LLM Employment Law and Human Resource Management

Postgraduate Faculty of Business and Law

This programme is specially designed for law and non-law graduates looking to gain a master’s in law, with an emphasis in employment law and practice.

LLM Employment Law and Human Resource Management

Full time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Number of Credits

180 credits

Start date

September 2023

Degree Type




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This unique LLM in Employment Law Practice and Human Resource Management will provide you with the opportunity to learn about employment law and practice from the socio-economic perspective of the legal framework applicable to corporate and business entities.

On this programme there will be cross-faculty teaching by staff from both the Business and Law Schools – and you’ll be taught by specialists in their respective fields.

Diverse, enriching and relevant optional modules range from modules on sustainability and fashion, intellectual property, cooperate governance, business and human rights, international tax law and international development, and economic justice.

Teaching will be underpinned by case studies and exposure to ‘live’ cases within the Law School Clinic. There will also be visits to the Employment Tribunal and Judge-lead talks and presentations.

A research and professional skills module is integrated in the course, as well as an option to take an introductory module on the principles of international law.

How you'll learn

The programme has been divided into three clusters: the employment law cluster, business cluster and the corporate social responsibility cluster.

  • The core employment law cluster consists of modules covering all of the common and fundamental aspect of employment law and practice as encountered by those working, or wishing to work, in human resources management or a specialised employment law practice. This cluster of modules includes coverage of individual employment relations, termination of employment, dispute resolution and how to conduct settlement negotiations, discrimination law and strategy, and whistleblowing.
  • The business cluster covers complementary subjects such as financial performance management, leadership and change management, advanced project management, corporate governance, and intellectual property law.
  • The programme further incorporates contemporary, cutting edge and topical modules under the corporate social responsibility (CSR) cluster. Example modules include corporate crime and business integrity, business and human right, and international tax law.
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Career options

This course is suitable for professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds and organisations who are seeking to expand their understanding of employment law and develop specialist areas of expertise and enhance their career prospects.

The field of business and employment with an appreciation of corporate social responsibility is growing rapidly and there are significant employment opportunities in private companies, NGOs, law firms and government departments.

Career options include:

  • Human resource management
  • Specialist employment law practice for lawyers
  • NGOs
  • Charities
  • Unions
  • Entrepreneurs who what to learn about their legal obligations as an employer and business owner.
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Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. We will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers.

Application Info

How to apply

Postgraduate programmes

You can now apply for any programme for any entry point in 2023.

All postgraduate taught applications can be made via our online application form.

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

International students
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.

  • See our Finance pages for more details

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Tuition fees and funding

September 2023 entry tuition fees

Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.

UK EU and International
£10,500 £16,500

Specific Entry Requirements

Law UG 2:2 (LLB or international equivalent)


Business/Economics/Finance/Accounting UG 2:2 without case-by-case assessment


Other non-related UG 2:1 


Other non-related UG 2:2 and relevant work experience (human resource management/ legal sector/finance sector/civil service/tax sector/arbitration) with case-by-case assessment.

Relevant work experience, for example:

2 years or longer work experience in the following sectors (paid or unpaid/ managerial and non-managerial):

  • Human resource management
  • Trade union
  • NGO or charitable organisation
  • Insurance
  • Finance
  • Debt restructuring
  • Banking
  • Accountancy
  • Insolvency
  • Civil service
  • Tax
  • Arbitration
  • Managerial work experience at least 2 years (paid or unpaid)
  • Running own business at least 2 years

Validation and curriculum review

What is validation?
Validation is a formal process through which the University approves a programme (content, teaching, learning and assessment) as being of appropriate standard and quality. This is a normal process used throughout the university sector.

The University expects to publish details of the validated programme in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.

What is curriculum review?
Curriculum review is the regular and systematic monitoring and reviewing of programmes. It is a normal process in the sector and it is the way by which the university ensures that your course remains up-to-date and relevant. The process may result in changes to the content, structure and/or assessment of the programme.

The University expects to publish details of the re-validated programme by 31 March in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.

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