Flexible Study (Laws) Sept start

Postgraduate Diploma (Variable 2-3 years Part-time )



September 2019 start: Monday 09 September 2019

January 2020 start: Monday 09 December 2019

The Postgraduate Diploma Flexible Study is a unique opportunity for students to experience and acquire a Postgraduate Diploma, tailor-made to suit individual needs and aspirations, without having to interrupt their career. The breadth of choice and flexibility on offer will make this programme of great interest to busy professionals wanting to develop and enhance their knowledge in their chosen areas of law.

Offered over a two to three year period, the Postgraduate Diploma Flexible Study offers the full range of the School of Law’s postgraduate modules, which can be studied in London, a combination of our international campuses and with distance learning modules.

Students can choose and blend their modules to acquire a Postgraduate Diploma on a flexible basis, giving unparalleled choice.

Key Features

  • Students can build their own Postgraduate Diploma over time to take into account professional and personal circumstances making it easier to work full time whilst studying
  • The Postgraduate Diploma Flexible Study brings together all of the postgraduate Diploma and LLM courses taught by the School of Law however and wherever they are delivered, giving unparalleled choice:
  • Approximately 150-200 Modules taught each year in London (a number of which are taught in the evening)
  • 35 of which are also available in Paris (taught intensively in blocks)
  • 6 of which are also taught in Piraeus (Shipping Law taught intensively in blocks)
  • Distance Learning Modules (International Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, and International Dispute Resolution, Mediation; Computer and Communications Law)
  • A Postgraduate Diploma Flexible Study can be studied over 2-3 years
  • A specialist or more general Postgraduate Diploma can be chosen
  • Opportunities for professional mentoring and internships are available.

Specialist Postgraduate Diplomas

For a named specialist award, students choose at least four modules from the individual specialism and the dissertation must be in a topic relevant to the specialism.

Specialisms currently offered are:

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Commercial and Corporate Law
  • Comparative and International Dispute Resolution
  • Competition Law
  • Computer and Communications Law
  • Criminal Justice
  • Energy and Natural Resources Law
  • Environmental Law
  • European Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Business Law
  • International Economic Law
  • International Shipping Law
  • Legal Theory
  • Media Law
  • Medical Law
  • Public International Law
  • Tax Law

For more information on module options for specialisation please visit the LLM pages.

Why study 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.

We offer the UK’s largest LLM programme with 22 specialisms that provide you with an exceptionally broad and liberal learning experience. In response to the demands of our students’ needs we run Interactive distance learning programmes in the fields of Arbitration, Mediation, and Computer and Communications Law, which allow flexible learning, regular interaction with staff and fellow students, and an optional residential weekend.

The Postgraduate Law Centre and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) are located in the centre of the main legal district in London, Lincoln’s Inn Fields. This area is home to numerous barristers’ chambers and law firms, and is a short walk from the Royal Courts of Justice which house the Court of Appeal and the High Court.

Our commitment to the international outlook of the school has led us to develop innovative programmes outside the UK and establish highly valued partnerships overseas.

Since its launch, the LLM in Paris programme has created an opportunity for students to register for a QMUL degree in International Business Law or specialise in: Banking and Finance Law; Energy and Natural Resources Law; Intellectual Property Law or International Dispute Resolution and Economic Law.

Delivered at the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP), classes are taught by QMUL academics with guest lectures from leading practitioners.

The International Shipping Law LLM (Piraeus) is taught at the Hellenic Management Centre (HMC), in Piraeus, Greece, by QMUL academics.

There is a very high rate of employment of our students within six months of graduation.

We have dedicated law careers advisers who organise events and internship opportunities with top UK and international law firms.

We offer a Critical Thinking and Writing in Law programme designed to improve your writing and research in law skills.

You will be able to take part in networking and social events run by the Queen Mary Postgraduate Law Society and upon graduating join our extensive alumni network.


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. The Graduate Centre at Mile End campus will also provide work areas and social spaces tailored specifically to the needs and working patterns of postgraduate students.

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, databases and collections.

Queen Mary provides free access to extensive online databases and collections including:

  • Lexis
  • Nexis
  • Westlaw
  • Justis
  • Eur-lex
  • Hein-Online
  • Business Source Complete
  • Index to Legal Periodicals
  • International Court of Justice Reports
  • Kluwer Arbitration
  • Oxford Scholarship Online (Law)
  • Reports of Patent, Design and Trademark Cases
  • UK Statute law database
  • United Nations Treaty Collection.

In addition to the Queen Mary Library and the British Library, postgraduate students are 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.

