The Employment Law postgraduate certificate provides a vital understanding of the legal and regulatory framework surrounding employment - making it a critical study choice for professionals who need a sophisticated understanding of the legal aspects of human resource management. It comprises two modules: recruitment and termination law; and discrimination law. These form the core modules of the MA Human Resource Management Employment Law pathway so you can progress to a full Master's degree.

The programme is designed to increase your knowledge and enhance your performance at work. It is particularly well-suited to professionals whose work relates to legal aspects of human resource management. Such careers may be in employee relations departments, government or quasi-governmental regulatory organisations or trade unions.  


  • Year 1
    Discrimination and the Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory
    This module aims to provide a basic knowledge and understanding of anti-discrimination law in relation to nine protected characteristics in the Equality Act 2010 and other relevant areas of discrimination. These include gender, race, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age. The relevant laws and regulations will be introduced, as will the practical, social and philosophical context in which these operate. Attention will be given to the limitations of laws in these areas. Students should gain an overview of this field of law and an opportunity to develop any specific interests in discrimination regulation.
    Recruitment and Termination Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory
    This module aims to provide an understanding of the way in which the law of contract is applied to the employment relationship and assesses the practical impact of statutory rights on the operation of the contract of employment. It also provides an understanding of the manner in which the employment relationship can be terminated and creates awareness of how the law affects workplace rules and procedures relating to the termination of employment. The module encourages a critical approach to legal regulation by examining the social and political context in which contracts of employment are formed and terminated.

Core modules cover two crucial topical areas - recruitment and termination law - and after completing these you can exit with the PGCert Employment Law qualification. Continuation of the course will lead to the MA/PGDip in Human Resource Management and Employment Law after the completion of two more modules and a mangerial report or dissertation.

Standard entry requirements

For the PG Cert Employment Law we welcome applications from graduates with a good honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject. We also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications and individuals with a minimum of three years' work experience. Those without formal qualifications need to demonstrate relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.

International entry requirements

We accept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas university, to find out more about the requirements from your country, see further information under support in your country.

English language requirements

You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students are IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components) or TOEFL internet based 87 (with at least 21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading).

Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks, depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements. For more information on applying for the pre-sessional please email [email protected].

For details of other equivalent English language requirements that Middlesex accepts see international entry requirements.

How to Apply

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Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. The quickest way to apply is by making an online application, once you have created your account and completed your application, you will be able to track the progress of your application online. Alternatively, you can fill in an application form and return it to the appropriate admissions office. UK and EU students should apply directly to the London office. Non-EU international students can apply to our international admissions office in London, or use our network of regional offices across the world to assist you with your application.

Graduates can advance within many areas of employment law, including discrimination, workplace monitoring and restructuring, flexible working, and employee representation. A career in employment law can involve working with the public sector, Law firms, unions and small or large corporations.

Middlesex graduates from this group have been successful at gaining employment in the following organisations:

  • Metropolitan Police
  • Voluntary services
  • Social Services

Profiles will be available shortly on this page.

PG Cert Employment Law

This course is offered full time or part time.

Part time course fees 2014*                                                   UK/EU Students            International Students
PG Cert (60 taught credits)£50 per taught credit (£3,000 in total)£74 per taught credit(£8,000 in total)

*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide

Find out more about how to calculate your part time course fee.

Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.