Tax Law and Policy (M6036)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

On this module, you will look at taxation in two different but connected ways.

You'll learn about:

  • why taxes are necessary
  • what they do
  • how they are designed and enacted
  • how they reflect and shape society.

You'll study the basic principles and mechanisms of tax law and policy, focusing on the UK income tax and the taxation of individuals. You will also learn more about business taxation, in particular corporate and partnership taxation.



59%: Lecture
41%: Seminar


25%: Examination (Multiple choice questions)
75%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: