Swansea University

Swansea University

Graduate Diploma in Law

This course is designed to facilitate the acquisition of sound legal knowledge in those areas of law which are known as the Foundations of Law plus one additional area of law. No prior knowledge of law is required and the programme is designed for non-law graduates. It is designed to provide the legal knowledge necessary to satisfy the academic requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Bar Standards Board and the Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX).

Entry requirements

To enrol on this course an applicant must normally have obtained an undergraduate degree awarded by a recognised UK or Republic of Ireland institution. (Please note that those wishing to progress to the Bar should normally have achieved at least a 2.1 Honours classification in their undergraduate degree. However, it is recognised that applicants may be able to demonstrate an equivalent standard in other ways. Prospective students whose 1st language is not English may also be required to demonstrate their language proficiency by achieving IELTS Level 6.

Course modules

The course is preceded by a 2-week period of directed reading on the English legal system and the principles of legal scholarship (no attendance required, home study). Teaching commences with an induction period which includes a short block of lectures and seminars concentrating on the English legal system, the acquisition of legal skills, and European Union law. The foundation subjects of contract, tort, public law, equity and trusts, land law and criminal law are taught by means of a series of lectures and compulsory seminars spanning 2 teaching blocks. A further legal subject is studied by means of a supervised research project.

Assessment methods

The course employs a wide range of assessment methods, including multiple choice tests, coursework, mini-dissertation and traditional 3-hour, unseen examinations.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Graduate Diploma Full-time £ 6,350 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
Graduate Diploma Full-time £ 10,700 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Singleton Park, Swansea Swansea SA2 8PP Wales

Key information

College of Law and Criminology
Telephone number: 
01792 602276