Business Law Postgraduate Certificate

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Northumbria has an enviable reputation for its practical, innovative postgraduate programmes, which are accessible to a wide range of professionals.

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 a business today.

In recognition of these demands the Law School 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.

In order to obtain a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Law students are required to satisfactorily complete three modules, including the Legal Research module. Students can select the other two modules depending on their specific needs. All of the modules are taught from a practical point of view enabling students to understand the law in context and to apply it to real-life situations.

Course in Brief

The academic year is nine months comprised of three blocks of time in which students take one module in each of the three blocks.

Block 1 (PGCert Business Law): Students take one compulsory module: Legal Research and Study Skills in Block 1. Students take any module in each of Blocks 2 and 3 that is on offer from the PGCert and PGDip Commercial Law, International Commercial Law, or International Trade Law Programmes. (See the separate descriptions for these programmes.) Upon successful completion of three modules the PGCert Business Law is awarded.

Block 2 (PGCert Commercial Law): Students may continue on from the PGCert Business Law to the PGDip Commercial Law if they wish. Students must take (1) Commercial Contracts and (2) Company Law and Insolvency by the end of Year 2 if they have not already taken either or both of them in Year 1. Otherwise students take any take any module in each of Blocks 1, 2, and 3 that is on offer from the PGDip Commercial Law, International Commercial Law, or International Trade Law Programmes. (See the separate descriptions for these programmes.) Upon successful completion of three modules the PGDip Commercial Law is awarded.

Block 3: Students may continue on from the PGDip Commercial Law to the LLM Commercial Law if they wish. Students research and write a 15,000 to 17,000 word Project. Upon successful completion the LLM Commercial Law is awarded.

Further Information

Watch our video on taught post-graduate programmes in Business Law, Commercial Law, International Commercial Law, and International Trade Law. Michael Devine, the Programme Leader, explains the structure of each of the programmes and to whom they are aimed. Students may earn a Post Graduate Certificate upon successful completion of three modules in Year 1 part-time, a Post Graduate Diploma (except in Business Law) upon successful completion of three additional modules in Year 2 part-time, and a Master of Laws (LLM) degree (except in Business Law) upon successful completion of a project in Year 3 part-time.

View a PDF of Michael’s video presentation. Business Law is a “taster” programme and students may transfer from it to the Commercial Law programme for Years 2 and 3; Commercial Law is based on English Law; International Commercial Law is based on public international law; and International Trade Law is based on private international law. The programmes are suitable for distance learning students from any legal jurisdiction world-wide. All modules are accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for English solicitors and barristers, respectively.

Course info

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year, distance learning

Department Northumbria Law School

Location Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City Newcastle

Start September 2016

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