Employment Law LLM and Postgraduate Diploma by Distance Learning

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

Our Employment Law LLM and Postgraduate Diploma by Distance Learning is for those wishing to develop their professional interest in UK employment law and its development and is particularly suitable for legal and HR/personnel practitioners wishing to expand their knowledge and context in this area.

All course information can be found on our Study pages but we include commonly asked questions below.

Teaching weekend dates

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
Induction Programme Sample pdf file

23–25 September, 2016

Online study skills workshop in Blackboard

24 October–4 November, 2016

Module 1 Review / Module 2 Introduction

13–14 January, 2017

Module 2 Review / Module 3 Introduction

9–11 June, 2017

Module 3 Review / Module 4 Introduction

13–15 October, 2017

Module 4 Review / Dissertation Introduction

2–4 March, 2018

Dates maybe liable to change.

What do teaching weekends involve and how will they benefit me?

The teaching weekends are held on Main Campus, University of Leicester. The weekends provide an opportunity to become immersed in the course materials through workshops, lectures and discussion groups. They also provide an opportunity to meet fellow students and to form networking groups for help and informal support between weekends.

"I cannot stress enough the benefits of the weekend residential sessions. A significant amount of my learnings were obtained through interactions with my student peers, who were a diverse group in an intellectual, professional and cultural sense." John D. Tanner

Leicester is situated in the centre of England and is well connected to the rest of the country by inter-city rail links (London is just over an hour away) and the motorway network.

Student support

Effective student support is the key to successful distance learning. Whilst students can make contact with staff by telephone, fax or email, they also benefit from face-to-face tuition and from working with their fellow students in the learning environment provided by the residential teaching weekends. During these weekends students will have the opportunity to participate in case studies, discussions, role-play and other exercises, as well as an opportunity to seek individual guidance on their course work or assignment.  Teaching weekends provide opportunities for face-to-face tutorials and discussion with members of the course team and an equally important chance to meet and share experiences with fellow course members. Students are issued with comprehensive course materials and study packs during the teaching weekends.

University Library and other information resources

The Distance Learning Service provides a range of library and information services to support distance learners.

The Library Distance Learning page provides full guidance on all the units' services as well as links to subject information and various electronic resources. The Library's online catalogue, Unicorn, has a special interface for distance learners, which provides the facilities to request books or articles via web based forms.

Continuing professional development

The programmes are recognised by both The Law Society and the Bar Council for professional development purposes. With effect from 1 November 2001, all Solicitors or European Lawyers registered with The Law Society can be credited with 16 CPD hours a year for participation in the programme. The masters programmes count for 33 hours CPD under the Bar Council New Practitioner and Established Practitioner Programme.

Do I need to complete a dissertation?

Those students who wish to proceed to the LLM will be required to complete a dissertation of 12,000 - 15,000 words on an approved topic. The period available for producing the dissertation will start on completion of the course work. It is a requirement that dissertations be completed within six months of successful completion of all modules. Extensions in exceptional circumstances may be granted on written application.

The choice of a topic for the research stage is expected to reflect the broad sweep of the course programme. Individual dissertation topics will be selected in consultation with the Course Director and/or other staff. Topics will normally relate to current issues in the field, whether originating within the occupational experience of the course member or not, and must comply with the normal academic criteria for postgraduate work. Encouragement will be given to begin the process of selecting an appropriate topic before the end of the taught component of the programme.

An appropriate member of the academic team will supervise the dissertation. Where practical the first supervision session may be incorporated into the final review session of the taught course, but thereafter students are expected to arrange a work programme with their supervisor.

Guarantee of quality

The distance learning programmes provided by the School of Law are subject to all normal internal University academic audit procedures. Additionally, all University departments are subject to review by the Higher Education Funding Council.

The Higher Education Funding Council (a government body that reviews the provision of higher education in Britain) rated teaching in the Law School as ‘excellent’ and said this about postgraduate teaching:

"The wide range of degree programmes at the masters level is particularly successful and to be applauded. Postgraduate students were highly appreciative of the standard of the teachers and their knowledge of the areas covered. The postgraduate courses also attract students from many different countries and the widely different backgrounds are well regarded as providing a depth of comparison in subject discussion which is probably unique."

The School entered all eligible members of staff for the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, and 75% of the output was rated to be internationally significant. In terms of research power, the School ranked 17th of 67 rated law schools in the country. In the Research Assessment Exercise 2001, the School received a 5A rating.

Distance learning enquiries

If you have any questions about the programmes, please contact:

Distance Learning
Arts, Humanities and Law
University of Leicester
University Road

Tel: +44 (0) 116 252 3454
Email: arthumsdl@le.ac.uk

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Distance Learning
Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
University of Leicester
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