Programme Specification for the 2013/4 academic year

LLM LLM European Law

1. Programme Details

Programme nameLLM LLM European Law Programme codePTL1LAWLAW05
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2013/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date


NQF Level7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To provide students with a thorough knowledge of key legal issues of European Union law.
2. To enable students to extend, both in level and substance, their undergraduate (legal) knowledge and understanding by offering a selection of modules appropriate to a career in private practice, corporate or public employment with a large EU law component.
3. To enable students to identify, locate and critically appraise legal materials from a multi-jurisdictional perspective and connect these to the harmonisation of these national systems by EU law.
4. To enable students to assimilate extensive documentary legal and non-legal materials; to extract from them the material points, and to make judgments autonomously as to their relevance.
5. To enable a student to apply the principles and legal rules of EU law to solve and analyse practical problems in an international context
6. To encourage students to reason logically, supporting the process with authority.
7. To provide students with the necessary intellectual and practical legal skills, such as analysis, problem-solving and legal reasoning, to enable them independently to achieve an understanding of any branch of European law even if they had not previously studied it.
8. To provide students with the opportunity to enhance and develop their writing skills by completing a dissertation, and their oral skills by presenting seminar papers.
9. To prepare students for employment in private practice, corporate or public employment with a large EU law component by developing their transferable and problem-based learning skills.

The principal aim of the programme is to enable students to build on their undergraduate qualifications in (European) law, which largely focuses on a single jurisdictional background. This program adds the dimension of a transnational (multi-jurisdictional) integration of knowledge, skills and critical evaluation of European Union law. The program intends:

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

You may take option modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site.

The LLM European Law is available for study 12 months full-time over three terms and is University-based throughout this time. The taught components of the programme are delivered in the first two terms; you then have a four-month period in which to complete your dissertation. The final stages of your dissertation, betweeen the end of the third term and the submission date in September, may be undertaken at a distance.

During the programme you will study 180 credits, comprised of a number of optional modules plus a dissertation.

Stage 1

Compulsory Modules


CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAWM640 Dissertation 60Yes

Optional Modules

You will choose a number of either 30 or 15 credit optional modules, to a total of 120 credits, from a regularly updated selection. Recent modules are shown below.


CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Law - Post Graduate recommended modules
LAWM008 European Convention On Human Rights 15 No
LAWM035 European Legal Theories II 15 No
LAWM042 Finance and Investment Law 15 No
LAWM043 International Banking Law 15 No
LAWM048 International Security Regulations 15 No
LAWM049 Foundations in Law and Critique 15 No
LAWM050 The International Law of Armed Conflict 15 No
LAWM053 Corporate Social Responsibility, Globalisation and Law 15 No
LAWM054 Forensic Linguistics 15 No
LAWM056 Land Law and the Political 15 No
LAWM058 Censorship, Markets and Human Rights 15 No
LAWM059 EU Company Law 15 No
LAWM060 International Criminal Law - Institutions 15 No
LAWM061 International Criminal Law - Crimes and Criminal Responsibility 15 No
LAWM067 Carriage of Goods by Sea 30 No
LAWM069 Consumer Protection 15 No
LAWM071 International Securities and Finance 15 No
LAWM073 World Trade Law 15 No
LAWM074 Company Law 30 No
LAWM075 Copyright Law 30 No
LAWM076 Corporate Insolvency Law 30 No
LAWM078 Environmental Law and Policy 30 No
LAWM079 Marine Insurance 30 No
LAWM080 International Banking Law 30 No
LAWM081 International Investment Law and Arbitration 30 No
LAWM083 Competition Law 15 No
LAWM084 International Commercial Arbitration 30 No
LAWM610 Transnational Commercial Law 30 No
LAWM618A Comparative Comm Conflict of Laws 15 No
LAWM631 Human Rights and International Business Policy (MRes in Socio-Legal Research programme) 15 No
LAWM635 Immigrants and Refugees in EU 15 No
LAWM645 EC Consumer Protection 15 No
LAWM648 European Constitutionalism 15 No
LAWM649 European Private Law 15 No
LAWM663 European Comparative Law 15 No
LAWM666A EC Internal Market Law 15 No
LAWM668 International Intellectual Property Law 15 No
LAWM669 Transnational Corporate Governance 15 No
LAWM671 International Human Rights Law 30 No
LAWM672 International Refugee Law 15 No
LAWM673A Copyright Law and Policy 15 No
LAWM684 International Humanitarian Law 15 No
LAWM686 Approaches to Research in Law 15 No
LAWM687 Socio-Legal Research Skills 30 No
LAWM689 The Family, Law and Social Change 15 No
LAWM692 Principles of International Trade 15 No
LAWM696 Patent Law and Policy 15 No
LAWM703 International Criminal Law in Practice-The Hague Trip 15 No
LAWM704 Human Rights and the United Nations-Study Trip 15 No
LAWM708 European Law in Practice: Visit to Brussels 15 No
LAWM709 Company Law 15 No
LAWM710 Corporate Insolvency Law 15 No
Total Credits for Stage 1


