LLM in Company Law and Corporate Governance

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Programme Description

Programme overview

This programme is designed to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of company law and corporate governance. You will research and analyse various aspects of law and regulation of both corporate activities and the relationships between business actors and their shareholders and stakeholders.

You will examine a wide range of issues that focus on the legal, regulatory, policy and practice responses to corporations' actions. Core theoretical debates will be explored alongside relevant international and national laws and the contexts in which they operate.

The programme consists of two parts. In the first part, you will select four units from a wide range of specialist options of relevance to corporations. These may include Global Perspectives on Corporate Governance and Corporate Governance in the UK and the US. Alternatively, you may find other options of interest, such as human rights law, labour law or international law.

In the second part of the programme, you will write a dissertation of 12,000 words on a subject of your choice under the supervision of our staff. This means that you will have assistance in crafting your research and writing by a company lawyer who is actively researching in the fields of company law or corporate governance.

Programme structure

You will take four units (120 credit points overall, 30 credit points each) and a compulsory dissertation (60 credit points). If three specialist LLM in Company Law and Corporate Governance units are chosen, you may also select one unit from any of our other LLM programmes.

Exit awards

All taught masters programmes unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to exit from the programme with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Degree classifications:

An award with Merit or Distinction is permitted for postgraduate taught masters, diplomas and certificates, where these are specifically named entry-level qualifications. An award with Merit or Distinction is not permitted for exit awards where students are required to exit the programme on academic grounds. An exit award with Merit or Distinction may be permitted where students are prevented by exceptional circumstances from completing the intended award.

The classification of the award in relation to the final programme mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction*: at least 65 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation. **Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

Award with Merit*: at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 60 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

*The MA in Law has separate regulations for awarding distinction and merit.
**For the award of Distinction, the Faculty of Engineering requires at least 70 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation.

Diploma/certificate stages:

All taught masters programmes unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to choose, or be required, to leave at the postgraduate diploma or certificate stage.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

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Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree in law (or international equivalent).

Exceptionally, we will also consider applicants who have:

  1. An upper second-class honours degree that included content relevant to the applicant's proposed field of study; or
  2. An upper second-class honours degree in any subject, along with relevant experience in a discipline closely related to the focus of this programme.

Applicants in either of these two exceptional cases must make a case explaining why their qualifications or experience fall into category (1) or (2) in their personal statement.

Recognised Prior Learning is currently not accepted. Previous or professional experience is not required.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:

Profile B

You need to achieve required levels of English to qualify for a place on your chosen course/programme.

Different courses/programmes need different levels of language skills. We refer to these skill levels as ‘profiles’. The profile for your chosen course/ programme is shown on the course/programme page.

The tests and levels you need to achieve to meet the requirements are on each profile page.

English language proficiency tests should have been obtained within two years of the start date of your programme/course.

Careers

A specialist qualification in company law and corporate governance can offer opportunities to work with the best solicitors’ firms in the country to practise as a barrister in leading commercial law chambers. It can also lead to careers in finance, management, the civil service and NGOs, campaigning on matters such as business, human rights, and even to international and European organisations.

Several of our LLM students have gone on to pursue research degrees and are now themselves prominent legal academics. We are happy to support you in pursuing a wide variety of careers.

Last updated Oct 2019

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