Postgraduate LLM/PgDip/PgCert

Health, Safety and Industrial Law

Salford Business School




One year

Two year


June 2019

Next enrolment

In a nutshell

Health and safety law is designed to protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public and defined sectors such as employees; no matter what industry you work in, there will be health and safety regulations to adhere to.

During this programme, you will evaluate the legislation and case law relating to health, safety and the environment. You will also have the opportunity to assess the current position of court remedies and sanctions in case of failure to comply with legal provisions.

The programme is highly industry-focussed; you will be immersed in the more complex areas of business and commercial law looking at real-world applications that are not commonly available to students of traditional Law Schools.  The programme culminates in the Industry Collaboration Project; you will choose one of four options to look at a real industry problem and provide researched solutions, helping you put your learning into practice.

A particular focus of the programme is the law of industry and its impact on many stakeholders. You will look at the legal duties of employers and others under health and safety law and industrial law and consider some of the crucial legal issues in health and safety law and industrial law, e.g. protection of whistle blowers, risks associated with specific hazards and hazardous activities.

The LLM programme also aims to equip participants with the necessary knowledge which will enable them to represent parties effectively before the courts or when pursuing or responding to an application before an Employment Tribunal.

The block delivery of the modules allows you flexibility in arranging your programme of study and means that you concentrate on one subject area at a time in order to gain maximum knowledge and understanding.

International students should apply for the LLM route.

You will:
  • Explore key areas of industrial law
  • Evaluate health and safety regulation
  • Develop a practical knowledge of employment law

options available


students accepted

This is for you if...


You are interested in a career in the legal profession


You wish you expand your knowledge of health and safety regulations


You hope to develop your knowledge of employment law


You want to apply your learning in practical scenarios


You are a critical thinker


You are commercially-minded

Course details

All about the course

The programme is block delivered and there are several entry points throughout the year. Students will take the modules below in a sequence dependent on their start date.

The course is delivered in four blocks of intensive study periods. For each block, you study a single module for a six-week period. Face-to-face teaching is delivered on campus for six hours each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Industry Collaboration Project each Wednesday afternoon during the six-week blocks. During this period, you will also undertake independent study in your own time with online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

The Industry Collaboration Project (ICP) module accounts for the final 60 credits of your degree. You will have the opportunity to select between a placement, internship or dissertation, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional experience.

You will be allocated a supervisor who will mentor you through the ICP. You will also have the opportunity to engage with the Student Hub and askUS. askUS can help with pre project/placement support for students and opportunities for those going on placement to participate in training workshops to ensure best practice. The Student Hub can helps you to find internships, placements and live projects for your Industry Collaboration Project.

Part-time students study alternate modules (one module on, one module off) to complete their degree in two years.

Semester one

Civil Redress and Statutory Compensation

In this module, you will evaluate the nature, purpose, sources and development of the law surrounding redress and compensation and develop an understanding of currently contentious areas of civil redress using the Tort law system. You will also look at application of the law to various health and safety law breaches.

Project Management, Leadership and Skills, Planning and Control

You will learn about the approaches, skills and methods of effective project management, and the tools and techniques required for planning, control, teamwork, leadership and other key processes. All of these qualities will develop your ability to lead complex projects.

Semester two

Industrial Law

You will look at case law and legislation in the area of health and safety law, evaluate the nature, purpose, sources and development of the UK industrial law; develop an understanding of the general duties of employers and others and complexities of their legal interpretation; and consider the impact of the international and European principles and regulation on the development of the UK industrial law. The module also looks at the nature and application of various health and safety specific regulations, including workplace regulations and construction regulations.

Employment Relations and Law

During this module, you will analyse the key features, different theories and perspectives that shape the employment relations procedures that help mitigate organisational risk; explore the core principles that underpin employment law as it applies in the UK (and Ireland) and understand how to keep your knowledge of current employment law up to date and relevant. In particular, you will look at employment relations procedures and practices as they relate to: employee engagement; employee communication, involvement and participation; negotiation and bargaining and conflict resolution in unionised and non-unionised workplaces.

Semester three (Industry Collaboration Project (ICP) - choose one from:)

Work Placement

The paid Work Placement gives you the chance to undertake a six month project with an organisation located regionally, nationally or internationally. By exploring a key issue impacting an organisation, you will apply the theoretical knowledge gained through your studies and develop and use appropriate problem-solving skills in a real-world environment.

You will create an initial 1,500 word research proposal then compile an 8,500 – 10,000 word portfolio of evidence that shows the work undertaken, the deliverables created, the impact achieved, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities undertaken and a critical reflection by the student of their work practices and learning. In addition, you will share your findings with key stakeholders. This will generally be a presentation to an audience but might be a poster presentation or a video recording.

10% project proposal
80% portfolio
10% presentation


The unpaid Internship option of the Industry Collaboration Project aims to equip you with the relevant practical skills to critically identify and evaluate key issues impacting organisations and their environments either in the UK or overseas.

Over a three month period, you will work alongside an organisation to identify and explore a real organisational issue.  You will have specified learning goals and will need to actively reflect on what is being learned throughout the experience.

