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Programme structure: Socio-Legal Studies (MSc) - what's running in 2017/18

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Unit name Unit code Credit points Status Teaching Block
Dissertation LAWDM1001 60 Mandatory AYEAR
Social and Legal Theory LAWDM0083 20 Mandatory TB-4
Advanced Legal and Socio-Legal Research Methods LAWDM0084 20 Mandatory TB-4
Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences SOCIM0011 20 Mandatory TB-1,TB-2
Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences SOCIM0012 20 Mandatory TB-1
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences SOCIM0013 20 Mandatory TB-1
Students take optional units up to a value of 30 credit points.
There is considerable flexibility within the MSc programme as to the units which are available to students. Students can take optional units in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, the School for Policy Studies and the Law School. The Law School units are listed below:
Carriage of Goods LAWDM0006 30 Optional TB-4
Company Law LAWDM0008 30 Optional TB-4
Environmental Law LAWDM0013 30 Optional TB-4
Regulation of Financial Markets and Institutions LAWDM0017 30 Optional TB-4
Individual Employment Rights LAWDM0021 30 Optional TB-4
Intellectual Property LAWDM0022 30 Optional TB-4
General Principles of International Law LAWDM0026 30 Optional TB-4
Law Gender and Sexuality LAWDM0033 30 Optional TB-4
Public Law LAWDM0059 30 Optional TB-4
Law of Contract LAWDM0061 30 Optional TB-4
Law of Tort LAWDM0062 30 Optional TB-4
Corporate Governance in the United Kingdom and United States LAWDM0069 30 Optional TB-4
Information Technology Law LAWDM0070 30 Optional TB-4
Criminal Law and Criminal Justice LAWDM0086 30 Optional TB-4
Constitutional and Substantive EU Law LAWDM0088 30 Optional TB-4
Supervised Individual Study (Socio-legal Studies) LAWDM0109 20 Optional TB-4
International Law and the Use of Force LAWDM0111 30 Optional TB-4
Migration Law and Policy - International, European, and Human Rights Dimensions LAWDM0112 30 Optional TB-4
World Trade Law LAWDM0115 30 Optional TB-4
International Corporate Finance LAWDM0116 30 Optional TB-4
Global Perspectives on Corporate Governance LAWDM0117 30 Optional TB-4
Insolvency Law LAWDM0118 30 Optional TB-4
European Human Rights Law LAWDM0120 30 Optional TB-4
International Law and Human Rights LAWDM0123 30 Optional TB-4
The Law and Policy of Mergers and Acquisitions LAWDM0125 30 Optional TB-4
Maritime Security LAWDM0126 30 Optional TB-4
International Criminal Law LAWDM0129 30 Optional TB-4
Health Inequalities, Law, and Society LAWDM0130 30 Optional TB-4
Public and Global Health Law LAWDM0131 30 Optional TB-4
Law and Governance for Mental and Social Well-Being LAWDM0132 30 Optional TB-4
Health Law and the Body LAWDM0133 30 Optional TB-4
Law, Governance and Health LAWDM0134 30 Optional TB-4
African Human Rights System LAWDM0135 30 Optional TB-4
International Law of Labour and Social Rights LAWDM0136 30 Optional TB-4
International Commercial Litigation LAWDM1004 30 Optional TB-4
International Commercial Arbitration LAWDM1005 30 Optional TB-4
Choose open units OPEN 30 Optional
MSc Socio-Legal Studies   190      

Progression/award requirements

The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

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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