LLM in Employment, Work and Equality

General

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Program Description

Programme overview

Our programme is designed to enrich understanding of employment, work and equality law, investigating the various legal disciplines that regulate work relations. This is an opportunity to examine wide-ranging questions concerning the impact of law, regulation, policy and practice. You will study core theoretical debates and relevant aspects of legal methods, engaging with a variety of institutions, practices, behaviours and ideas. The programme is taught by a world-leading group of labour lawyers with diverse methodological interests who are associated with the Bristol Centre for Law at Work.

Programme structure

The programme consists of two parts. In the first part, there are two core compulsory units: Individual Employment Rights and Collective Labour Law. These will provide an essential grounding in foundational legal issues affecting the field of work. You will be investigating not only UK legal material but also international and regional legal standards and human rights norms. You will explore diverse transnational activities and forms of market regulation.

You also select two further units from a range of specialist labour law and other options. These may include the International Law of Labour and Social Rights, Migration and Work and Philosophical Foundations of Labour and Employment Law. Alternatively, there may be other options you find of interest, such as human rights law, company law or international law.

In the second part of the programme, you will write a dissertation of 12,000 words on a subject of your choice under the supervision of our staff. This means that you will have assistance in crafting your research and writing by a leading labour lawyer who is actively researching in the field.

Exit awards

All taught masters programmes unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to exit from the programme with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Degree classifications:

An award with Merit or Distinction is permitted for postgraduate taught masters, diplomas and certificates, where these are specifically named entry-level qualifications. An award with Merit or Distinction is not permitted for exit awards where students are required to exit the programme on academic grounds. An exit award with Merit or Distinction may be permitted where students are prevented by exceptional circumstances from completing the intended award.

The classification of the award in relation to the final programme mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction*: at least 65 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation. **Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

Award with Merit*: at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 60 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

*The MA in Law has separate regulations for awarding distinction and merit.
**For the award of Distinction, the Faculty of Engineering requires at least 70 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation.

Diploma/certificate stages:

All taught masters programmes unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to choose, or be required, to leave at the postgraduate diploma or certificate stage.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

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Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree in law (or international equivalent).

Exceptionally, we will also consider applicants who have:

  1. An upper second-class honours degree that included content relevant to the applicant's proposed field of study; or
  2. An upper second-class honours degree in any subject, along with relevant experience in a discipline closely related to the focus of this programme.

Applicants in either of these two exceptional cases must make a case explaining why their qualifications or experience fall into category (1) or (2) in their personal statement.

Recognised Prior Learning is currently not accepted. Previous or professional experience is not required.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:

Profile B

You need to achieve required levels of English to qualify for a place on your chosen course/programme.

Different courses/programmes need different levels of language skills. We refer to these skill levels as ‘profiles’. The profile for your chosen course/ programme is shown on the course/programme page.

The tests and levels you need to achieve to meet the requirements are on each profile page.

English language proficiency tests should have been obtained within two years of the start date of your programme/course.

Careers

A specialist qualification in labour law can offer opportunities to work with the best solicitors’ firms in the country, to practise in leading employment sets as a barrister in chambers, but also to pursue careers in management, the civil service, policy-making through trade unions, employers’ organisations and NGOs and even international and European organisations.

Last updated May 2020

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