Learning and assessment
All activities are digitally enabled. This includes access to materials, textbook(s), and discussion boards.
This is complemented by synchronous online tutorials with the tutor(s).
Summative assessments will be submitted digitally and there will be plenty of formative assessments, and self and peer assessments to help you prepare.
A range of assessment methods is adopted across different modules such as critical essays, short reports, oral presentations, reflective journals, and poster presentations.
The programme also provides opportunities for students to be involved in the design of their own assessment or to contextualise their answers to summative assessment tasks in some modules.
You will be allocated a personal tutor - someone with whom you will be able to talk about any academic or personal concerns. Staff responsible for the administration of the LLM are available to help you with day-to-day queries about the programme.
We are a small, dedicated and friendly Law School, allowing our academic and support staff to get to know students personally, and offer individual support and teaching. We make sure that your time with us is as rewarding as possible, and do everything we can to help you reach your potential.
The Law Library has dedicated support from our Law Librarian, who will be able to provide you with guidance on the use of legal databases, OSCOLA referencing or finding a book in the library.
As well as offering access to key textbooks and other materials in hard copy, the law library also subscribes to three of the key legal databases:
- Lexis Library
- Hein Online
You'll therefore have 24 hour electronic access, on and off campus, to the majority of material you require to successfully complete your programme. Where tutors require you to read material which is not as readily available, it will be made available to you though the Virtual LEarning Environment. You are encouraged to also consult other collections as there is interesting and useful material on all of the topics studied available from a variety of disciplines, and you will therefore be introduced to the library as a whole rather than just specific collections as part of this programme.
The Library includes self-issue and self-return facilities, photocopiers and printers, areas for silent study and social learning, and wireless access throughout the building. There is an information desk, a special computer laptop bar, and areas for social learning. The building incorporates full disability access. LLM students also have access to social spaces including Postgraduate Common Room.
All modules are taught by experienced academics with considerable research and practical expertise in the issues you will study from various jurisdictions.
At the end of your LLM you will be taking a dissertation module, using a range of research methods and research design in order to complete a substantial research project. The dissertation enables you to develop a firm understanding of advanced scholarship and research principles, and of how the boundaries of knowledge are extended through academic research.
Through your dissertation you will also learn how to critically assess and examine primary and/or secondary data, and develop an in-depth understanding of your chosen topic.