experience. You will therefore benefit from learning alongside a diverse mix of students from different professions and academic backgrounds.

Module Overview
LW7003 - Legal Research (Core, 20 Credits)
LW7034 - International Dispute Resolution (Optional, 20 Credits)
LW7036 - Carriage of Goods (Optional, 20 Credits)
LW7037 - Commercial Contracts (Optional, 20 Credits)
LW7039 - Intellectual Property (Optional, 20 Credits)
LW7042 - Law of International Trade (Optional, 20 Credits)
LW7043 - Transnational Competition Law (Optional, 20 Credits)
LW7044 - World Trade Organisation Law (Optional, 20 Credits)
LW7051 - International Sale Contracts (Optional, 20 Credits)

Learning Environment

This distance learning course is delivered through the University’s eLearning platform ‘Blackboard’ which supports the provision of interactive learning materials and provides access to assessment tasks, online discussion forums and collaborative online learning. Blackboard Collaborate will be used to facilitate online engagement and support during the modules.

We offer optional study days to help distance learning students get the best out of the course. Panopto software will be used to record teaching activity taking place on study days; this will be made available online, meaning that you can learn at your own pace and at times that suit you.

An online early ‘surgery’ session with your course leader gives you the opportunity to discuss expectations, explore issues and provide guidance.

Research-Rich Learning

During the course you will encounter all quadrants of research rich learning: research-tutored, research-led, research-based, and research-orientated.

Your journey begins with Legal Research, enabling you to gain a clear awareness and understanding of appropriate methods and methodologies, before two specialist modules. There are no examinations. Assessment for the two specialist modules is by means of a 3,000 word research essay on a topic selected by the module tutor.

Give Your Career An Edge

The curriculum provides a practical focus on two modules, in addition to the Legal Research module, that students elect at their option from the areas of English commercial law, international commercial law, and international trade law. It will enable you to apply legal skills to common problems you are experiencing or are likely to experience in practice, provide you with skills necessary to reflect upon and develop policies relevant to you own workplace, and enable you to undertake independent legal research to update your knowledge.

The course is designed to be practical and directly applicable to your working life. You will be able to use the skills, knowledge, understanding and research within your working environment.

Your Future

This course will equip you with the transferable skills you need for employability, and an insight into leadership qualities that graduate employers seek out. You will develop your intellectual curiosity, learning to recognise uncertainty in the law, to produce and present reasoned arguments and to offer creative solutions to legal and ethical problems. You will develop the ability to critically evaluate source material in your chosen field and to apply your knowledge in a practical context.

The PG Cert Business Law develops the knowledge and expertise you will need to address the impact of increased legislation and the complex legal rules facing businesses today. Graduates may be employed in business, government, and legal positions, and they may enhance their employment prospects or employment advancement.

Visit the Business Law - PGCert page on the Northumbria University website for more details!



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Entry Requirements

The usual entry requirement for the Certificate stage is one of the following: a degree in law; a degree incorporating law elements or a joint honours degree incorporating law; a non-law degree with appropriate work experience; a comparable professional qualification. Candidates without a degree or equivalent but with suitable work related experience may also exceptionally be considered.

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