If you're looking to study law at an advanced level, then our Graduate Diploma is designed to meet your needs and interests. We introduce you to the broader social, political and ethical issues found in the study of law. You'll be supported throughout the course by passionate and experienced academics through learning academic knowledge and skills such as problem-solving, analysis and advocacy.
We will help in development of values and attitudes, personal and social responsibility and in the ability to think independently and reflecting critically. You'll learn a wide range of skills relevant to legal practice and other contexts that will help you achieve a successful career within the law.
We offer an academically stimulating environment in which you can learn a vocationally relevant course that enhances employability. You'll be able to make a critical assessment of the areas of law studied with an awareness of the social context in which the law is made and applied. We'll help you develop the ability to make sound professional judgments and actively apply and integrate the theory of law with legal and professional skills.
Students will attend lecture sessions alongside LLB students in the seven foundational modules. Separate seminar/ workshop sessions will be held for Graduate Diploma students which will be tailored to the additional and specific requirements of level 6 study in relation to these subjects.
The abilities you gain from the course are readily transferable to many occupations and careers. Degree study in law instils intrinsic ways of thinking, including an appreciation of the complexity of legal rules and principles, a respect for context and evidence and a greater awareness of the importance of the principles of justice and the rule of law to the foundations of society.
Upon successful completion students will be able to go on to study either at law or bar school.
Other admission requirements
Hold one of the following prior to commencement of the programme: -A UK first degree with honours at a minimum of 2:2 or above. -A non-graduate qualification which the University deems to be of satisfactory standard for the purpose of postgraduate admission. -In the absence of a UK first degree with honours (or equivalent), the candidate should have relevant work experience and have held a position of responsibility in a legal department for a minimum of three years within the previous five years (this normally applies to part time students only).
For non UK degree programmes, the University will utilise the Naric database to determine its equivalence to a UK honours degree.
Applicants presenting non-standard qualifications with substantial legal practice and law related experience may be invited for an interview to present their experiential learning.
If an applicant's first language is not English, he or she must be able to demonstrate oral and written fluency in English. Working or studying in an English-speaking environment will usually be sufficient to demonstrate an acceptable competence. Otherwise applicants will be required to have a British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.6 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of reading, writing, listening and spelling of 5.5.
Accreditation of prior learning (APL) - Applicants are welcome to apply for accreditation of previous learning.