LLM Employment Law

This degree is designed for anyone seeking to study employment law in detail. It is an excellent choice for those working or intending to work in the area of employment law, whether as lawyers, human resources professionals, advice workers or union officials.


The LLM Employment Law degree is designed for anyone seeking to study employment law in detail.  It is an excellent choice for those working or intending to work in the area of employment law, whether as lawyers, human resources professionals, advice workers or union officials. The ever-increasing volume of statute, regulations and case law makes it essential for those working in the area to have a firm understanding of the issues, concepts and principles that lie beneath the detailed law and an appreciation of the economic, social and political forces, whether domestic, European or international, that continue to shape its development. Armed with such knowledge, it is possible to face the challenge of new developments in the subject with confidence.

Employment Law is one of the most dynamic and fast-growing areas of legal specialisation. Few areas of law have been the subject of such a rapid transformation in recent times. The aim of this unique programme is to give students a firm grounding in the key areas of employment law and practice and to explore the boundaries of the subject. It covers the central issues and elements in employment law today, such as EU employment law, family policy, discrimination and the impact of human rights law. It offers a chance to engage with the practice of employment law, drafting employment contracts and codes of practice. 

The LLM Employment Law is offered over one year full-time, or two years part-time. Students undertake a wide range of modules which together provide thorough coverage of UK employment law.

Key Facts

  • Developed for those working or intending to work in employment law and related disciplines and also for those who need to understand and apply employment law as part of their management role
  • Provides a firm understanding of issues, concepts and principles that drive the direction and development of UK employment law and an appreciation of the economic, social and political forces, whether domestic or European which influence this.

Student Testimonials

"This Masters course is amazing! Before enrolling, I knew a few things about English employment law... but at the conclusion of this year, I have a deep insight into the English rules governing the industrial relationship. Moreover, you are given the opportunity to work and learn on a very practical basis, taking part in a mock employment tribunal or meeting with real judges and employment solicitors." - Alain Monkham (France)

"Looking back at my time at the UEA I can say that I benefitted from my studies here both professionally and personally and the qualifications I acquired are a door opener in the professional world. The academic support at the UEA is great. The professors are not only highly competent, but also very dedicated and caring. The courses I chose gave me an excellent insight into English Employment law and encouraged critical thinking.

Moreover the UEA is a very international campus with an inclusive atmosphere. One of the best parts of studying at the UEA is being able to make friends with people from all over the world and take part in the great social life on campus." - Julia Becker (Germany)

Course Modules 2017/8

You will take the compulsory 20 credit Postgraduate Legal Skills and Research module (unless exemption has been granted) and the Dissertation together with the following modules:

  • Foundations of Employment Law (40 credits)
  • Equality and Discrimination in Employment (20 credits)
  • Practical Employment Law (20 credits)
  • Work-Life Balance (20 credits)
  • International Law and Employment Rights (20 credits)


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Law or cognate degree
  • Degree Classification Good 2.2 pass or international equivalent

Entry Requirement

Applicants should normally have a good first degree in Law, or, exceptionally, in a related subject from a recognised higher education institution in the UK or overseas.

The Law School will also take into account the employment experience of applicants where relevant and encourages applications from those wishing to return to academic study to further their knowledge, or those planning to study for a degree while remaining in full-time employment.

It is normal for undergraduate students to apply for entry to postgraduate programmes in their final year of study. Applicants who have not yet been awarded a degree may be offered a place conditional on their attaining a particular class of degree.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Fees and Funding

Fees for the academic year 2017/18 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,300 (full time)
  • International Students: £14,800 (full time)

International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit.

Living Expenses

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.

Scholarships and Funding

A variety of Scholarships may be offered to UK/EU and International students. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study. Please click here for more detailed information about funding for prospective Law students.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online, or by downloading the application form.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

    Next Steps

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