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Law, Policy and Practice MA

Course code

TBC

Start date

January

September

Subject area

Law

Mode of study

1 year full-time

2 years part-time

15 months full-time

27 months part-time

Fees

2020/21

UK / EU £10,440

International £17,355

Entry requirements

2:2

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Overview

The Brunel MA in Law, Policy and Practice is a unique interdisciplinary programme that focuses on key legal and regulatory developments from an international perspective.

This programme offers a detailed analysis of the theory, law, policy and practice in two contemporary and fast-growing areas: migration and ethics, governance and compliance. Both pathways have an emphasis on policy and practice, as applied in the specific areas to form two options of a coherent MA.

You can choose to study full-time (one year) or part-time (two years) and to begin your course either in September or January. 

The two pathways are:

Ethics, Governance and Compliance:

The Ethics, Governance and Compliance pathway is focused on international regulation and compliance from an interdisciplinary perspective. This is an innovative programme offering an overview of how modern markets operate – from the perspective of law and also finance, business, economics and management.  It provides an in-depth understanding of the challenges that modern businesses face, especially in the financial services sector. This pathway is designed to offer a combination of practical and theoretical knowledge, complemented by a unique set of skills that are essential for succeeding in an environment where compliance, ethics and good governance are becoming increasingly important.

Migration Law, Policy and Practice:

The Migration Law, Policy and Practice pathway is the first programme in the UK that offers multi-disciplinary, theoretical and practical insights into arguably the biggest challenge of our society today, namely migration. 

The programme will go beyond examining the relevant legal frameworks.  It will provide critical insights on policy and current practice related to migration and refugee rights. This pathway offers a unique opportunity for acquiring specialist cross-disciplinary knowledge from world-known experts and current leaders in the European migration response. You will learn about law and policy as well as acquiring invaluable practical experience and the opportunity to experience fieldwork. 

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

Your MA consists of a mixture of compulsory and optional modules and a 15,000 word dissertation on a legal topic of your choice. Full-time students should complete four modules per term, excluding the dissertation. Part-time students should complete two modules per term, excluding the dissertation.

Optional modules are indicative and are available subject to numbers.  Please see programme specification for the specific compulsory and optional module combination choices that are available for each pathway.

This course can be studied 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time, starting in September. Or this course can be studied 15 months full-time or 27 months part-time, starting in January.

Year 1

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Careers and your future

The Ethics, Governance and Compliance pathway is suitable for graduates who wish to obtain a competitive advantage in today’s sophisticated marketplace. You will have the skills to respond to the needs of modern markets and work in areas of Governance Risk and Compliance in the private commercial sector and non-governmental organisations, as well as government agencies.

Graduates from the Migration Law, Policy and Practice pathway will be able to pursue a career working in international civil society organisations, as well as in national policy making and implementing on migration and human rights protection. Law, policy and practice are intertwined and you will have all the essential knowledge and expertise to work in national, European and international institutions and organisations dealing with migration, including, but not limited to law firms, national and local governments, NGOs and charities.

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UK entry requirements

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in Law or a related subject (International Relations, Political Science, Criminology, and Criminal Justice).
  • Other related subjects and qualifications will be considered on an individual basis by the Postgraduate Director, and an interview may be required.
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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2020/21

UK / EU

£10,440 full-time

£5,220 part-time

International

£17,355 full-time

£8,675 part-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

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Teaching and Learning

Our programme is at the forefront of scholarship in Law, Policy and Practice and our lecturers are recognised for their expertise across all areas including Migration Law, Policy and Practice, so you’ll be among the first to benefit from the latest thinking in the field.

Your course will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, coursework and exams.

You’ll also learn through:

  • research centre activities and research trips
  • contributing to newsletters
  • making oral presentations
  • attending law film screenings
  • participating in debating events and reading group sessions.

There will be 16 hours of teaching per 15-credit module each teaching term.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

All modules are assessed by written essay and examination. Each assessment is worth 50% of the overall mark.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.