University of Huddersfield

University of Huddersfield


Part-time fees: £412 per 15 credit module and £824 per 30 credit module. This course is ideal for those students who want to engage in a critical analysis of a range of legal subjects. The course has proved particularly attractive to those holding senior positions in NGOs, international institutions, government and industry who see this as a means of analysing the way in which the law impacts on their work. Graduates on the course have used the dissertation as an opportunity to research an area that is beneficial to their government or employer. Examples of dissertations undertaken include: 'The way in which health and safety laws impact on industrial chemical industries', 'The adoption of laws to counteract money laundering in emerging economies' and 'The establishment of intellectual property law enforcement to enable a country to adhere to its obligations to the World Trade Organisation (WTO)'. The course also provides an ideal foundation for those intending to pursue PhDs. This course is also available by distance learning.

Entry requirements

A 2nd Class Honours degree in law, a related degree or equivalent. If your 1st degree is not in law you will be required to take the introduction to law module. Applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent. Students with a score of 5.5 may enrol after successful completion of the University's pre-sessional course.

Course modules

You will study the compulsory module Legal Research Methods in your first term as well as Introduction to Law if your first degree did not major in Law. During the first term the modules taken usually will total 60 credits (depending on the options taken). Followed by a further 60 credits in the second term. Thus a total of 120 credits during the first two terms. The final term is dedicated to the dissertation. Core modules: Legal Research Methods. This module aims to develop students' research skills, gives guidance on referencing using the Oxford system, and provides a foundation in research methods which can be used when preparing to write the dissertation. Introduction to Law: This module is a compulsory module for those students who have not previously studied law. Students on the module will study the English Legal System and will also be introduced to the basic principles in the Law of Tort Criminal Law and Contract Law. This should provide a sound basis for studying the other modules on the course. Dissertation: The aim of the dissertation module is to provide you with the opportunity to manage and extend an academic research task and to demonstrate in writing a critical understanding of issues raised in a self-selected area of law. That area should reflect some of the themes from modules already studied. It requires the successful completion of a dissertation on a topic of your choice (subject to supervisory expertise being available). Option modules: Commercial Law. This module is compulsory on the LLM in Commercial Law and is designed to enable you to gain a thorough grounding in Commercial Law which is capable of supporting more specialised option modules in commercial subjects. You will critically evaluate whether the various forms of regulation are appropriate for business in the 21st century. Corporate Responsibility and Governance. The aim of this module is to enable students to understand the theory and practice of corporate governance and how this interfaces with ethical issues involving stakeholders in corporations. It attempts to achieve this through a mix of seminars, cases, and exercises that promote critical and reflective debate. Learning outcomes are assessed through a single extended business case review of 5,000 words. Employment Law: This module introduces you to the employer/ employee relationship contractual terms and termination of contract. You will also study the equality legislation and explore the nature of discrimination in the workplace. The assessment is by way of one written assignment on a topic of your choosing from within the syllabus. Global Intellectual Property Rights: Intellectual property includes copyright, trademarks and patents. The module is designed to provide students with a critical understanding of the ways in which the owners of such rights can protect them on a global basis. The class and interactive sessions are designed to engage students into a critical and analytical discussion of whether the protection afforded is satisfactory in the global economy. The module is assessed by an interactive activity such as a wiki / discussion board (worth 25 per cent of module marks) and an individual assignment (worth 75 per cent of module marks). International Criminal Law: This module examines the nature and content of international criminal law. In particular we study the elements of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in addition to their historical and political background. Students are encouraged to carry out independent research and present their findings throughout the course of the module. The Law and Practice of International Trade: This module examines the various sources of international trade law. It then sets out to identify the various problems associated with international trade law and practice, before moving on to critically explore the different types of international trade transactions, methods of financing international trade, and the ways in which international trade transactions come into being, and how they are performed.
Private International Law: The module is designed to provide students with an understanding of the structure and content of the principles of private international law. The module will examines the various sources and the subjects of private international law, the role of private international law in the resolution of private disputes with an international dimension or procedural issues relating to the conflict of laws. Public International Law: Public International Law is designed to provide you with an understanding of the structure and content of the principles of Public International Law, the relationship between Public International law and Private International Law and the interaction between Public International Law and national law. The module also examines the various sources and subjects of Public International Law, the question of state jurisdiction and sovereign immunity and developments in the area of state responsibility. Relevant aspects of the law of treaties, the law of the sea and the settlement of international disputes between states will also be studied. Appropriate modules are also available from other programmes but students can only take one module of no more than 15 credits. NB Some the above modules may not be taken together in the General LLM, please contact the course tutor for more details.

Assessment methods

All of the modules offered start with introductory lectures. Students are then encouraged to engage in academic discourse through the analysis of cases, journal articles and research papers in seminars. Student achievement is assessed through 100 per cent coursework in the form of problem solving exercises, essays, seminar papers and on-line discussion. All modules are supported by the University's virtual learning environment.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
LLM Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
LLM Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
LLM Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
LLM Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
LLM Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Huddersfield Huddersfield HD1 3DH Yorkshire and the Humber

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