University of Brighton

University of Brighton


The Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDip)/Common Professional Examination (CPE) is a conversion programme enabling graduates in any non-law subject to convert to a career in law. Students can take the course at the end of their degree or use it as a bridge from one graduate career to another. The course provides students with a sound knowledge of: the English legal system and process; those areas of law considered to be fundamental (the seven 'foundations of legal knowledge'); at least one other area of legal study as a project. Students will develop practical skills in legal research, problem-solving, critical analysis and communication. Classes are taught in small groups of exclusively postgraduate law students by enthusiastic, expert lecturers, who are committed to research and teaching excellence.

Entry requirements

Individual offers may vary. Degree and/or experience: students applying for this course must fall into one of the following 2 categories. Either: you must have obtained an undergraduate degree awarded by a recognised UK or Republic of Ireland institution (at least II(ii) standard if you wish to qualify as a barrister). This does not include foundation degrees OR applicants with non-standard UK degrees or qualifications obtained overseas will need to obtain a Certificate of Academic Standing. Prospective solicitors should obtain the certificate from the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Prospective barristers should obtain the certificate from the Bar Council. For non-native speakers of English: if English is not your first language, you will need English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with 6 in the written test.

Course modules

The seven modules which cover the 'Foundations of Legal Knowledge' are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops: legal system, method and skills; contract law; law of torts; public law; European Union law; criminal law; equity and trusts; land law. Project: A significant piece of independent, self-managed research in an area of law other than those set out above. Recent topics have included: ancillary relief; assisted suicide; breach of duty in medical negligence; commercial surrogacy; domestic violence; European copyright in relation to online copyright protection; legal issues in biomedicine (human embryo research and gene therapy); repossession orders; the duty of care owed to mentally ill prisoners; the powers of detention in the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.

Assessment methods

All the teaching is scheduled into blocks of 3 hours. Assessment is by means of coursework and/or examination.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Full-time £ 5,330 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Full-time £ 9,400 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PgDip Full-time - 1 years
PgDip Part-time - 2 years
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Part-time £ 2,665 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Part-time £ 4,700 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Moulsecoomb Campus Brighton BN2 4GA South East

Key information

Brighton Business School
Telephone number: 
01273 642197