Taught course

Employment Law in Practice

Northumbria University · Faculty of Business and Law

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally possess An appropriate degree A comparable professional qualification. Candidates without a degree or equivalent but with suitable work experience will also be considered for admission to the programme

Months of entry


Course content

Northumbria has an enviable reputation for its practical, innovative LLM programmes, which are accessible to a wide range of professionals.

  • Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (60 credits)
  • LLM (60 credits) - total 180 credits, all at level 7

The linked award structure of our distance learning LLM programmes gives students flexibility in their studies. Students enrol on and complete each stage of the programme, all of which are at Masters level, before choosing to move onto the next stage or choosing to exit with the relevant award. The stages are Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and LLM.

Each part of the programme is treated as a separate and distinct award – successful completion of the 60 credit Postgraduate Certificate stage, comprising three modules, is therefore an entry requirement for the Postgraduate Diploma stage and successful completion of the 60 credit Postgraduate Diploma stage, comprising three modules, is an entry requirement for the LLM stage. Completion of all three stage leads to the award of LLM.

This innovative Masters Programme was developed in conjunction with Crutes Law Firm (now DWF) and following consultation with a wide range of human resources professionals. Focusing upon the issues that professionals need to know, it provides a unique opportunity for a wide range of practitioners to gain a postgraduate qualification in employment law whilst still pursuing their careers.

Whether you are a lawyer, human resources professional, personnel or industrial relations officer, or work in staff development or training, this programme will be relevant to you and your continuing professional development. The programme will develop a range of skills, which will enable all students to remain fully abreast of the latest legislative and case law developments. It will ensure that all students acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of essential domestic and European employment law provisions, and informed and expert understanding of how the law operates in practice. Students will be provided with assistance enabling them to respond to complex practical, legal and ethical problems. Students will be encouraged to critically analyse the law and important legal issues they face in practice.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months


distance learning
18 months


distance learning
9 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 227 4453