Law PGDip - 2020 Entry

Entry Year

Full time 9 Month(s)

Course Overview

This diploma programme is an exciting first step for non-law graduates looking to learn about the law, or for those wishing to enhance their existing career by acquiring further legal knowledge and skills. It is taught by the research-active academics based in our Law School who will introduce you to their specialisms in International Law, International Relations, Human Rights Law, International Terrorism and the Law, and International Business and Corporate Law.

The PGDip is your chance to study a wide range of legal, jurisprudential and socio-legal issues, many of which are of global significance. It is also an opportunity to engage with teaching staff who are working within the field of legal research.

Our Law School is home to the Centre for Crime, Law and Justice, the Centre for Law and Society, and the Centre for Child and Family Justice; these influential centres underpin our postgraduate teaching, which is often research-led and research-informed.

Our teaching approach is international in scope and comparative by nature, and we actively encourage you to build a beneficial network of academics, peers and alumni during your time with us. All of this will help you to broaden your experience, deepen your understanding, and prepare for your next step.

You will study modules from the taught elements of our full LLM programmes, but will not submit a dissertation. This means you have the opportunity to study the core and optional modules from any of our LLM specialisms to suit your own development needs. We pride ourselves on the choice and breadth of the modules available, offering you access to expertise in relevant areas such as Intellectual Property Law, European Union Law, and International Environmental Law.

The PGDip is an exciting first step for non-law graduates looking to join the legal profession or those wishing to enhance their existing career by acquiring legal knowledge and skills. You will have the opportunity to develop the skills required to critically evaluate research relating to issues of global significance; those skills can be highly prized by employers in both the public and private sectors. You will also have the chance to develop your ability to analyse and communicate key information in a variety of formats, which can help you to build on your employability. The PGDip can also provide a bridge to higher level legal study and academia.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.


Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.



Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK/EU £5,950 n/a
Overseas £12,530 n/a

The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.

If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.

What are tuition fees for?

Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.

The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK, EU or overseas student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

What support is available towards tuition fees?

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.

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