• Admission requirements - LLB or equivalent legal qualification. Research competency and writing skills, as well as practical experience, are taken into account when considering applications. As a guideline, students must have obtained an average of 60% for the final-year LLB modules and the dissertation.
  • International students - An evaluation certificate issued by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) must be submitted if a previous qualification was obtained in a foreign country. 
  • Duration of study - Minimum one year, maximum two years.
  • Additional admission requirements - The Director Postgraduate Programmes may require a student to furnish sufficient proof of his/her research skills before receiving permission to register. If a student wishes to obtain an LLM degree in a subject not included in the LLB or in which the student’s achievements are not of the standard required, the Director may prescribe an admission examination in the subject.
  • Capacity - The LLM programmes and elective modules are only offered if the Director of Research is of the opinion that there is sufficient demand for them.
  • Research topics - Students can only register for a research topic in any module when sufficient supervision is available and if the Director is of the opinion that there will be sufficient expertise to support and guide a student in the faculty.

The LLM Programme in Labour Law enables students to obtain current and relevant knowledge on South African labour law and equips them with the tools to solve complex labour law issues in practice. This programme is ideal for those who are already practising labour law and wish to stay up to date, or are only starting their law career and aspire to be labour practitioners. This is also a valuable degree for anyone who is an employee or employer - knowing, understanding and respecting labour law is key to a healthy employment relationship.

We aim to offer a comprehensive programme covering the most important aspects of labour law. A wide variety of relevant topics are addressed, including the parties involved in the individual employment relationship, labour brokers, dismissals, unfair labour practices, basic conditions of employment, discrimination, collective bargaining, dispute resolution, occupational health and safety and social security - all against the background of recent legislative developments.

Since South Africa is a member state of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and should adhere to the global labour standards the ILO proposes in its conventions and recommendations, an international and comparative labour law module has been incorporated into the programme. This module will give the student insight into South Africa's international obligations in this area.

During seminars and assignments, students will be confronted with practical labour issues and recent case law in an attempt to develop their skills in critical thinking and problem solving. To provide the necessary guidance, the four modules in this programme are presented by a variety of academics and labour law practitioners - all experts in the field with years of experience.

In an ever-changing labour market, fluctuating economy and with awareness of the principle of decent work as established by the ILO growing rapidly, it is of immeasurable value to have an in-depth knowledge of South African labour law and its application.

Programme leader: Dr Estie Gresse

Compilation of curriculum – LLM in Labour Law

CODE: 6CP P01, R801M / R801P



The programme comprises the following compulsory modules:

Module Code




Year module

LMLL 873

Research Methodology and mini-dissertation



Semester 1

LMLL 811

Individual Labour Law

Dr A Botes


LMLL 812

Collective Labour Law and Dispute Resolution

 Mr S Kola and Mr Kagiso Masilo


Semester 2

LMLL 821

Public International and Comparative Labour Law

Prof H Chitimira


LMLL 822

Social Security and Occupational Health and Safety Law

Prof MP Olivier


Credit total for modules



Credit total for the curriculum



Seminar Programme 2022  (Download)