Those students studying our Paris LLM modules at the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) premises in central Paris, have access to a library, computing and printing facilities, as well as a café and space in which to meet up outside of classes. You will be able to access WiFi in all of these areas. The ULIP library, which looks out over the Esplanade des Invalides, holds a number of the most prominent textbooks. You will also have access to local libraries, including the nearby Sciences Po law library.

The LLM in International Shipping Law in Piraeus, Greece is taught at the Hellenic Management Centre (HMC), which is one of the largest maritime training centres in Greece. Students studying modules at the Centre will have access to a library, computing and printing facilities and WiFi access in all areas. They will also have also access to local libraries, specifically, Laskarides Library, which has an extensive Maritime Section.

Like all registered students at Queen Mary University of London Paris, Piraeus and Distance Learning LLM have easy access to the full range of electronic resources, as referred above.

For more information about the programme please email:
PGDiploma-LLM-Flexible@qmul.ac.uk or Call: +44 (0)20 7882 3609


The Postgraduate Diploma Flexible Study gives students access to all of the modules currently being offered by the School of Law, wherever they are taught and by whatever method.

It comprises of existing modules from:

Students can enrol for a September or January start. Over the course of two to three years hey will build up 120 credits, of which 30 credits must be dissertation. A minimum of 45 credits must be taken each year of study for September starters and for the January intakie. Modules must be chosen at the beginning of each academic year for the academic year ahead. You should be aware that London lectures are held both during the day and in the evening. In exceptional circumstances, a break in study can be requested.


The time allowed to study this Diploma is from two to three years.

The Postgraduate Diploma Flexible Study requires the successful completion of 120 credits, which can be completed by a combination of the following:

  • London, Paris and Piraeus Modules – 15 or 30 credits
  • Distance Learning Modules 15 
  • One or two dissertations of 10,000 words (30 credits per dissertation).

A dedicated programme administrator will work with students to ensure that their module diet:

  • contains no duplication of study of modules
  • that sufficient credits are taken across relevant modules to ensure a specialist LLM is achieved if wished.

UK immigration permission

It is students’ responsibility to ensure that you hold immigration permission that allows you to study. As this is a part-time programme, QMUL cannot sponsor a Tier 4 immigration application. You may be able to apply for Short-Term Student immigration permission, but we have been advised by the Home Office that you would only be able to stay in the UK for a maximum total of six months during your programme. Please note that the exam period is in Semester 3 from May to June. This may mean that you are unable to choose certain module configurations. For more information, please see the QMUL Advice and Counselling Service guide “What Immigration permission do I need to study at Queen Mary?”.

    Entry requirements

    Law graduates

    The usual qualification for entry to the Postgraduate Diploma Flexible Study programme is a degree in law, or a degree with a substantial law content, of at least 2.1 honours (or equivalent). Law graduates with 2.2 honours who also have other legal qualifications and/or substantial professional legal experience may also qualify.

    Non-law graduates

    Non-law graduates with a minimum second class honours degree, that have also obtained a Merit (or 60 per cent) in the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) recognised by the UK professional bodies, may also qualify. Non-law graduates may also be considered on the basis of exceptional professional experience (of at least five years) in a legal area or an area directly related to their programme of study.

    In all cases, a full online application is required in order for a fair assessment and decision to be made. Each application is considered on its merits and on sight of full application documents.

    A full and detailed CV is required for all applications and is particularly relevant where professional experience needs to 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 of the English language entry requirements for postgraduate law programmes.

    Learning and teaching

    As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. 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 and group exercises as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You will have a team of advisers to support you, including the LLM and Research Directors, your dissertation supervisor and tutors and your module convenors.

    Independent Study

    For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on, formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

    The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

    Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


    You will be assessed by a mixture of formal examinations and coursework in the taught modules, followed by more self-directed work on your 10,000-word dissertation.

    For Distance learning, each module assessment will vary and consist of assessed tasks/assignments, a module essay and final assessment exercise (take-home exam).


    You will also complete a dissertation of 10,000-words. There is an option to complete a second 10,000 word dissertation in lieu of 30 credits of taught modules.


    Tuition fees for Home and EU students

    2019/20 Academic Year
    Variable £5,050 (per annum over two years)

    Tuition fees for International students

    2019/20 Academic Year
    Variable £7,400(per annum over two years)

    (If fees are paid over two years, an inflationary increase may be applied to the fees in year two.)


    There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

    These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

    Please note: If you are studying over 50% of your UK Masters outside of the UK, i.e. Paris or Piraeus, then you will not be eligible for a loan from the Student Loan Company.



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