Improve your career prospects by gaining a Masters in Food Law while remaining in full-time employment. Tailor the course and choose the modules that are right for you.
Gain a qualification in food law with this flexible distance learning course!
Course start date: 13th September 2019 (Application deadline: 1st September 2019).
Delivered by tutored distance learning
De Montfort University
The LLM in Food Law requires the successful completion of 180 credits as outlined in the Course Structure section.
Don’t forget: You can choose modules from the other De Montfort LLM courses, see the flexible study options section for some of the module choices available.
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
The course commences with an induction weekend in Leicester which takes place on 13th-15th September 2019, and the Core Module, (worth 30 credits) is then studied from September 2019 through to the end of December 2019 and is assessed by written coursework.
From January to December 2020, 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 2021, 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.
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.
Food Law in the UK and EU
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.
Flexible Study Options
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:
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.
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.
This course is designed for a large variety of senior professionals in:
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.
Why This Course?
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.
"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
"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
Dissertation Topic Ideas
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 metamorphosis 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
Optional Study Days
The course commences with an optional induction weekend on 13th and 14th September 2019 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 be offered through a combination of face to face and webinar format.
How Do I Enrol On The Course?
Scan your application form and supporting documentation and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org