"People who blow the whistle in the public interest need to be protected, and society needs to indicate firmly that the victimisation of whistleblowers is unacceptable."Prof David Lewis, Convener of the International Whistleblowing Research Network
A glance at any newspaper or online news feed soon highlights great strength of feeling surrounding employment law. Pay equality, minimum wage, unfair dismissal, contract and agency workers, zero hours contracts and workers' rights are regular flashpoints, especially in the political sphere. Government and non-government organisations, as well as private businesses, need skilled individuals who show a deep understanding of employment law and the complex issues it raises.
The programme enables students to specialise in subjects related to employment law, equipping them with comprehensive knowledge of the legal processes governing employment relationships and statutory rights in the United Kingdom, through the systematic and critical understanding of legal frameworks regulating employment contracts, recruitment, dismissal and discrimination in the work place.
You will deepen and broaden your knowledge of law as an academic subject; acquiring a systematic understanding of legal processes, methods and concepts, of the social and political context in which legal processes take place and of appropriate theoretical conceptions of law.
By maximising your academic potential and refining your problem-solving skills in a transnational context through the acquisition of systematic and critical understanding of complex legal, economic, cultural, ethical and political issues informing employment relationships and anti-discrimination regulations in the United Kingdom and Europe you will enhance your professional development and horizons.
The research and writing skills you gain will be transferable to a variety of professional sectors, including the legal profession, policymaking, corporate sector, governmental bodies or academia.
Middlesex University School of Law is home to a number of internationally respected experts in the field of employment law, among them Professor David Lewis, the Convener of the International Whistleblowing Research Network, Dr Erica Howard, who is a widely published expert in equality and discrimination law, and Associate Lecturer in Law Lauren Kierans, who specialises in the area of whistleblowing law and is the founder of the Irish Whistleblowing Law Society.
The full-time LLM and PG Diploma Employment Law programmes are designed to be completed during one calendar year comprising two taught terms and, where applicable, one dissertation period. Attendance may be required during the day and/or evening, depending on students' choice of modules.
The part-time programme is designed to be completed over four taught terms for the LLM and PG Diploma programmes, plus a dissertation period (where applicable). The PG Certificate Employment Law must be completed in two academic terms.
LLM and PG Dip part-time students will study two modules in term one, two modules in term two, and two modules in the first term of the following academic year. LLM students will then be expected to submit their dissertation or research project based on practicum or work placement at the end of their second academic year.
PG Cert students study Legal Research Skills and Individual Employment Law in term one and Dismissal Law in term two.
In addition to the below, students can study one of the following modules either in term one or two:
Term 1: Migration Theories and Approaches; Sustainable Development and Human Rights; Environmental Law and Governance
Term 2: Politics of Globalisation; Integrated Work and Learning (barred combination with Work Integrated Learning and Practicum in International Organisations); Migration Politics and Policies
Students on this programme will gain knowledge and understanding through lectures, seminars, workshops, professional internships and self-directed studies using a variety of resources, including audio visual media, the library and e-learning.
Lectures, seminars and presentations regularly involve interactive exercises and opportunities for peer and self-assessment. They will be used to communicate core information, develop themes and ideas and seek to encourage active participation. You will be required to engage in intensive programmes of structured reading and research and to present your findings orally and in writing.
The Legal Research Skills and Dissertation modules are designed to test your ability to research information and present complex legal arguments coherently and analytically, while students undertaking work experience through the Practicum and Work Integrated Learning modules will engage with decision makers in our partner organisations and develop new skills in research, writing, IT and networking.
Students practical skills are assessed by oral presentations, coursework, exams, literature reviews and, where appropriate, dissertation, diary and report writing.
Prior to commencing the course you must pass Department for Education professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy. You are advised to complete these tests before your interview to ensure the best possible chance of success. If you have not passed the tests before your interview, any offer made by the university will be conditional on passing the tests by a nominated date. For further information please visit our Professional skills test page.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
The programme is designed to enable lawyers and corporate professionals seeking to enter or advance their career in human resource management, the public sector, law firms, unions and private organisations requiring specialist knowledge on the regulations governing recruitment, termination of employment and discrimination. Many have continued their higher education studies via a PhD.
Students have access to the University's Employability Service and are offered guidance by the Programme Leader and other contributors to the programme, including guidance on how to enter and pass recruitment processes for national and international organisations. Students are invited to employability talks organised as part of the Clinical Legal Education programme by the Law and Politics Department as well as talks and events organised by the School of Law.
Staff members teaching in the LLM programme include world-renowned scholars who combine instruction in core topics with the fruits of their current research. Students will benefit from their networks of contacts, notably as regards internship opportunities in national and international organisations such as the United Nations or in our on-campus litigation centre, the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre, and in the form of placements in a range of local companies providing professional legal services.
Find out about our wide range of postgraduate scholarships worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.
LLM/PG Dip/PG Cert Employment Law
This course is offered full time or part time. You can choose to study the full Masters or a PG Diploma or PG Certificate.
|Full time course fees 2015||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Part time course fees 2015*||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Masters (120 taught credits |
+ 60 credits for dissertation)
|£55 (per taught credit) |
£27 (per dissertation credit)
|£84 (per taught credit) |
£42 (per dissertation credit)
|PG Dip (120 taught credits)||£55 (per taught credit)||£84 (per taught credit)|
|PG Cert (60 taught credits)||£55 (per taught credit)||£84 (per taught credit)|
*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide
Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.