Programme Specification for the 2014/5 academic year

LLM Master of Laws

1. Programme Details

Programme nameLLM Master of Laws Programme codePTL1LAWLAW11
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2014/5
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date

09/2014

NQF Level7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

The LLM at Exeter offers an exciting opportunity to study a range of legal topics in depth, taught by the leading academics in their fields. You may study four taught modules worth 30 credits each, and then write a dissertation worth 60 credits. There is a wide range of modules, covering the most important areas of law, and you may study any four in order to obtain a general LLM. In addition, the modules are grouped into specific areas of study, and by taking at least three modules from any one group you may obtain an LLM in any one of the following pathways: Intellectual Property Law; Maritime Law; International Commercial Law; European Law; and Human Rights Law.  The dissertation can be in any area of law of your choosing, although if you seek to obtain one of the specific LLM pathways listed above, the dissertation must be related to the relevant area of study.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To provide you with a thorough knowledge of key issues arising in your field of study across national and jurisdictional borders.
2. To enable you to extend, both in level and in substance, your undergraduate legal knowledge so that it includes transnational and international material and to apply this in a transnational context.
3. To enable you to identify, locate and critically appraise legal materials from a multi-jurisdictional perspective and connect these to problems arising in your chosen field of study.
4. To enable you 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 you to apply principles and legal rules in the chosen field of study to solve and analyse practical problems in an international context
6. To encourage you to reason logically, supporting the process with authority.
7. To provide you with the necessary intellectual and practical legal skills, such as analysis, problem-solving and legal reasoning, to enable you independently to achieve an understanding of any branch of your chosen field of study even if you have not previously studied it.
8. To provide you with the opportunity to enhance and develop your writing skills by completing a dissertation, and your oral skills by presenting seminar papers.
9. To prepare you for employment in private practice, corporate or public employment by developing your transferable and problem-based learning skills.

4. Programme Structure

Your LLM programme is a 1 year programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme is divided into 1 ‘Stage’. Each Stage is normally equivalent to an academic year.  The programme is also divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

Programme and Module Structure

The LLM is delivered over three terms and is University-based throughout this time. The taught components of the degree are delivered over the first and second terms leaving the third term and most of the summer to research, write and submit your dissertation. During the programme you will be required to study taught modules totalling 120 credits and complete a 60 credit Dissertation Module.

120 Credits taken from a pool of 30 Credit Optional Modules

You may choose any four 30 credit modules, two in each of the first and second terms. It is also possible for you to obtain an LLM in Intellectual Property Law; Maritime Law; International Commercial Law; European Law; and Human Rights Law by choosing at least three modules from designated groups of modules. The final module may be another Law module, or it may be any 30 credit module available within SSIS or beyond, with the approval of the Programme Director.

To qualify for a general LLM, you must take four 30 credit modules (at least three of which must be LLM modules but one can be taken from a discipline outside of Law) and write a dissertation worth 60 credits. To qualify for a badged LLM, you must take at least three 30 credit designated modules plus another module, which can be from the LLM general list or from another discipline outside of Law, and the dissertation must be linked to the area of study.

Plus 60 Credit Dissertation Module (LAWM640) (to qualify for a badged LLM the Dissertation must be linked to chosen pathway (Intellectual Property Law; Maritime Law; International Commercial Law; European Law; and Human Rights Law.)

Under exceptional circumstances you may exit this programme with an Interim Award - either a Postgraduate Certificate in Law (90 Credits) or a Postgraduate Diploma in Law (120 credits).

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.

http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/law/postgraduate/modules/

You may take Elective Modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme 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. The fourth character of any module signifies its NQF level, according to the following scheme:

Fourth Character of Module CodeNQF Level
1 4
2 5
3 6
M 7

Stage 1


Compulsory Modules

To qualify for a badged LLM the Dissertation must be linked to chosen pathway (Intellectual Property Law; Maritime
Law; International Commercial Law; European Law; and Human Rights Law.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAWM640 Dissertation 60No

Optional Modules

To qualify for a general LLM, you must take four 30 credit modules (at least three of which must be LLM modules but one can be taken from a discipline outside of Law ) and write a dissertation worth 60 credits. To qualify for a badged LLM, you must take at least three 30 credit designated modules plus another module, which can be from the LLM general list or  from another discipline outside of Law, and the dissertation must be linked to the area of study.

 

The list of LLM optional modules is available at the following webpage: http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/law/postgraduate/modules/

All modules fit into the general category. The LLM pathways are: European Law (E): Human Rights Law (HR); International Commercial Law (C); Intellectual Property Law (IP); and Maritime Law (M). The module list will indicate which modules fit into these categories. All modules are 30 Credit modules and are condonable.

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 understanding of key elements of English, EU and international law.
2. Follow and understand current developments in English, EU and international law.
3. Know and practise the principles and techniques of advanced and autonomous research.
4. Apply the principles of law and legal rules to solve and analyse practical problems in an international context.
5. Understand and explain the interaction between different subject areas in English, European and international law.
6. Understand some of the relevant social, economic, political, historical, philosophical, ethical and cultural contexts within which the law operates.

Seminars, library tuition, essays, dissertation.

The assessment of each 30 credit module is a matter for the module leader, and may be by essay, examination or combination of both. It is anticipated that most modules will be assessed by essay, but individual module leaders may take a different approach. The assessments are designed to take account of each of the ILOs.

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, retrieve and evaluate legal and other information in paper, electronic and on-line form.
8. Apply national and supra-national legal knowledge to a practical situation of limited complexity and draw reasoned and arguable conclusions from it.
9. Synthesise information from a number of primary and secondary legal and other sources; appreciate its relative value; 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 English, EU and international law relevant to the chosen field of study.
11. Make a critical judgement of the merits of particular arguments and make a reasoned choice between alternative solutions or arguments.
12. Conduct autonomous research.
13. Develop as independent, autonomous and reflective individuals and continue your development in your professional career

Seminar papers: presentations: essays: word processing and other IT.

Coursework and presentation (formative assessment): assessed essays and dissertation, providing evidence in writing of your skills, knowledge and capacity to evaluate critically and independently.

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 one's own learning by planning and managing tasks with limited guidance.
16. Identify one's resources and abilities, and seek and use feedback.
17. Perform assigned academic tasks and co-ordinate them with other students'.
18. Communicate effectively to others in seminars.
19. Use some electronic information management tools, such as word processing, email, the internet and other electronic retrieval tools.
20. Utilise problem-solving skills in theoretical or practical contexts.
21. Work in a group.
22. Work independently.
23. Communicate clear and reasoned arguments in both oral and written form.
24. Evaluate and assess your abilities, and where necessary to seek advice and feedback.
25. To use some electronic information management tools, such as word processing, email, the internet and some other electronic information retrieval systems.
26. Be aware of key career opportunities and the need for forward planning
27. Solve practical problems.

Transferable skills, particularly word processing and other IT skills, are developed in seminars. Additional teaching in research methodology is provided for in the context of the dissertation.

A distinctive feature of the programme is its emphasis on research-based assessment methods (essays and dissertations). The programme involves participants in both independent study and group work in the form of seminar discussions and presentations. As the students originate from widely disparate jurisdictions, you will learn in a comparative perspective.

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.

Progression

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.

Classification

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 to this programme.

18. Final Award

LLM Master of Laws

19. UCAS Code

C02X

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

180

ECTS credits

90

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Law

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/04/2014

Date of last revision