The course is delivered over a one, two or three-year period on a part-time evening basis (October to May each year). It will be offered as a distance-learning course from next year, 2004.
Applicants should have a degree/honours degree or degree-equivalent qualification in a relevant subject, or qualifications of an approved professional body or institution. Relevant industrial, commercial or professional experience will also be considered.
The course comprises the following modules in stage one: employment law and practice (general principles), employment law and practice (discrimination law), dispute resolution, trade union law. In stage two, modules include: European employment law and policy, international and comparative employment law, health and safety law, employee benefits and social security law.
This course is of particular interest to those working in the context of employee relations, trade unionists and managers at all levels who want an understanding of legal rules and employment practice relevant to the workplace. Successful completion of the requirements for the diploma allows students to proceed to the Masters stage.