LLM In Labour Studies

Thank-you for your interest in applying for a Masters in Labour Studies.  This letter contains important information about the application process.  Please complete all the application steps.

If you are applying for Full Research Masters

  • A full research Masters comprises one-year full time study (or two years part time study) during which you will complete a thesis of 50 000 words under the supervision of a labour law expert.
  • Before you apply you must have a workable topic and a draft concept note. It is   recommended that you contact a potential supervisor to approve your topic before applying.  Queries can be directed to Ms Rowena Bernard
  • Applications are accepted throughout the academic year.
  • Full research Masters students qualify for one-year fee remission (full-time registration only).

If you are applying for Coursework Masters

  • A coursework Masters comprises of 4 compulsory modules. The modules are Advanced Labour Law, Labour Dispute Resolution, Employment Discrimination Law and Research Methodology. In addition, you will need to complete a 15 000-word mini-thesis.
  • The LLM in Labour Studies is offered part-time (over 2 years). Students may register full-time (over 1 year) in exceptional circumstances. Students are required to submit a motivation as well as a plan as to how he or she will complete 4 coursework modules as well as the mini-dissertation in a period of 1 year.  This application will then be considered by the programme co-ordinator.  Students may only register full-time after permission has been granted.  Registration is therefore part-time unless permission for full-time registration is obtained.
  • Students are required to register for the following modules and in the recommended order:

ModuleSemester / Year
Advance Labour LawFirst semester (year 1)
Labour Dispute ResolutionFirst semester (year 1)
Employment Discrimination LawSecond semester (year 1)
Research Methodology and DissertationFirst semester (year 2)
DissertationFirst semester (year 2)

  • Lectures may be held either in block sessions or individual seminars.  These may occur during or after working hours.
  • Acceptance into the programme is limited and is dependent on enrolment targets.
  • Applications windows are advertised on the School of Law website. Applications will open in June and close 31st October. Late applications may be accepted with our discretion, and you are encouraged to contact us to ascertain space on the program.
  • Coursework Masters students do not qualify for fee remission.

Application Steps

  • Ensure you have made an online application here. Attach all required documents.
  • Email the PG administrator (Ms Mshengu for research OR Ms Louw for coursework). Attach all required documents. To process your application, we require:
    • Confirmation you have applied online
    • Your academic transcript (uploaded online). Please email a copy of your LLB final transcript (degree complete) as soon as it is available.
    • A one-page personal motivation explaining why Constitutional Theory, Law and Litigation is your first choice and why you believe you have the academic ability to conduct study in this field at the postgraduate level.
    • Your curriculum vitae
    • A concept Note (only full research)
    • Proof of application fee – this is because a lot of the time students use an incorrect reference for the deposit and it is sitting at “AP” (fee outstanding) – instead of being credited to their student number.
  • The post-graduate administrator will “process” your application and send it to the program co-ordinator for review. It is vitally important that you attach all the required documentation when applying online.
  • Full research Masters applications will be considered by the Post-Graduate research masters selection committee.
  • If your application is successful you will receive an invitation to register from the PG administrator.

Contact Details

program co-ordinator
Ms Rowena Bernard

Post-graduate administrator for full Research Masters
Ms Gina Mshengu
Email: MshenguG@ukzn.ac.za

Post-graduate administrator Coursework Masters
Ms Robynne Louw
Email: LouwR@ukzn.ac.za

Post-graduate administrator for thesis examination
Mr Pradeep Ramsewak
Email: ramsewakp@ukzn.ac.za

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