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Master of Laws (LLM) in Employment Law and Practice:

Apply now to study this online employment law and practice course from a university recognised for its teaching excellence.

Course start date: 13th September 2019 (Application deadline: 1st September 2019). Delivered by tutored distance learning

De Montfort University

This unique programme in Employment Law and Practice will enable you to:

  • Analyse, interpret and apply employment law in practice
  • Gain a competitive advantage in difficult market conditions - increase your skills at this crucial time
  • Achieve a recognised UK university qualification while combining full-time employment with study
  • Learn from key industry practitioners and academics and benefit directly from their insight and invaluable commentary
  • Apply your learning and new skills to your work immediately and help further your career
  • Tailor the programme to your needs by studying your own unique combination of modules from this and other De Montfort LLM programmes.
  • Study at a faster pace – follow the ‘accelerated route’ and complete the LLM in 15 months

EU Referendum Statement: UPDATE

In light of the outcome of the recent EU Referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union we wanted to reassure you that DMU remains as committed as ever to academic excellence as well as welcoming students from all countries, whether from Europe or the wider world.

De Montfort’s flexible programmes will ensure that when changes happen you'll be in a position to understand and act on them immediately.

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The course commences with an induction weekend in Leicester which take place on 13th-15th September 2019, and the Core Module, (worth 30 credits) is then studied from September 2019 through to the end of December 2019 and is assessed by written coursework.

From January to December 2020, students choose two 30 credit modules or one 30 and two 15 credit modules (giving a total of 90 credits for the first year of study).

In the second year, January to December 2021, students take either one 30 credit module or two 15 credit modules and write a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice on a legal issue within the context of employment law.

See this year's modules.

The programme is specifically designed for professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds and organisations, and is particularly suitable for lawyers, HR professionals, company secretaries, owner-managers and those with HR responsibilities.

This LLM gives the student not only an in-depth study of Employment Law but also critical aspects of human resource management. This means that the HR professional gains a comprehensive knowledge of the law which influences HR policies and practices within a business, indeed their own workplace.

The lawyer, on the other hand acquires an understanding of the context within which their advice is being sought, the potential impact such advice may have on a business and where business decisions may have to be made. As such it gives the lawyer a greater understanding of the background in which certain decisions may be made and allows a more holistic approach to be taken.

The DMU Employment Law Team

Students will all study the Core Module and will then specialise by choosing from the optional modules listed below. Please see the Course Structure section for a full explanation.

Core Module

Employment Law in Context in the UK and EU

Lawyers approach the subject of Employment Law as a legal discipline but their expertise is enhanced if they have an appreciation of the wider context within which Employment Law fits. The modern manager also needs to acquire a knowledge of Employment Law if he or she is to be equipped for modern human resource management. The aim of this module is to provide lawyers and non-lawyers with an underpinning to the optional modules by providing a concise contextual exposition of modern Employment Law.


Optional Modules

  • Civil Liberties in the Workplace
  • Collective Labour Law
  • US Labour Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Negotiated Study
  • Individual Employment Law
  • Health and Safety Law
  • People Management within Organisations
  • Equal Opportunities in the Workplace

And you can tailor the course to fit your specific job role and industry by selecting modules from other LLM programmes as well. See Flexible Study Options box for further information.

The Employment Law and Practice course forms part of a wider LLM programme at Leicester De Montfort Law School and for added flexibility, in addition to the Employment Law modules available, students may choose to study modules from the other LLM pathways:

  • Sports Law
  • Business Law / International Business Law
  • Environmental Law and Practice
  • Food Law
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • International Human Rights Law

Available modules from other courses include:

Aspects of Discrimination in Business; Consumer Law; Intellectual Property Law; Event Management; Public Procurement Law and Practice; Expert Evidence and International Law.

To gain an award in Employment Law and Practice, the Core Module plus one full 30 credit module from the Employment Law modules must be studied, and the dissertation must also fall within the scope of Employment Law. Thereafter there is freedom of choice across all pathways.

See the Employment Law modules

This course has directly and positively impacted upon my skills and confidence in my business

A. Cook, LLM Employment Law student

Students can undertake to do the course following the Accelerated Route and complete their LLM in 15 months. Students will enrol in September 2019 along with the other students on the programme and study the Core Module until the end of December 2019. Accelerated Route students will then undertake to study all of their modules and write their dissertation within the remaining 12 months (January to
December 2020).

This is a very intensive but rewarding route and successful students will graduate with their LLM at the end of 15 months. Accelerated Route students are supported through the allocation of a special director of studies who will provide additional support and advice during their studies.

The course has been designed for professionals from
a wide variety of backgrounds and organisations and is
particularly suited to:

• Lawyers
• Solicitors
• HR professionals
• Company secretaries
• Owner managers
• Those with HR responsibilities

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The course commences with an optional induction weekend on 13th, 14th and 15th September 2019 at Leicester De Montfort Law School. After that there are up to four further optional one-day study days (on Saturdays) per year of study. The Induction Weekend is intended to assist students in their choice of option modules, allow meetings with course tutors and fellow students and provide useful introductory sessions especially for those students who do not have a degree in law or some other relevant legal qualification. Other study days concentrate on tutorial work in the Core Module and chosen subjects and students have the opportunity to listen to guest speakers, discuss the course and be involved in specialist debate and analysis on specific areas of relevant law.

The course has been informative, interesting and
analytical in a way that brings the subject to life

C. Hamilton,

LLM Employment Law student

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