Employment Law and Practice

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PgCert | PgDip | LLM Employment Law and Practice
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 the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). Alternatively, there are options in oil and gas law, and health and safety law.

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

This course has multiple study options
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Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • Online Distance Learning
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
January
Course Length
16 months

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Distance Learning
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
1 year

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Distance Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
January
Course Length
3 years

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Distance Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
3 years
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 

After submitting a written research proposal, and being appointed a supervisor, you will work independently to research the approved subject area and write 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 

After submitting a written research proposal, and being appointed a supervisor, you will work independently to research the approved subject area and write a 15,000 word dissertation.

 
Detailed module information

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.

Assessment

Typically students are assessed each year:

Full Time

Year 1

  • 1 multiple choice assessment
  • Approximately 8 written assignments, including essays
  • 6 forum postings from core modules and others depend on which options are chosen
Part Time

Year 1

  • 1 multiple choice assessment
  • Approximately 4 written assignments, including essays
  • 4 forum postings from core modules and others depend on options chosen

Year 2

  • Approximately 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 4 practical skills assessment
  • 2 forum postings from core modules and others depend on options chosen

Year 3

  • 1 dissertation
Feedback

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams. 

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.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

DISABILITY & DYSLEXIA CENTRE

ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

CampusMoodle

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library

 
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.

CAREERS

 

For entry, applicants would normally have one of the following:

  • A graduate with a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in Law, Business or Human Resource Management
  • A professional qualification in relevant subject discipline
  • Applicants with relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis

Those that are legally qualified have a slightly different Course content than those who are not. Legally qualified normally means those who are practising solicitors, advocates or barristers or have completed an LLB in the last 5 years. Those who have completed a British LLM or a Law BA may also be considered as legally qualified depending on the content of that course. This determination is within the discretion of the Course Leader.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

 
For Academic Year 2018/2019

Distance Learning Full-time

  • £9,100 entire course

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,310 Stage 1
  • £3,310 Stage 2
  • £2,200 Stage 3
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020

Distance Learning Full-time

  • £9,390 entire course

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,190 Stage 1
  • £3,190 Stage 2
  • £2,120 Stage 3
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

  • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
  • Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
  • Accommodation and Living costs
  • Printing
  • £40 Graduation fee
  • £350 Laptop (must have camera, microphone and speakers)

Other Fees and Charges

Student Funding

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.

POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS' FUNDING

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

Scholarships and Financial Awards

Student will be eligible to apply for a grant or scholarship from The Clark Foundation for Legal Education

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

Disclaimer

For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:

STUDENT FINANCE

 

Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

+44 (0) 1224 262728

As an HR professional it was an opportunity to enhance and consolidate my employment law knowledge and experience, boosting my personal confidence and credibility in the subject matter. I was able to put learning into practice in my work - both in the way I approach and analyse cases and how I advise and apply policies. I would highly recommend to those looking for a qualification and solid grounding in employment law.
LEE-ANNE STEWART, EMPLOYMENT LAW AND PRACTICE LLM GRADUATE

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