You will create an initial 1,500 word research proposal then compile an 8,500 – 10,000 word portfolio of evidence that shows the work undertaken, the deliverables created, the impact achieved, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities undertaken and a critical reflection by the student of their work practices and learning. In addition, you will share your findings with key stakeholders. This will generally be a presentation to an audience but might be a poster presentation or a video recording.


10% project proposal
80% portfolio
10% presentation


An advanced-level applied research pathway based on a real-world business problem and examining an issue important to an organisation.   The Dissertation path gives you the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge gained from the taught elements of the programme to a current organisational issue and deploy and effectively use appropriate problem-solving skills through critical self-reflection and methodical, systematic research.  It is an excellent option if you are considering moving into academic research and PhD studies.

You will create an initial 1,500 word research proposal consisting of research questions, aims and objectives, and the rationale for undertaking the study.  The 12,000 – 15,000 word dissertation will include literature review, research methodology, analysis of findings, conclusions, recommendations and a critical reflection of your learning. In addition, you will share your findings with key stakeholders. This will generally be a presentation to an audience but might be a poster presentation or a video recording.


10% project proposal
80% portfolio
10% presentation


Please note, this option is available from September 2019
Through this option, along with applying your theoretical knowledge from the taught elements of the programme, you will develop the transferable skills and qualities required for entrepreneurial behaviour and work on your own innovative business idea. You will reflect on business opportunities, challenges and strategies with the aim of establishing a new businesses, or incorporating entrepreneurial thinking into the management of an existing organisation. The three month Entrepreneurship path will be assessed through the development of an Initial Business Proposal and an 8,500 word Comprehensive Business Proposal accompanied by a 30 minute presentation.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

Face to face teaching is delivered on campus for two half days each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Industry Collaboration Project each Wednesday afternoon during the six week blocks, with independent study completed in your own time through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Individual student timetables will be provided during induction week.

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, using a wide range of learning activities.


Each taught module is assessed by two pieces of work, each worth 50% of the overall course assessment.

Although each taught module has its own assessment styles, all assessments are designed to enable students to demonstrate their advanced knowledge and skill, and may include:

  • Individual or group work
  • Research based assignments
  • Presentations
  • Seen or unseen examinations
  • Closed or open-book examinations

Salford Business School

Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.

We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.

Our facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings, which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays. A dedicated Employability team will help you with work placements and access to work skills. 

Throughout campus, there is a choice of individual study areas, communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a selection of food outlets.

Christina Patman - Programme Leader

Chrissy qualified as a solicitor in 2007 in Manchester after a management career within the gambling industry.  Having completed her LLM in Health and Safety Law at Salford University in 2011 she is in the process of completing her PhD on the missed reform opportunities connected to the law surrounding corporate manslaughter from 1600 through to the present day. 

A member of the Law Society, Chrissy’s teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes, particularly on Public Law and Legal Research Methods and Methodologies.  Her research interests include Criminal Legal History; Regulatory Law - Health and Safety Law; Corporate Governance and Manslaughter; and Legal Research Methods and Methodologies.

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What about after uni?

Both in the UK and overseas the internationally focused LLM is a ‘gold standard’ qualification for entry into the legal profession, as the focus of specialisation has increasingly shifted to international legal practice.

In the corporate business world, the LLM carries a similar cachet to the Executive MBA, while offering greater specialism in its content.

In many European jurisdictions, the LLM is a compulsory prerequisite for entry into the legal profession.

A taste of what you could become

A health and safety adviser

A paralegal

A solicitor

A human resources professional

A manager

And more...

Career Links

The University of Salford grew out of the institutes of the late 19th century that provided a talented, technically proficient and professional workforce to support the UK’s rapidly growing industries. In the 21st century, this still holds strong. Whilst industry has changed significantly, the need for industry-focused education is equally relevant today.

We teach the skills that employers need and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.

The curriculum across our postgraduate courses balances academic teaching and professional experience. Our industry partners give us their input into the curriculum so that the teaching reflects industry’s current and future needs and you develop the skills that employers want. The Industry Collaboration Project, which forms the final third of your study, is designed to give you real-world experience so you can apply the theory you have learned.


What you need to know

This course is suitable for law graduates interested in developing their knowledge and skills in the specific area of health, safety and industrial law; and health and safety practitioners looking to understand the legal implications of health and safety practice.

The LLM is the only route available for international students.

English Language Requirements

Normally IELTS 6.5 with no individual element below 5.5, or equivalent recognised Secure English Language Test, (SELT).

If the English language qualification is slightly below this level candidates may be able to take one of the many English courses available in the University.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

Normally an undergraduate degree, class 2:2 or above, in law, or an equivalent level professional qualification.

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

2019 fees shown below are for programmes starting in September 2019.  The fees for programmes starting in March, June and July 2019 are:

Home/EU        £8,550

International    £14,400

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019 £7,776per year
Full-time international 2019 £14,274per year
Part-time 2019 £1,296 per 30 credit module
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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