6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. demonstrate a thorough knowledge and a critical understanding of key elements of European Union law.
2. follow and understand current developments in European Union law.
3. know and practice the principles and techniques of advanced and virtually autonomous legal research.
4. apply the principles of law and legal rules to solve and analyse practical problems in a European Union context.
5. understand and explain the interaction between different subject areas of, particularly, European Community law as well as the interaction between the national and European levels.
6. have an understanding of some of the relevant social, economic, political and cultural

The method of teaching is by small seminar groups. You will be expected to prepare papers in advance on a given topic which you will then present at the following seminar, under the guidance of the appropriate module supervisor.

Assessment is through essays and exams. Thirty credit modules will be assessed by essay and exam; 15-credit modules will be assessed by essayor exam. Full details of assessment criteria for each module can be found on the Law School website.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

7. identify, locate and retrieve legal materials at both domestic and supra-national level in paper, electronic and on-line form.
8. apply national and supra-national legal knowledge to a practical situation of limited complexity and to draw reasoned and arguable conclusions from it, supported by legal authority and sound and logical argument.
9. synthesise information from a number of primary and secondary legal and other sources; appreciate their relative value; and separate the relevant from the peripheral; understand the interaction between 2 or 3 levels of regulation;
10. analyse, evaluate and interpret the principal source materials of EU and, where appropriate, of relevant national law (usually from a comparative perspective).
11. make a critical judgement of the merits of particular arguments and make a reasoned choice between alternative solutions or arguments.
12. work independently in planning and undertaking assignments.
13. research the law independently.

As above.

As above.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

14. manage time effectively and prioritise tasks by working to strict deadlines.
15. take responsibility for his or her own learning by planning and managing tasks with limited guidance; identifying their own resources and seeking and making use of feedback.
16. perform assigned academic tasks and coordinate them with other students'.
17. communicate effectively to others when participating in seminar discussions.
18. evaluate and assess his or her own abilities, performance and understanding, to reflect on his or her own learning and to seek advice and feedback
19. use some electronic information management tools, such as word processing, email, the WWW and some other electronic information retrieval systems.
20. utilise problem-solving skills in theoretical or practical contexts.
21. be aware of key career opportunities and the need for forward planning.

As above.

As above.

7. Programme Regulations

University Regulations on the number of credits to be taken and at what level for each stage of the programme can be found in the Credit and Qualifications Framework.


Condonement is the process that allows you to be awarded credit (and so progress to the next stage or, in the final stage, receive an award), despite failing to achieve a pass mark at a first attempt. You are not entitled to reassessment in condoned credit. Regulations on condonement can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

Assessment and Awards

For undergraduate degrees assessment at stage one does not contribute to the summative classification of the award. Details of the weightings for each year of all programme lengths can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.


Full details of assessment regulations for undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes and the classification of awards can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

You can also read details of Generic Marking Criteria.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic Tutoring

It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you with individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support fo the duration of your programme, and this support extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

Information on the College Personal Tutoring system, library provision, ELE resources and access to College support services can be found on the College webpages for current students.

Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC)

SSLCs enable students and staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Learning Resources

The University Library maintains its principal collections in the main library buildings on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, together with a number of specialist collections in certain Colleges. The total Library collection comprises over a million volumes and 3000 current periodical subscriptions.

IT Services

A wide range of IT services are provided throughout the Exeter campuses, including open-access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Helpdesks are maintained on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, while most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

Student Support Services

The University provides many support services including health and wellbeing, multifaith chaplaincy, family support, the Students' Guild and international student support.

10. Admissions Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates for undergraduate programmes must satisfy the undergraduate admissions requirements of the University of Exeter.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data to review the quality of education provision. The College documents the performance in each of its tuaght programmes, against a range of criteria on an annual basis through the Annual Student Experience Review (ASER).

Subject areas are reviewed every five years through a College Academic Audit scheme that includes external contributions.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Social Sciences and International Studies (CSSIS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

Not applicable

18. Final Award

LLM LLM European Law

19. UCAS Code


20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits


ECTS credits


22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date


Date of last revision