Anyone working or involved in a commercial enterprise will be well aware of the increasing demands placed upon business as a result of a myriad of legal obligations and regulatory controls governing all aspects of business activity. Understanding how the law operates within the commercial context is essential for any successful business whether it be a small enterprise providing local services to a multinational company trading throughout the world. The impact of increased legislation in the fields of employment law and environmental law, the complex rules governing intellectual property rights, and the rules governing international trade finance law are just some of the challenges facing business today.
In recognition of these demands the School of Law has developed a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Law, designed specifically to meet the needs of members of the business community who are interested in developing their understanding of the law that affects their business activity.
Year 1 Modules
LA0171 Construction Law (OPTION, 20 Credits)
LA0173 Intellectual Property (OPTION, 20 Credits)
LA0175 The Law of International Trade (OPTION, 20 Credits)
LA0183 Employment Law (OPTION, 20 Credits)
LA0190 Competition Law (OPTION, 20 Credits)
LA0191 Company Law and Insolvency (OPTION, 20 Credits)
LA0194 The Free Movement of Goods and Persons (OPTION, 20 Credits)
LA0210 Environmental Law (OPTION, 20 Credits)
LA0249 Carriage of Goods by Sea (OPTION, 20 Credits)
LA0250 E-Commerce Law (DL) (OPTION, 20 Credits)
LA0251 International Disputes Resolution (OPTION, 20 Credits)
LA0253 International Sale Contracts (OPTION, 20 Credits)
LA0263 Commercial Contracts (OPTION, 20 Credits)
LA0281 International Trade Finance Law (OPTION, 20 Credits)
LA0282 Marine Insurance (OPTION, 20 Credits)
LA0285 World Trade Organisation Law [DL] (OPTION, 20 Credits)
LA0307 Legal Research in Commercial Law (OPTION, 20 Credits)
COURSEWORK AND ASSESSMENT
All three modules are primarily assessed by means of written assignment requiring students to demonstrate application and critical analysis of the law. Each module is weighted as 20 credit points. Entry onto the modules takes place in February and September each year. Students are normally expected to do the first two modules in their first semester of entry (February-August or September-February) and the remaining module in the following semester. Some of the modules also require students to contribute to online discussions or workshops. There are no exams. Students are required to pass all their module assessments.
This programme was designed with the needs of busy entrepreneurs and employed persons in mind. It enables students to obtain a postgraduate qualification with direct relevance to their careers, containing a practical focus worth the flexibility of distance learning.
Students are mostly self-funding.
Optional study days are available and provide an opportunity to meet subject tutors and fellow students, hear guest speakers and lectures and to engage in practical exercises. Experience has shown that the value of these study days is enhanced by the participation of professionals with diverse backgrounds and differing viewpoints.
Applicants should complete a standard university application form available from the enquiries office listed on the right of this page.