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Law and Policy (Applied) MSc

The MSc Law and Policy (Applied) is an excellent opportunity for non-law graduates to study law at postgraduate level and to gain legal knowledge and transferable skills which will benefit you in the workplace and/or further study.


Course overview

You gain a grounding in key legal principles which will be applicable to you in your everyday live and future career. You develop recognised subject-specific knowledge and understanding, cognitive, intellectual, practical, professional and generic key skills and qualities.

The Applied route enables you to work directly with an organisation, applying and demonstrating the knowledge and skills you have learned during the first stage of your course. You engage and share ideas and experiences with a body of students from a wide range of levels and backgrounds through the shared teaching across this course. This qualification does not provide qualifying/ exempting status for professional body purposes.

Top reasons to study this course

> Study this course and you may be eligible for a £2,500 Sir Keith Skeoch postgraduate scholarship.
> You will be a valued member of our law community – fully supported and encouraged to succeed on the course, and beyond. We know our students and they know us.
> Your skillset is transferable and highly valued by a range of employers.
> Your cohort will come from a range of backgrounds and you learn in an inclusive, diverse and supportive environment, which will enrich your learning experience.
> Your experienced and knowledgeable course team are research active and many are highly regarded researchers within their field.
> Our well-established links with the legal and other professions across the region and beyond creates opportunities for work experience, placements and permanent employment.

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Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Applied Practice (Law)

This module allows you to demonstrate learning and gain experience in the workplace. You secure your own work experience with the support of the course team and identify and apply learning directly to a specific work-related project.

Company Law

This module examines the law relating to public and private limited companies. It defines the legal framework, both statutory and common law, within which companies operate. You will learn to assess the conduct of a company, its members and directors, and the legal obligations. You will consider the law relating to all the main aspects of its operation - from forming a company to winding it up.

Constitutional Principles

You concentrate on the structure and functions of the state and the interaction between the organs of state. In particular, the way in which power is exercised by parliament and the government is considered.


The dissertation is the culmination of the MSc programme – an opportunity for you to apply your knowledge and research skills to a specific area of interest.

Employment and Labour Law

You are introduced to the statutory provisions and common law principles that govern the regulation of the employment relationship. You study the contract of employment and a number of statutory employment rights (including, most notably, unfair dismissal).

At the individual level you examine discrimination in terms of sex, disability and equal pay. At the collective level, you consider collective bargaining, trade union law and industrial conflict.

International Trade Law Principles

You focus on the legality and politics related to trading and examine the evolution of the law that governs international trade, as a means of providing a backdrop or context to the study of the present regime of rules that govern international trade activity at the multilateral level. You also examine and understand the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Agreements and how they relate to the achievement of a balanced framework that can support an international trading system with extremely diverse membership. Consider the philosophies and theories that influence the international trade and production discussion, and match the theories in relation to the WTO Agreements and how they are interpreted by the WTO dispute settlement panels and appellate bodies. The Agreements will be examined individually and consideration is placed on why and how such agreements relate to the growing concern for social issues (for example public health, environmental and labour standards) through the WTO

Legal Research Skills

This module has the dual role of developing and consolidating your legal research skills to master’s level and possible publication or future academic study, as well as introducing and highlighting current complex legal issues, initiating discussion and critical analysis.

State Powers and Individual Rights

You consider the relationship between the state and individuals, and examine the Human Rights Act 1998 and the growing significance of European Convention rights for the UK citizen. This is a crucial area of legal study which provides important foundations for the understanding of other areas of law.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

Prior to the start of the taught modules, you will be provided with pre-course reading on the English legal system and will receive some taught input in the induction period on the English legal system and legal research skills.

The course will be delivered by the law team comprising academics and legal practitioners. Some sessions will be led by external speakers. Lectures will take place on all modules and you will also take part in smaller, interactive seminar group sessions. You will share some taught sessions with students on other courses.

The Applied Practice enables you to demonstrate learning and gain experience in the workplace. You identify and apply learning directly from your work experience placement to a specific work-related project.

How you are assessed

Assessments include conventional essays, presentations, reflections and a dissertation. You will receive both formative and summative feedback on your work.


Entry requirements

Standard University entry requirements apply.

Minimum 2.2 honours degree or equivalent qualification or equivalent experience.

English language proficiency as set by Teesside University for standard entry to postgraduate programmes, currently IELTS 6.0 (no band less than 5.5) or equivalent. International applicants should also look at the international entry links.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

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Career opportunities

This masters level qualification is aimed at anyone looking to gain a grounding in areas of law and policy relevant to your career aspirations. You would be able to evidence knowledge and skills in areas relating to international trade, corporate and employment law as well as transferable skills relating to presentation, research and reflection. This qualification will provide graduates with a postgraduate UK law qualification thus facilitating the possibility of entry to further postgraduate study in law.


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2024/25 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£4,325 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£10,000 a year

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