Fast-track your legal career with our Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) conversion course. Designed for students who want the challenges and rewards of a legal career, but don't have an undergraduate degree in law, or for those who have significant work experience, but no formal qualifications.
Many employers are attracted to GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market, as you offer additional skills and experience to their organisation.
This course will provide you with a thorough grounding in core legal subjects. Offering high levels of face-to-face teaching contact in lectures and workshops, and an open door policy for academic or pastoral advice, the environment is supportive and friendly. We also offer a Careers and Employability adviser to help you take the steps into a fulfilling legal career.
Mooting at Manchester Law School is part of a specialised unit on the GDL course, and we have become a leading centre for mooting and advocacy in the UK. The mooting society at the law school is extremely active, organising regular mooting sessions and debates supported by a team of expert tutors. Our Mooting teams have competed at and the highest level from 2013-16 and have enjoyed regular national competition success.
Award-winning Faculty environment
Manchester Law School is an inspiring and highly professional environment in which to study, housing modern lecture theatres, study zones, legal libraries and a mock courtroom. You will benefit from an award-winning Faculty building, including spacious study and IT zones, laptop counters, cafes and coffee shops, and free WiFi. Highly modern facilities are available to you on our thriving campus at the heart of the UK’s second city.
Top quality teaching by professionals
You will be taught by experienced professionals and will receive the best possible teaching and direct access to the profession. You’ll benefit from tutors who have a real passion for their subjects.
There are opportunities for GDL students to take part in pro bono (voluntary) work experience in a wide range of areas. Manchester Law School is continually adding to our portfolio of pro bono partners, to extend and improve the opportunities for GDL students to experience legal work first-hand.
The Professional Education and Training MA will develop the skills and knowledge needed to operate, manage and lead effectively in a role responsible for enhancing expertise and performance in the public or private sector, in professions such as accountancy, law or professional services, as well as adult, community, further, higher and professional education, or in work-based training and human resource development.
This programme will give students critical insight into a range of theories, perspectives and approaches for studying policies and practices in professional education and training and how they might apply these in their workplace. It will develop understanding of conceptual and analytical frameworks in professional education and training and how they can be used to develop expertise.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), and either two optional modules (60 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits), or three optional modules (90 credits) and a report (30 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma, two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits), full-time nine months or flexible study up to five years, is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate, one core module (30 credits) and one optional module (30 credits) or two core modules (60 credits) flexible study over a period of up to two years.
All students undertake an independent research project which culmintates either in a dissertation of 20,000 words (60 credits) or a report of 10,000 words (30 credits).
Teaching and learning
Teaching is delivered both face-to-face and online and includes lectures, plenary discussion/question and answer sessions, small group work and tutorials. In addition, online students use whiteboard, audio channel, text chat, polling, discussion groups, desktop sharing and breakout rooms. Assessment is by written assignments, portfolio and a dissertation or report.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Professional Education and Training MA
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Graduates are currently working in a variety of sectors. Some are working as lecturers in FE, adult and community learning and higher education institutions, while others have jobs as human resources managers or consultants. Graduates in this area can also be found working as academic standards and quality managers and team leaders in adult education.
This programme enables students to acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence to operate effectively and creatively in diverse and changing institutions and organisations. Students are supported to relate personal and professional concerns to debates and issues about the changing interface between professional education and training in wider organisational contexts.
The Department of Education, Practice & Society is a multidisciplinary department at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) bringing together a diverse community of researchers with expertise in the social sciences who have a common interest in exploring learning in all its settings (formal, non-formal and informal).
The department has extensive expertise and experience in research, knowledge transfer and consultancy in the UK, Europe and Asia, working closely with transnational bodies, such as, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, government departments (Department for Education, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills) as well as with regional organisations, employer organisations, national institutes, and international organisations.