The University of Law

The University of Law

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)

This is the online version of the Graduate Diploma in Law programme covering all elements of the attendance version of the programme (7 Foundation subjects, Legal Method, Ethics & Professional Legal Practice and a Research project). It is a purely modular programme - students study one subject at a time over a period of 7-9 weeks, concluding with an examination; the next module would then start within a fortnight of that exam. There is limited attendance at a University Centre (two day compulsory induction, thereafter for examination sittings only approx once every ten weeks: there is no face-to-face classroom teaching, everything else is online). This is a 21 month course. The qualification is the same as for the attendance course as are the entry requirements.

Entry requirements

Students are required to possess a 2:2 or above from an undergraduate degree in any discipline. Students from outside the UK must also possess an English Language level equivalent to IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component.

Mature non-graduates or overseas graduates seeking to become a future barrister should apply for a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Stand Board (BSB). Those wishing to become a future solicitor should send their qualifications through to the Admissions team who can deem whether or not you are eligible for the course.

Course modules

The course contains nine modules all of 20 credits (providing all the required 180 credits for the award);

• Ethics and Professional Legal Practice
• Public Law
• Law of Tort
• Contract Law
• European Union Law
• Criminal Law
• Land Law
• Equity & Trusts Law
• Research Project OR Law of Organisations (Both options require independent legal research and are assessed by coursework)

All modules must be passed in order to obtain the award. The introductory module Ethics and Professional Legal Practice contributes 8% to the final award and all other modules contribute 11.5% to the final award.

Assessment methods

Legal Method has a 30 minute Multiple Choice Question open book exam. The seven foundation subjects each have a three hour closed book exam (three questions from choice of six). The Ethics and Professional Practice modules contains a 2.000 word assessed essay. The Research Project module is assessed by a 4,500 legal essay on a selected title and the Law of Organisations module (alternative option) is assessed by a 2,000 word legal report on an allocated problem question.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip On-line study January 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip On-line study January 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (Wales) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip On-line study January 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip On-line study January 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (EU) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip On-line study January 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (England) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip On-line study January 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (International) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip On-line study January 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time January 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (England) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time January 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (International) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time January 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time January 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (International) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time January 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time January 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (EU) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time January 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time January 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Scotland) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time January 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (England) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time January 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Scotland) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time January 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Wales) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time January 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (International) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time January 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Wales) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time January 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time January 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (Scotland) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time January 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (Wales) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time January 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time January 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time January 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (EU) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time January 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (EU) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time January 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (England) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Wales) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (International) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (Wales) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 9,010 per Whole course (International) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip On-line study September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 9,010 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time evening September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,530 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip On-line study September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (EU) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 9,010 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (EU) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time evening September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (EU) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Wales) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,530 per Whole course (EU) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip On-line study September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (England) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 9,010 per Whole course (Wales) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (England) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time evening September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (England) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,530 per Whole course (England) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip On-line study September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (International) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (International) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (EU) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time evening September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (International) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,530 per Whole course (International) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip On-line study September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (EU) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (England) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time evening September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (EU) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,530 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip On-line study September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (England) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (International) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time evening September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (England) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,530 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip On-line study September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (Wales) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Wales) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (International) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time evening September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (Wales) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (International) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 9,010 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,530 per Whole course (Wales) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (EU) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 9,010 per Whole course (EU) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (England) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Wales) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Part-time weekend September 2017 GBP 9,010 per Whole course (England) 2 years
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (EU) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Scotland) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,530 per Whole course (Wales) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (England) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (England) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (England) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Wales) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (International) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,010 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (International) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (International) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (EU) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,010 per Whole course (EU) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (England) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Scotland) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,010 per Whole course (England) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Scotland) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Scotland) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (International) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Wales) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,010 per Whole course (International) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Wales) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,530 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Wales) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,010 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (EU) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,530 per Whole course (EU) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Scotland) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,010 per Whole course (Scotland) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (England) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (EU) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,530 per Whole course (England) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Wales) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,010 per Whole course (Wales) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (International) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (England) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,530 per Whole course (International) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (International) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,530 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (Scotland) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,530 per Whole course (Scotland) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (EU) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 8,730 per Whole course (EU) 9 months
Graduate Diploma - Grad Dip Full-time September 2017 GBP 10,890 per Whole course (Wales) 9 months

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