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Our European Union Law Postgraduate Diploma/MA is a distance-learning programme covering a wide range of important EU Law topics, such as free movement of goods and people, social policy, external relations and judicial review. You will gain an in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of the most important theoretical and practical aspects of EU law, with particular emphasis on the Treaties of the European Union.

Key benefits

  • Gives an in-depth insight into European Union Law principles and practice.
  • Programme materials are written by leading academics at King's College London and by professional experts in the field.
  • Can be studied anywhere in the world.
  • Weekend seminars led by programme directors.
  • Hard copy study material with online additional support, traditional one year cohort.


Our European Union Law PG Diploma is structured into three modules broken down into 12 units in total. Each unit comes in the form of hard copy print and as a pdf file via the programme website. The units are designed to be largely self-contained, but recommended and further reading will be suggested. A unit will comprise text, copies of relevant Regulations, Commission Decisions and Notices, Judgments of the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union, practical examples, questions and model answers to test your knowledge as you progress.

On the programme website you can view and listen to seminar recordings and access further learning resources to support you in your studies. This website also offers students the opportunity to interact with each other and to post questions for the module leader.

The European Union Law MA is only open to students who have successfully completed the European Union Postgraduate Diploma at Merit level.

Course format and assessment

This is a distance learning course taught via course-specific printed matter which is despatched from October to March at fortnightly intervals. The PgDip also features two intensive residential weekend seminars (equivalent to 32 hours of contact time) at which programme leaders will lecture and organise group work where appropriate. You are expected to engage in 220 hours of self-study and will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations; 70 per cent of the course is assessed by examination and 30 per cent is assessed by coursework.

The follow-up MA is open to students who complete the Diploma at Merit level. It involves the research for and writing of a 12000 -15000 dissertation under supervision from a King’s academic. You are expected to spend at least 110 hours engaged in self-directed study. You are assessed exclusively by marking of your dissertation.

Career prospects

This course is studied by a wide variety of international professionals, including private practive lawyers, in-house councels and representatives from the European institutions. Students who graduate from this course will take a comprehensive and and up-to-date understanding of EU Law into their next career move.

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