LA0548 - Property Law [CPE FT, CPE DL]


The overall aim of the module is to introduce students to some of the central principles of substantive English land law. Following its completion the students should be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of those principles.
The module will be delivered by a combination of large and small group sessions, directed learning and independent learning.

The module will be assessed by way of an end of year examination.



J.A. MacKenzie and M. Phillips, Textbook on Land Law (15th edn, Oxford University Press, 2014)

Meryl Thomas (ed), Blackstones Statutes on Property Law 2015-16 (Oxford University Press)

Further reading:-
M. Dixon, Modern Land Law (9th edn, Taylor and Francis, 2014)




A. Legal and equitable rights in land

B. The system of registered title and enforcement of property rights

C. Co-ownership
1. Forms of co-ownership
2. The nature and effect of severance
3. The trust of land and the provisions of the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 so far as relevant to co-ownership

D. Landlord and Tenant
1. The grant and assignment of leases
2. The enforcement of leasehold covenants
3. The remedy of forfeiture

E. Rights in the property of another
1 .Aspects of the law of mortgages
2. Creation and enforcement of easements
3. Enforcement of freehold covenants


1. To introduce students to, and develop their knowledge and understanding some of the major principles of land law

2. To facilitate the students’ development of legal analysis and problem solving skills


By the end of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of some of the major principles of substantive land law

2. Analyse factual scenarios so as to identify relevant land law principles, and to apply those principles to finding solutions to the problems raised in the scenarios






The Webcasts:
These are an online facility. The webcasts provide the main teaching resource for the topics covered. They consist of a series of short videos delivered by tutors, addressing each topic in the syllabus. Alternative formats are available as podcast and transcript. There are also related resources such as multiple choice questions, links to statutes and case law, case studies etc.

Reading Materials:
• A study schedule indicates the pace at which students should progress through the module and outlines which parts of of the webcasts, textbook and workbook relate to each element of the syllabus covered.
• A workbook contains an overview of all the relevant legal areas
• A seminar booklet outlines the content and preparation for all seminars.
• Textbook as above

An intranet site (the E-learning portal)
This contains the materials above; additional materials from study days; links to any other materials of interest.

Study days
There are 6 sets of two-day face- to-face study sessions which take place at the University.

The first set introduces the students to legal method and research skills, to the English legal system, & to the area of law.

The remaining sets comprise 2 seminars (small group sessions) and one workshop (large group session).

Tutors are available to see students at other times during the two-day periods.

Other contact
Students are encouraged to contact tutors by phone or email in the event of any queries and to submit work for formative assessment


Full-time students

The module is delivered through a combination of large and small group sessions, and independent learning.

Large group sessions

These are delivered to the entire module cohort and are used to offer an overview of, and provide structure to, the material covered by the module.

Small group sessions

The small group sessions are small group seminar discussions. In conjunction with the directed and independent learning, they expand on the material covered in the large group sessions. They take the form of problem scenarios and require the students to ascertain, analyse and apply the relevant law, generally so as to advise one of the parties to the scenario. In some seminars there are conveyancing documents provided which are intrinsic to the problem presented.

Independent learning

Students are also expected to carry out independent learning to both expand on the materials covered in the large group sessions and to prepare for the tasks in the small group sessions. Examples of independent learning will include locating and reading relevant legal source material.

Distance learning students

As for full-time students, save that the large group sessions are used as workshops for a variety of activities designed to further develop legal understanding and skills.



a. Summative assessment and rationale for tasks

In the final semester there is a 3 hour written examination, which accounts for the remaining 100% of the marks. This takes the form of seven questions, carrying equal marks, of which four must be answered.

b. Additional formative assessment – detail of process and rationale

Formative assessment is available during the module.
• Turning point used within the large group sessions to which students receive immediate feedback.
• MCQs used with webcasts.
• Students asked to submit one or more written answer to a legal problem for marking to help give them an idea of how their legal writing and problem solving skills are developing over the course.
• Past exam questions available on the E-learning portal with students encouraged to submit written answers for marking.

c. Indication of how students will get feedback and how this will support their learning
• See b. above. Students will receive individual feedback on their written answer. Additionally group feedback will be given in the small group sessions.

Course info

Credits 15

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time

Department Northumbria Law School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2023 or September 2024

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