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Immigration And Asylum Law LAW4026

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course examines the ever-developing UK legal framework in relation to both immigration and asylum.


Weekly 2 hour seminars - Thursday 1500-1700

Requirements of Entry

Normally  a C pass in Constitutional Law 1

This course is only available to LL.B students

Excluded Courses





  3,000 word essay (25%) examination (75%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

Knowledge based
· To provide a structured foundation for legal analysis by looking thematically at the variety of push and pull factors involved in both voluntary and involuntary migration;
· To explore and analyse the multi-level (International, European and UK) legal framework that regulates voluntary and involuntary migration;
· To provide a knowledge and critical insight into the legal processes and argumentation involved in pursuing an immigration or asylum claim in the UK
· To provide a practical perspective to the application of immigration, asylum and human rights law in the UK;
· To analyse the role of the Immigration Appellate Authority and of the courts in the review of asylum, nationality and immigration decisions;

Skills based
· To foster and develop transferable skills, including effective oral and written communication;
· To encourage independent legal research and responsibilty for one's own learning
· To develop problem-solving skills;
· To develop group-work skills;
· To develop advocacy skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

Knowledge based
· Identify the main reasons for migratory flows and critically evaluate the existing legal framework in the light of them;
· Explain how the relevant legal frameworks at national, European and International interface;
· Identify flaws or weaknesses in the current legal regulation of immigration and asylum;
· Explain and critique the legal procedural framework in the UK context;

Skills based
· Identify relevant legal sources in the field and apply them to hypothetical scenarios;
· Write critically about the nature and content of immigration and asylum law;
· Construct coherent and analytical oral arguments about the substantive and procedural legal framework in relation to immigration and asylum.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits