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Master of Laws (LLM) in Food Law

Gain a qualification in food law with this flexible distance learning course - Learn More!

Course start date: 28th September 2020 (Application deadline: 1st September 2020). Delivered by tutored distance learning

This unique programme in Food Law will enable you to:

  • Analyse, interpret and apply the laws regulating food
  • 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

See the full course brochure.

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The course commences on Saturday 28th September 2020 with the reading of the Core module (worth 30 credits) and registration which leads towards an online Induction Day on Saturday 31st October 2020. The Core module is studied through to the end of December 2020 and is assessed by written coursework.

From January to December 2021, 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 2022, 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 food law.

See this year's modules.

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

  • Food Law in the UK and EU

Optional Modules

  • Food Consumer Protection Law
  • Food Marketing Law
  • Food Safety Law
  • Food Sources Protection Law
  • Negotiated Study Module

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 Food Law course forms part of a wider LLM programme at Leicester De Montfort Law School and for added flexibility, in addition to the Food 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
  • Employment Law and Practice
  • 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; Health and Safety Law; Planning Law; Environmental Crime and Environmental Assessments.

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

See the Food Law modules.


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.

Both companies based in the UK and those wishing to import into the UK will likely be affected by Brexit. De Montfort’s flexible programmes will ensure that when changes happen you'll be in a position to understand and act on them immediately.

Good content and flexible enough to enable someone in full-time employment to complete the course. Very enjoyable.

C. Murray,  The Jordans & Ryvita Company Ltd., UK
                                        and LLM Food Law student

This course is designed for a large variety of senior professionals in:

• food production
• manufacturing
• processing
• consulting
• hygiene firms, and
• representatives from industry associations and regulatory bodies

The course is also ideal for lawyers in private practice law firms and in-house.

Food law is a dynamic area of law, heavily influenced by developments at an EU level. Over the years the course has recruited students from all over the globe and from many different backgrounds. A typical student may be an Environmental Health Officer, or work in the food industry, or be a practising lawyer or a consultant.
As such the course is specifically designed for lawyers and non-legal professionals with interests in the food law field, particularly those involved in the food industry.

Many students have a great deal of practical knowledge of food law and the impetus for studying the course is to obtain a qualification which confirms the breadth and depth of this existing knowledge, and to have the opportunity to look behind the law in order to address underlying policy issues.

Dissertation titles previously submitted for the LLM Food Law include:

  • An evaluation of legislation covering shellfish and its implications on stakeholders in the industry
  • Is there a shift in the UK food safety enforcement policy towards absolute consumer protection and away from a risk based approach
  • The pig swill ban - a sledgehammer to crack a nut
  • The metamorphisis of the European food labelling laws into food information for the consumer. Work still in progress?
  • The role of food labelling in the EU’s obesity prevention strategy
  • The reaction of the law to the 2011 outbreak of STEC associated with the consumption of sprouted seed
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The course commences with an optional induction weekend on 11th and 12th September 2020 at Leicester De Montfort Law School. After that there are a number of further optional study components throughout the course. The Induction Weekend is intended to assist students in their choice of optional 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. The other sessions will concentrate on additional areas that will be useful to students throughout their studies. These additional sessions will offered through a combination of face to face and webinar format.

Students can undertake to do the course following the Accelerated Route and complete their LLM in 15 months. Students will enrol in September 2020 along with the other students on the programme and study the Core Module until the end of December 2020. Accelerated Route students will then undertake to study all of their modules and write their dissertation within the remaining 12 months (January to
December 2021).

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 programme is very interesting and I have definitely made the right choice for my career by electing to study this LLM.

A. Georgiadi,

 Hadjiprodromou-Triantaphillou & Partners Law Firm and LLM Food Law student

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