Law – Online Distance Learning
DipHE | LLB
Throughout the course, you will gain an in-depth understanding of legal knowledge and the practical application of the law in any area. You will also develop key transferable skills including research and analysis, team working, presentation and writing skills. This combination of knowledge and skills will ensure you are ready for a career either within the practice of law or other industries.
95% of RGU law graduates were employed within three years of graduating - Longitudinal Education Outcomes Data, 2017
Year 1 provides a fundamental understanding of the purposes and sources of Law and the main elements of Public and Private Law in Scotland. You will study seven modules if studying full-time and three modules if studying accelerated part time or part time.
This year develops concepts introduced in Year 1 and provides specialised knowledge of other more complex modules. You will study eight modules if studying full-time, six modules if accelerated part-time and four modules if part time. Full time students will complete the course in Year 2.
If you are on the accelerated part-time and part-time routes you will continue to study particular modules within the 15 mandatory modules contained within the course. Accelerated part-time students will study six modules this year and if on the part-time route you will study four modules. Accelerated part-time students will complete the course in Year 3.
If you are a part-time student in your final year you will complete the last four of the 15 mandatory modules to finish the course.
Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.Detailed module information
Online distance-learning allows you to study from any location and is designed to fit in around your work commitments. You will be taught and supported by experienced academics who will recreate the same interactive format of the on-campus courses.
Course materials are delivered via our virtual learning environment, Campus Moodle, by way of recorded lectures which are available in different formats for ease of use. Tutorials are conducted via an online classroom environment which allows you to interact with tutors in “real time” and to engage with peers. You will have the benefit of being part of a group of learners, participating in active, group related learning within a supportive online community setting.
- Lectures - self-directed online
- Seminars - self-directed online
- Tutorial - 15-20 students per group, 1-2 hours (per module tutorial), every two weeks, (weekly in one module)
- Independent Study - 8-16 hours per week depending on mode of study
You are required to engage in your own research as part of your weekly independent study time. Tutorial preparation and private study typically calls for an average of up to 16 hours of individual private study time per week depending on the mode of study.
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 individual’s practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.
The majority of teaching staff on this course are engaged in research activity of the same subject. In addition, many of our staff have professional Legal and Management experience meaning that the course is taught with a highly practical edge.
Staff on this course could also include guest lecturers, industry experts, librarians and Postgraduate Research students.
N.B. Please note the assessment methods illustrate Full-time ODL. Other study modes may differ.
- 5 written exams, typically for 2 hours
- 10 written assignments, including essays - not including online activities
- 7 set exercises
- 6 written exams, typically for 2 hours
- 10 written assignments, including essays
- 8 set exercises
- 2 oral assessment
- 2-4 practical skills assessment
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.
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.
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.
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
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.
Our online Law LLB degree opens the door to the legal profession – plus opportunities within the financial sector, civil service, oil and gas, banking, corporate consultancy, global business management, local government, trade unions and charitable organisations.
If you intend to become a solicitor, you can complete the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (DPLP) at RGU. This is a one-year postgraduate qualification, which can be studied on a part-time basis, and is mandatory in order to practice as a solicitor in Scotland. Many of our graduates who have taken this route have an excellent record for securing quality employment in the legal profession.
The Online LLB is designed as a graduate entry qualification. Applicants will be expected to have a 2.2 (Hons) degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline such as law, business, management, history, modern studies, journalism or other similar subject.
Applicants who do not have a degree in a relevant discipline may still obtain entry under one of the following criteria:
Has a Bachelor's degree in a non-relevant discipline AND can present a reasoned case for wishing to embark on a law degree;
Does not have a Bachelor's degree BUT the applicant can demonstrate that he/she has the intellectual ability required to undertake an LLB degree. This will usually be evidenced by a mixture of non-degree level qualifications combined with relevant industry/practice work experience.
The Course Leader has the sole discretion to accept or refuse any application for entry to the course and must be satisfied that each applicant will be able to devote sufficient time to the course and of successfully completing the course.
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 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:
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.
Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
For Academic Year 2018/2019
Distance Learning Full-time
- £5,940 per year, course over 2 years
Distance Learning Part-time
- £3,960 per year accelerated part-time, course over 3 years
- £2,970 per year, course over 4 years
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
Distance Learning Full-time
- £6,120 per year, course over 2 years
Distance Learning Part-time
- £4,080 per year accelerated part-time, course over 3 years
- £3,060 per year, course over 4 years
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
Scottish students can apply to SAAS for a part time fee grant:STUDENT AWARDS AGENCY FOR SCOTLAND (SAAS)
Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:
Scholarships and Financial Awards
You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award
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
This course is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland and has been developed around its Foundation Programme requirements.
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Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities.
We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.University Wide Facilities
UCAS Code: M114
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