Employment Law LLM by Distance Learning

Key facts

  • Mode: Distance learning
  • Entry Requirements: First/second class degree or relevant experience
  • Fees: £7495
  • Application Deadline: 31 August 2014
  • Course Start Date: September 2014
  • Course Length: 24 Months

Who is the Course for?

Those wishing to develop both a professional and academic interest in United Kingdom employment law and its development. Legal and HRM/personnel practitioners who wish to expand their knowledge and context of employment law are particularly encouraged to apply. The course recruits mainly in the United Kingdom, but also overseas students requiring knowledge of United Kingdom employment law.

Course Aims

  • To provide an understanding of the legal basis of individual and collective employment relations;
  • to provide a working knowledge of the UK and European Union case law in the employment sphere;
  • to identify the framework of law in the context of contemporary employment relations;
  • to provide an understanding of the legal regulation of the contract of employment
  • to appreciate the scope and limitation of the law in relation to combating discrimination and providing for equal opportunities;
  • to understand the legal regulation of termination of employment, including alternative dispute resolution;
  • to 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.
  • to appreciate 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 based upon the principle of continuous assessment rather than formal examinations.

Year 1

Individual Employment Relations

  • Employment Law Sources and Institutions
  • Contracts of Employment and other Employment Relationships
  • General matters affecting the Employment Relationship
  • Sources of Terms for the Contract of Employment
  • Contents of the Contract of Employment
  • Pay, working time and holiday

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. An appropriate member of the academic team will supervise the dissertation which will reflect the broad sweep of the course programme.

Teaching weekends

At the end of each of the periods allowed for study of 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

September 2014

Module 1 Review / Module 2 Introduction

February 2015

Module 2 Review / Module 3 Introduction

June 2015

Module 3 Review / Module 4 Introduction

November 2015

Module 4 Review / Dissertation Introdction

March 2016

Dates maybe liable to change.

The programme of study will enable you to cover all modules by distance learning over a 21 month period beginning the September you enter the course. Each module will last approximately fifteen weeks allowing ten to fifteen 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.

View the Induction Programme pdf file


  • LLM/Dip £7495 (all applicants)

Payment by installment is possible. Further fee and payment information including fee discounts.

Entry Requirements

Normally a first or second class honours degree or an equivalent professional qualification. Full details on entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should refer to the university language requirements. (http://www2.le.ac.uk/study/international/english)

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Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3454
Distance Learning
School of Law
University of Leicester
Leicester LE1 7RH
United Kingdom
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