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Immigration and Asylum Law (Semester one) LAW4145

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

Increasing global migration is an undisputed reality. Migration, whether voluntary or involuntary, is a complex and multi-faceted phenomenon which has a direct and local impact in Scotland. This semester 1 course introduces students to the conceptual and legal frameworks in relation to migration into the UK, which includes sources at national, EU and international level across a variety of legal disciplines (eg administrative law, international human rights law and EU free movement law.) Case studies around legal migration routes into the UK will include family migration, EU free movement and Points Based System. A 'law in action' approach to learning is pursued through a Tribunal visit and guest seminars from practitioners. 


2-hour weekly seminars.

Requirements of Entry

Admission as a visiting law student

Excluded Courses

Immigration & Asylum Law (LAW4026)




Assessment will be conducted through a two-hour unseen written examination (worth 100% of the final course mark). Students will be invited to answer two essay questions from a choice of three.

Main Assessment In: December

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

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

This course aims to:

■ provide a clear foundation for in-depth legal analysis of voluntary (and to a lesser extent, involuntary) migration in the UK;

■ explore and analyse the multi-level (international, EU and national) legal frameworks that regulate migration in the UK;

■ provide an understanding 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;

■ enhance the developing skills of legal research, reasoning, analysis and interpretation involved in the use of source mater-ial.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ 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 level interface;

■ Identify flaws or weaknesses in the current legal regulation of migration flows into the UK;

■ Understand the requirements and challenges of legal practice in the field;

■ Able to use and analyse appropriate sources to explain and critique law and practice.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits