Postgraduate Diploma ( 2 years Part-time )


Deadline for applications

Deadlines for Home/EU and International Applicants are available on the Taught Postgraduate application deadline page.

A wide range of subjects are available for study within the general Diploma in Law programme, allowing specialisation in a field of your choosing. The programme focuses on high-level learning on specific issues of current professional and commercial significance, and draws on the strengths of School of Law staff, visiting lecturers and practitioners.

The programme is particularly suitable for professionals who seek education and training in specialist fields of law.

If you wish to specialise in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution you must register for the specific PG Diploma in International Dispute Resolution-Arbitration or PG Diploma in International Dispute Resolution-Mediation.

This programme will:

  • Allow you to specialise in an area of your choosing.
  • Provide a conceptual overview of the subject and allow in depth discussion and debate about topical and controversial issues.
  • Enable you to learn from, engage and network with academics and practitioners who are leading experts in their field.
  • Allow you to enhance your existing knowledge while you are in full-time employment.

Why study your Postgraduate Diploma in Law at Queen Mary?

The School of Law has consistently been ranked in the top 10 law schools in the UK for the quality of our research and teaching, and many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.

  • The Postgraduate Law Centre is conveniently located in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, the legal district of London.
  • Many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry, regulatory authorities and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.
  • Many of the modules are taught between 4-6pm and 6-8pm weekdays.
  • You will be able to take advantage of range of generic and specialist networking and careers events.


You will have access to facilities and equipment at the Postgraduate School of Law Centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields, which comprises workstations, wireless internet access, projectors and a common room. You will also have access to the Lock-keeper's Cottage Graduate Centre at the Mile End campus.

As well as housing the Law Library and a European Documentation Centre, the Queen Mary Library at Mile End provides access to all the main British, European and international textbooks, law reports and periodicals and also offers one of the best commercial law collections in the country. Through the University of London College network, students have access to an unrivalled range of electronic law journals and databases.

Queen Mary provides free access to 84 law databases including: LexisNexis, Westlaw, Justis, Eur-lex, Hein-Online, Business Source Complete, Index to Legal Periodicals, International Court of Justice Reports, Kluwer Arbitration, Lawtel, Oxford Scholarship Online (Law), Reports of Patent, Design and Trademark Cases, UK Statute law database and the United Nations Treaty Collection.

In addition to the Queen Mary Library and the British Library, you will be able to access the well-stocked law library at the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS). The Institute, located at Russell Square, a few minutes’ walk from Lincoln’s Inn Fields, is one of the major law libraries worldwide. You will also have access to the University of London Library at Senate House.


Programme outline

You must complete 90 credits of taught modules, plus one 30 credit 10,000 word dissertation over a two-year period. Students normally attend 60 credits of taught modules in their first year and then take their final 30 credits taught and submit their dissertation in their second year. Taught modules for a general Diploma may be selected from any of the wide range of modules offered to LLM students.


If you want your Diploma award to carry a specialisation (eg PG Diploma in Tax Law or PG Diploma in Medical Law) you must select your taught courses and your dissertation topic from within the same area of law as the study programmes on the LLM.

If you want to specialise in International Dispute Resolution you must apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in International Dispute Resolution.


    Entry requirements

    You should have an upper second class (2.1) honours degree in law (or with law as a major element) from a British university. Equivalent professional qualifications and experience will also be considered.

    International applicants:

    Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details on our English language entry requirements.

    If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.


    Learning and teaching

    Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary. Diploma students are taught alongside LLM students.

    Where will my lectures and seminars be held?

    Teaching is based at the School of Law's postgraduate centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields (nearest Underground station: Holborn). Depending on the courses you take, you may also have classes at the Mile End Campus (nearest Underground stations: Mile End and Stepney Green) or the University of London's Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (nearest Underground stations: Russell Square, Euston and Euston Square) or Charterhouse Square (nearest Underground station: Barbican).

    The sample LLM teaching timetable will give you some idea of the different locations used for teaching. This is a sample only and venues and times/days can change from year to year. The LLM teaching timetable is given to students during the induction period (after enrolment).


    Taught modules are assessed by written exams and in certain cases, combined exams and short essays, plus a dissertation.


    You will also produce a research paper of 10,000-words.



    Tuition fees for Home and EU students

    2020/21 Academic Year

    Part time £5,350

    Tuition fees for International students

    2020/21 Academic Year

    Part time £8,000

    Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.

    This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.


    Diploma in Law students are not eligible for Queen Mary funding.



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