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Course content

The PGCert, PGDip and LLM Canon Law provides an opportunity for critical appraisal of Ecclesiastical Law in the context of relevant national and international law.

The course works out of an inter-disciplinary perspective, with a teaching staff drawn from the fields of legal studies, theology, philosophy and ethics. The Diploma Canon Law is suitable for those who practise or are involved in the administration of church law and for those wishing to pursue an interest in this developing field of legal scholarship.

The course provides an opportunity for postgraduate study in the canon law of the churches of the Worldwide Anglican Communion, particularly that of the Church of England, and the Roman Catholic Church and the law of the State applicable to these churches.

Distinctive features

The Canon Law LLM/PGDip/PGCert is research-led and has strong links with the prestigious Centre for Law and Religion. The programme attracts a diverse student body including secular and ecclesiastical judges, university academics, barristers, solicitors and clergy from both the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches.

The programme is taught through lectures and seminars on residential weekends over a period of two academic years, held at St Michael’s College in Cardiff.

Structure

PGCert:

You must complete any two of the four modules available. Module selection will determine whether the Certificate Canon Law is completed in one or two academic years.

Please see the website for modules taught on this route:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/canon-law-pgcert

PGDip:

You must complete four compulsory modules over two academic years.

Please see the website for modules taught on this route:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/canon-law-pgdip

LLM:

The programme is delivered in two stages. Stage one (the taught component) comprises four, compulsory 30 credit modules; stage two comprises the dissertation. Stage one will run over two years and you will take two modules in each year; you will be taught and assessed in one module per semester. You will progress to the dissertation upon successful completion of stage one.

Please see the website for modules taught on this route:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/canon-law-llm

Teaching

Studying at postgraduate level is intensive and challenging and it is important that you take full advantage of the teaching that is provided in order to succeed. Attendance at all classes is compulsory and we will expect you to be well prepared.

Your modules will be delivered through seminars and lectures during residential weekends, individual and joint written oral presentations and distance learning.

Assessment

We make use of both formative and summative assessment.

Formative assessments do not count towards your degree but are designed to give you the opportunity to practice for your summative assessments and enable you and your tutors to assess your progress in your modules. Formative assessments will normally involve written coursework or a class test or may comprise individual student presentations.

Your marks in summative assessments count towards your final award. Each Diploma Canon Law module is summatively assessed by one 5000 word essay.

Visit the Canon Law LLM/PgDip/PgCert page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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