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What makes the LLM in Employment Law at Worcester special?

Designed with practising legal and HR professionals in mind, this course allows you to develop specialist areas of expertise while gaining a full Masters qualification.

At Worcester you will engage in depth with the key aspects of UK Employment Law. You will gain a detailed and critical understanding of the main legislation and case law including current theoretical debates on how the law does and should operate.

The course has a practical, real world focus and includes an opportunity for you to engage with the use of the law in the University’s Legal Advice Centre.

To help you with your dissertation, you will receive expert guidance on a legal research topic of your choice from experienced legal academics and professionals. 

As well as gaining a greater knowledge and understanding of Employment Law, you will be able to enhance and develop many transferable skills such as legal research, critical thinking and analysis, problem solving, academic writing, oral communication and networking.

You will be encouraged to discuss and share ideas and viewpoints with other students and your tutors and to debate what the law is and whether it needs reform.



Key features

  • Flexible delivery enabling you to study while you work and gain a Masters degree to boost your employability and professional career prospects
  • Allows you to gain practical experience in Employment Law at the University Legal Advice Centre
  • A key focus on the law in practice including detailed study of Employment Tribunals and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Taught by a combination of experienced practising lawyers including specialist employment lawyers and legal academics with guest speakers
  • Enables you to engage in in-depth research into areas of interest or current practice.
  • A voluntary guided visit to a local Employment Tribunal to see the law in action
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

Typical students entering onto the LLM in Employment Law will have a 2.2 honours undergraduate degree in Law, HR or a related discipline.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language require IELTS 6.5 or above.

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 


Semester One

  • Legal Research Methods
  • The Contract of Employment and its Termination
  • Company and Commercial Law

Semester Two

  • Discrimination law
  • Employment Law in Practice: Legal Advice Centre
  • Employment Tribunals and ADR


  • Dissertation
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars and supervisory tutorials. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities.  Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, are focused on developing subject specific skills and applied individual and group project work.

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful.

In addition to the formal scheduled delivery of the course you will have the opportunity to engage fully in the life of the School of Law including attending and participating in research seminars and conferences.

Contact time

The total amount of study time on this course is calculated with reference to the module credit, meaning that 180 credits equates to 1800 hours of study time in total.  By the very nature of this course, much of this time is taken up with independent self-study. 

Typically the taught modules will contain the following contact time:

  • 30 credit modules - 12 weekly two hour workshops.
  • 15 credit modules - 6 weekly two hour workshops.

The research modules contain the following contact time: 

  • The Legal Research Methods Course includes 4 three hour interactive workshops at the start of the module and 6 hours of scheduled supervisory sessions.
  • The Dissertation module includes 2 three hour workshop at the start of the module and 12 hours of scheduled supervisory sessions. These can be delivered face to face or at a distance.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you will be expected to undertake over 1668 hours of personal self-study over the year. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. 


  • 12 months Full Time
  • 24 months Part Time



Timetables are normally available one month before registration. All taught classes take place in the evening.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and legal practitioners with a range of private and public law specialisms.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and currently 85% of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. 

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, a research proposal and a dissertation.

Typically your assessment diet over the year would include

Semester 1

1 Research Proposal       
2 Assignments (Essays)   
1 Presentation     
1 Client Interviewing (Practical Assessment)

Semester 2       

2 Assignments (Essays)    
1 Portfolio     
1 Tribunal Report     
1 Client Interviewing (Practical Assessment)

Semester 3  

1 Dissertation

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate. 

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.  

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

School of Law

The teaching team is made up of barristers, solicitors and legal academics with a range of research interests and professional experience. All the team are highly experienced lecturers and active researchers in their areas.

Students in the School of Law will be taught by lecturers who are not only experienced and highly motivated teachers but also legal academic experts in their fields.


Where could it take you?

Students are encouraged to take part in the full range of law employability activities at Worcester. Employability is at the heart the School of Law, and we offer a wide range of opportunities to gain work experience through volunteering, mentoring schemes and placements.

We work closely with a variety of local, regional and national firms and use their expertise to input into the academic curriculum. In this way, we ensure that your Master’s degree is attractive to potential employers and that you have the opportunity to explore many different career options, both in the legal profession and in other areas, such as business and management. 


How much will it cost?


The current fees can be found within the tuition fees document on our figure out finances page.

Postgraduate loans

The Government will provide a loan of up to £10,609 per student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.

For full details visit our postgraduate loans page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

How to apply