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Programme Specification for the 2019/0 academic year

LLM LLM in Law (HKUST)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameLLM LLM in Law (HKUST) Programme codePTL2LAWLAW06
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2019/0
Campus(es) Programme start date
NQF Level7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

The HKUST LLM pathway is specifically for delivery with the Dual Award offered by Exeter University and HKUST. This programme is not available for direct entry or offered by any route other than the Exeter/KHKUST partnership. Students from HKUST will arrive in Exeter during their four

The Exeter LLM is a substantive, rigorous, and genuinely flexible programme of postgraduate study designed for the most ambitious and capable students. Delivered by some of the biggest names in legal research, our LLM allows you to create a bespoke programme of learning addressing your specific academic and professional needs, readying you to fulfil your career ambitions or for doctoral study.

The Law faculty is able to teach and supervise an extensive range of international subjects, with particular specialities inspired by our renowned research in the areas of Commercial Law, Public Law, Human Rights Law, and Family Law.

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 identify, locate and critically appraise legal materials from a multi-jurisdictional perspective and connect these to problems arising in your chosen field of study.

3              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

4              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.

5              To enable you to assimilate extensive documentary legal and non-legal materials; to extract from them the material points, and to make judgements autonomously as to their relevance.

6              To teach you how to reason logically, supporting the process with legal authority, academic commentary and by reference to other relevant materials.

7              To provide you with a comprehensive and integrated legal education through study on individual modules and through the complementary interaction of modules across the programme.

8              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.

9              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.

10           To prepare you for employment in private practice, corporate or public employment by developing your transferable and problem-based learning skills.

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.

Contract Law  (30 credits) will be completed during student’s second year at HKUST and prior to their arrival in Exeter.

Legal Foundations (pass/fail basis and not for credit) will be completed via distance learning during student’s third year at HKUST and prior to their arrival in Exeter. Students will be required to pass this module in order to be able to continue with the programme.

Students will arrive in Exeter during their fourth year of study of the Exeter-HKUST dual degree in Engineering and Law and will stay for two years.

Year 1 at Exeter (Year 4 of HKUST Dual Degree programme) – 90 Credits of Law

Year 2 at Exeter (Year 5 of KHUST Dual Degree programme) – 180 Credits of Law – LLM

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 .)

Stage 1


Prior to arrival in Exeter you will take:

Law of Contract and Legal Foundations (pass/fail basis and not for credit)

You will take 3 compulsory modules (90 credits): LAW3003 Criminal Law. LAW3041 Trusts, LAW2017 Land Law

Law of Contract– this module introduces you to the fundamental rules, concepts and principles relating to the law of contract in England & Wales, including whether there is a binding contract; typical express and implied terms of a contract; performance and breach of contract; misrepresentation and remedies for breach of contract. This module to be taught in HK is students 2nd year of study.

Legal Foundations - The module will provide you with a broad and critical understanding of the structure and functions of the English legal system. You will explore the system and hierarchy of the courts within England and Wales. This module will run on a pass/fail basis but will not carry any credits and students will be required to pass the module in order to be able to continue with the programme.  This module to be delivered via distance learning and an online MCT in students 3rd year of study.

Stage 1 constitutes the 4th year of the Exeter/ HKUST programme.

Land Law– This module will introduce you to the fundamental rules, concepts and principles relating to land law in England & Wales.

Trusts Law– The module will introduce you to the main rules, concepts and principles of trusts law in England and Wales and introduce you to some of the principal forms of trusts in England and Wales

Criminal Law – this module provides an essential grounding in the criminal law of England and Wales, covering foundational concepts and principles, and introducing you to the law on the major criminal offences, such as murder, offences against the person and property offences

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAW2017B Land Law 30Yes
LAW3041B Trusts 30Yes
LAW3003B Criminal Law 30Yes
Total Credits for Stage 1

Stage 2


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 .) 

LAWM640 Dissertation 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.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAWM640 Dissertation 60Yes

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

Total Credits for Stage 2

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 LLM in Law (HKUST)

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

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

30/09/2016

Date of last revision

30/09/2016