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Social Care Law (LLM)

1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims:

To offer knowledge and expertise to contribute more profound understanding and insight into your professional or independent practice through the development of intellectual competence and postgraduate skills.

Course Description:

Community care law and the law relating to people with mental health problems affects virtually every person in the UK at some time in their lives. The law and policy in these areas underpin expenditure of over £30 billion per annum. It directs the employment of many hundreds of thousands of professionals and lay advocates in the statutory and independent sectors as well as affecting the lives of over 6 million carers. Despite the fundamental importance of the law in these fields, its study has been largely neglected by University Masters programmes. The LLM in Social Care Law addresses this omission by focusing on community care and mental health law, policy and practice in England and Wales.

The programme’s two core modules explore the origins of the law in both fields: the growth of the asylum and the development of the Poor Law. They critically analyse the current legal regimes and as well as the policy, research and theoretical socio-legal contexts in which these legal regimes exist.

Students must complete four modules (one assessment for each module comprising of a 5,000 word essay or examination) and a dissertation (not exceeding 15,000 words). Students must study two modules from the LLM Social Care Law programme. Their other two modules can be chosen from those listed in any other programme or from a combination of programmes, including modules offered by another School in the University. 

Depending on the programme and the particular module, teaching methods comprise a mix of lectures and seminars, individual and joint written and oral presentations and distance learning. All modules are supported by extensive IT provision available on campus. Modules are typically led by staff actively engaged in research relevant to their subject matter.

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Special Features:

Entry Requirements:

Suitable for graduates from any field who wish to study social care law – the law as it impacts on disabled, elderly and ill people in need of social care support – at an advanced level.

Applicants should have a good Honours degree in Law (2:2 or equivalent), although other appropriate qualifications will be considered.

In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other components, or an equivalent English language qualification.


Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time £6,500 £15,000
Part-time £3,250 £7,500
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Admissions Team LLM Social Care Law, Shipping Law, Human Rights Law and Law & Governance of the European Union  

Telephone: +44 (0)2920 876102 



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