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Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

International Law is no longer accepting new applications.


The course is exclusively by independent research. The proposed research topic is considered by the Degree Committee during the application process. While individual arrangements vary, the student should normally receive one-on-one supervision at least once a month.

One to one supervision

While individual arrangements vary, the student may normally expect to receive one-on-one supervision at least once a month.

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

There are no compulsory seminars or classes. However, students are encouraged to attend some or all of the classes provided by the Faculty's Research Training and Development Programme.


Students are encouraged to attend lectures, especially at LLM level, within the general field of their research.

Journal clubs

The Cambridge Journal of International Law is an open-access, peer-reviewed academic journal founded and run by the postgraduate community at the Law Faculty.


Supervisors are required to submit termly reports which students can access online via their self-service accounts on CamSIS.


Thesis / Dissertation

A thesis, not exceeding 30,000 words in length, including footnotes, but excluding appendices and bibliography, shall be referred to two examiners (normally one internal examiner and one external examiner) appointed by the Degree Committee, who may, at their discretion, examine the student orally on the thesis and the general field of knowledge within which it falls.

Each examiner shall submit an independent report to the Degree Committee on the student's thesis, and the examiners shall submit a joint report on the student's performance in the oral examination, if held. The Degree Committee, after considering the reports of the examiners, shall resolve whether or not the student is entitled to be awarded the Diploma.

Key Information

12 months full-time

2 years part-time

Study Mode : Research

Postgraduate Diploma

Faculty of Law

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.

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