Employment Law and Practice LLM

1. Overview

Our LLM Employment Law and Practice degree provides in-depth, current knowledge and skills in employment and labour law.

The course is focused on equipping you with the necessary skills and knowledge to be effective, highly functioning employment law specialists. The course content is designed to give you an in-depth view of relevant employment law, within the UK perspective, and develop your core legal and professional skills. It is the only UK Employment Law LLM to give students an optional ADR stream.  The Law School has been rated amongst the top providers of legal education in the UK by The Guardian University Tables.

The course is delivered fully online (except for one optional module, which requires attendance at an on campus workshop), and can be studied either full-time or on a part-time basis. Read the what you will study section below for further details and course structures. 

You can find out more information about the course in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

2. What you will study

If you are new to studying law, the Legal Framework module is there to help you learn key legal concepts and structures necessary for understanding and applying employment law. This allows those without a recent LLB to be in a position to tackle the more advanced employment law modules later in the course. At the same time, those who have a recent law degree, or who are legal practitioners, will benefit from the choice to refresh their memory, by taking this module, or take another optional mediation module.

The course structure allows not only for flexibility in when, during a week, you study but also what you actually study, with the taking of up to three optional modules, thereby allowing you to tailor the course to your interests and needs.

The course starts in September each year but students can also choose to join the course in January. Students that start in January simply slot into the course at the start of Semester 2. While it is preferable to start in September and complete the Legal Framework and Employment Contracts & Rights modules first, the modules are all able to be taken on a standalone basis; there is no prerequisite to take these modules before any others.

Full-time Course Structure LLM Employment Law and Practice (PDF 451KB)

Part-time Course Structure LLM Employment Law and Practice (PDF 450KB) 

January Start Course Structure FT & PT LLM Employment Law and Practice (PDF 274KB)

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course disclaimer for more information.

3. How you will learn

The course is taught fully online by dedicated employment law experts through CampusMoodle the University's virtual learning environment (VLE). There is no requirement to personally attend the university at any point during the course. CampusMoodle is an interactive and supportive VLE allowing you to study at the time and place that suits you.

Online learning is learner centred, enabling the student to take responsibility for their own learning through both individual study and active participation in the group learning activities. You will have the opportunity to interact with tutors and fellow students from around the world.

For each topic covered, detailed written materials and suggested reading are available and downloadable on CampusMoodle. Online tutorials, feedback and group discussion groups are a key part of the learning experience, alongside dedicated tutor guidance.

Online Distance Learning

Our supported distance learning mode of delivery allows you to study online from any location and is designed to fit in around your work commitments. You will be taught and supported by experienced industry professionals who will recreate the same challenging interactive format of the on-campus courses for those studying at a distance.

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers students flexibility of where and when they can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. Students have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides students with lectures and course materials and it also includes:

  • Virtual tutorials
  • Live chat
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • User friendly material
  • Access to our online library

As online learners, students are part of a 'virtual cohort' and the communication and interaction amongst members of the cohort is a significant aspect of the learning process.

Details on the distance learning are also available from our Distance Learning Guide.

4. Entry Requirements

For entry, applicants would normally have one of the following:

  • A graduate with a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in Law, Business or Human Resource Management.
  • A professional qualification in relevant subject discipline.
  • Applicants with relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Those that are legally qualified have a slightly different Course content than those who are not. Legally qualified normally means those who are practising solicitors, advocates or barristers or have completed an LLB in the last 5 years. Those who have completed a British LLM or a Law BA may also be considered as legally qualified depending on the content of that course. This determination is within the discretion of the Course Leader.

English Language

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

5. Student Funding

Scholarships & Funding

Scholarships and funding are available to eligible students at Robert Gordon University, further information via our scholarship pages.

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU, further information available via the Alumni page.

6. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2018/2019

All Students

Distance Learning Full-time

  • £9,100 entire course

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,190 Stage 1
  • £3,190 Stage 2
  • £2,120 Stage 3

For Academic Year 2017/2018

All Students

Distance Learning Full-time

  • £8,820 entire course

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,310 Stage 1
  • £3,310 Stage 2
  • £2,200 Stage 3

For Academic Year 2016/2017

All Students

Distance Learning Full-time

  • £8,400 entire course

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,150 Stage 1
  • £3,150 Stage 2
  • £2,100 Stage 3

For Academic Year 2015/2016

All Students

Distance Learning Full-time

  • £7,200 entire course

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £2,900 Stage 1
  • £2,900 Stage 2
  • £1,400 Stage 3

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students

Distance Learning Full-time

  • £7,200 entire course

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £2,900 Stage 1
  • £2,900 Stage 2
  • £1,400 Stage 3

For Academic Year 2013/2014

All Students

Distance Learning Full-time

  • £9,090 entire course

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,410 Stage 1
  • £3,410 Stage 2
  • £2,270 Stage 3

For Academic Year 2012/2013

All Students

Distance Learning Full-time

  • £8,760 entire course

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,284 Stage 1
  • £3,284 Stage 2
  • £2,192 Stage 3

For Academic Year 2011/2012

All Students

  • £3,204 Stage 1
  • £3,204 Stage 2
  • £2,136 LLM Dissertation Stage
  • £8,544 entire course full-time DL


Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


7. How to apply

Information for Postgraduate Applicants

Terms and Conditions of Admissions

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

8. Prospects

A Masters qualification is key to career advancement and professional confidence and is a highly regarded asset in any professional or academic sector. This course will enhance your knowledge and ability, professional standing and employability within the employment law field.

Our graduates are employed worldwide in all sectors - oil and gas, industrial, governmental; in private companies, in the legal professions and are also self-employed.

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Start Date

January & September

Course Length

Online - 1 year (full-time)
or 3 years (part-time)

Mode of Attendance


Academic School
The Law School
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Employment Law & CPD Information

Case Study

  1. Lee-Anne Stewart

    "I am so pleased I chose to do the course and enjoyed the whole experience from start to finish.  I would highly recommend to those looking for a qualification and solid grounding in Employment Law."

    Read Lee-Anne's full case study.

    Lee-Anne Stewart Employment Law and Practice LLM

Postgraduate Guide