University of Leicester

LLM Employment Law

At A Glance

Course Title

Employment Law LLM

Course Type

Full Degree

Course Level


Study Method

Distance Learning

Start Date


Course Duration

21 months

Awarded & Delivered By

University of Leicester
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Course Description

The Employment Law LLM degree will provide you with an understanding of UK and EU employment legislation and case law that you can directly apply to your career in HR or legal practice.
It is divided into four broad subject areas: individual employment relations; equality at work; termination of employment and individual dispute resolution; and key themes in employment law. Within these four areas you will critically analyse the scope and limitation of the law in relation to discrimination, gain a deeper understanding of the legal regulation of termination of employment, the role of collective bargaining and employee participation in the workplace and consider the effect of human rights and international labour law on the employment relationship. You will examine the law in-depth in its wider context to determine its effectiveness in the modern workplace, graduating with a comprehensive critical understanding of employment law relevant to your career.
Studying by distance learning allows you to fit your work around your existing employment and family commitments. You will be provided with support from our expert academic staff combined with the opportunity to meet tutors and colleagues face-to-face during our teaching weekends. During these weekends you will have the opportunity to participate in case studies, discussions, role-play and other exercises.

Course Content

This module provides an understanding of the complex and intricate laws and legislation surrounding the status of the individual in particular employment relationships. We will explore specific employment related laws relating to pay, holidays and working time in order to evaluate the role of the law and its evolution in employment relations. In particular, this module will demonstrate how different employment relationships are treated in law and the duties of the parties and the use of relevant case law and legislation to compare the relative legal importance of individual terms of the contract of employment and their source.
‘Equality at Work’ engages in the critical examination of the effectiveness of protection against discrimination in the modern workplace. The main focus of this module will be on British legislation designed to prevent different forms of discrimination, and the legal rights of employees who have faced discrimination forbidden by British law: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race religious belief, sex and sexual orientation. We will also explore and critically evaluate the laws and polices promoting the reconciliation of work and family life.
This module will provide a comprehensive and practical understanding of the law and employment relations, with preference to the termination of employment. We will explore laws regulating not just wrongful and unfair dismissal and also the law on dismissals from employment for economic reasons. This understanding will give you the ability to critically analyse and discuss policies on dispute resolution in the workplace.
This module will teach you to critically evaluate the relationship of human rights and employment law, taking into account the international and supranational context of human rights. We will discuss the law relating to trade unions and its international context, including the relationship between trade unions and their members. We will apply and evaluate the legal framework on collective bargaining, including its international context, as well as discussing analytically the rules applicable to industrial conflicts in their international context. You will also learn to explain the law on worker participation in the UK in its international and supranational context.
The dissertation module is designed to further enhance your independent research skills and investigate legal issues in an area of employment law. This module will give you the chance to demonstrate sophisticated research skills in accessing and assessing a range of primary and secondary sources in the area of your dissertation topic. By building on skills and knowledge from your research project and previous modules this module will support you in presenting your independent research, with continuous guided supervision throughout the module.

Study Method

The Employment Law LLM degree is studied 100% online through the University of Leicester distance learning platform. You will cover all of the modules by distance learning over a 21 month period beginning the September you enter the course. Each module will last approximately 15 weeks allowing 10-15 hours of study time per week. You will be provided with comprehensive bespoke course materials and the specialised support team will offer individual guidance throughout your studies. You will be able to access ongoing study support by email and through online discussion boards, as well as benefit from the personal tutoring system.
The University library provides a service specifically for distance learners with information databases and online guidance via the web. There are no formal exams and you will be assessed by four written assignments followed by a dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words on a subject of your choice. All assessment work is undertaken in your own time, allowing maximum flexibility to fit your learning around other commitments.

Course Fees

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Entry Requirements

  • 2:1 degree or an equivalent professional qualification combined with appropriate practical experience.

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

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