Employment Law LLM and Postgraduate Diploma by Distance Learning

Develop your profession in the practice of employment law and the management of employment relationships.

Key facts

  • Mode: Distance learning
  • Entry Requirements: Normally a first or good second class honours degree [preferably 2:1] or an equivalent professional qualification, coupled with suitable practical experience.
  • Fees: LLM £7830,  Diploma £5480
  • Application Deadline: 31 August, 2015
  • Course Start Date: 25 September, 2015
  • Course Length: 24 Months

Who is the Course for?

Those wishing to develop their professional interest in UK employment law and its development. Legal and HR/personnel practitioners wishing to expand their knowledge and context of employment law are particularly encouraged to apply. Recruitment is mainly from the United Kingdom, but includes overseas students requiring knowledge of United Kingdom employment law.

Self-study is central to distance learning but our programmes provide support through face-to-face residential teaching weekends and our online learning environment, Blackboard. Our distance learning employment law degree has a specialist Course Director, a Course Administrator and Personal Tutors who will offer advice and assistance throughout your studies. Our University library provides a service specifically for distance learners with information databases and online guidance via the web.

Course Aims

  • Provide an understanding of the legal basis of individual and collective employment relations
  • Provide a working knowledge of the UK and European Union case law in the employment sphere
  • Identify the framework of law in the context of contemporary employment relations
  • Provide an understanding of the legal regulation of the contract of employment
  • Appreciate the scope and limitation of the law in relation to combating discrimination and providing for equal opportunities
  • Examine the legal regulation of termination of employment, including alternative dispute resolution
  • Analyse the economic and social forces playing upon collective labour relations, the role of collective bargaining and employee participation in the workplace and the provision of a legal framework within which these activities may take place
  • Demonstrate the relationship between human rights and employment law, and the role of supra-national sources in this sphere

Structure of the Course

The course is split into four broad areas of employment law (modules) and, for LLM students, a dissertation.

Year 1

Individual Employment Relations

  • Introduction to Labour Law: Sources, Institutions, Theory and History
  • Personal Scope of Employment and Other Employment Relationships
  • Terms of Employment and their Sources
  • Pay, Working Time and Holiday
  • Varying Terms and Conditions, Whistleblowing and Territorial Scope of Employment Law

Equality at Work

  • The Concept of Equality
  • The Framework of Equality Law
  • Definition of Discrimination
  • Enforcement and Promoting Equality
  • Gender Equality and the Law

Year 2

Termination of Employment and Individual Dispute Resolution

  • Termination of Employment at Common Law
  • Unfair Dismissal
  • Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (Tupe)
  • Economic Dismissals
  • Individual Dispute Resolution

Key Themes in Employment Law

  • Trade Union Law
  • Regulation of Industrial Conflict
  • Worker Participation - The Rights to Information and Consultation
  • International and European Labour Law
  • Employment Law and Human Rights


12,000–15,000 words on an approved topic selected by the student. The topic will be within or will relate to areas covered in the course programme. An appropriate member of the academic team will supervise the dissertation.

Diploma students do not complete a dissertation.


Assessment is by four written assignments, followed by a dissertation on a subject of the student’s choice. There are no formal examinations. All assessment work is undertaken in the student’s own time.

Individual Employment Relations, two assignments of 2000 and 6000 words respectively; Equality at work and Termination of Employment, one 7500 word assignment; Individual Dipsute Resolution, one 7500 word assignment; Key Themes of Employment Law two assignments of 3500–4000 words.

Teaching weekends

At the end of each period of study for the course modules there will be a teaching weekend. You are expected to attend at least two of the weekends and are strongly advised to attend all of them as they form an integral part of the course.

Induction weekend
View the Induction Programme pdf file

25–27 September, 2015

Online study skills workshop in Blackboard

26 October–6 November, 2015

Module 1 Review / Module 2 Introduction

15–16 January, 2016

Module 2 Review / Module 3 Introduction

13–14 May, 2016

Module 3 Review / Module 4 Introduction

7–8 October, 2016

Module 4 Review / Dissertation Introduction

3–4 February, 2017

Dates maybe liable to change.

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 study time per week.

The successful completion of all modules is followed by approximately six months to write the dissertation which is the final requirement for the Master’s qualification.

Posgraduate Diploma

If you can’t or don’t want to commit to the LLM programme, you can apply for the Postgraduate Diploma. The Postgraduate Diploma follows the same course structure and uses the same course materials as the LLM programme, however you stop studying at the end of the final module and do not complete the dissertation.

If you register for the Postgraduate Diploma and at the end of the final module have enough pass marks, you can transfer to the LLM programme, pay the fee difference and complete the dissertation.


LLM £7830
Diploma £5480

Fees can be paid by instalment.
Further fee and payment information including fee discounts.

You are responsible for the costs of travel and accommodation at teaching weekends. Local accommodation rates vary from £45–£70 per night and we hold a dinner on the Friday evening of each teaching weekend at a cost of £30 per head.

Teaching, assessment and refreshments during teaching weekends are included in your course fees.

Entry Requirements

Normally a first or good second class honours degree (preferably 2:1) or an approved professional qualification, coupled with suitable practical experience.
Full entry requirement details

Applicants whose first language is not English should refer to the university language requirements.

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Distance Learning
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University of Leicester
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