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Postgraduate Admissions

The Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies is a one-year full-time (or two-year part-time) research course and is awarded on the basis of a thesis not exceeding 30,000 words, inclusive of footnotes but exclusive of appendices and bibliography. Students are assigned a supervisor by the Faculty's Degree Committee.

The main aims of the course are:

  • to give students with relevant experience at first degree or master's level the opportunity to carry out focused research on an approved research topic in the field of law under close supervision;
  • to give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests; and
  • to enable students to engage in work which is innovative and at the leading edge of legal scholarship.

A thesis submitted for the Diploma in Legal Studies must afford evidence of serious study and the ability to discuss a difficult problem critically.

An applicant interested in writing a thesis on international law should apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in International Law.


Continuing

Diploma candidates may apply to continue to the MLitt or PhD by completing and submitting a Postgraduate Application Form to the Postgraduate Admissions Office via the Applicant Portal by the course deadline.

In appropriate circumstances, a student may be allowed to count not more than three full-time terms or five part-time terms towards the requirements for the MLitt or  PhD.


Open Days

The Postgraduate Virtual Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions to admissions staff and academics, explore the Colleges virtually, and to find out more about courses, the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

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Key Information


12 months full-time

2 years part-time

Postgraduate Diploma

Faculty of Law

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2022

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Dec. 2, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 2, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.


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