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Cardiff University

Cardiff is one of Britain’s major teaching and research universities. Located in the centre of the capital city of Wales, it has an international reputation for the quality of its work which attracts staff and students from around the world.

The student population is drawn from a variety of backgrounds, with students attracted from throughout Wales, the rest of the UK and worldwide. International students comprise some 17 per cent of the total student population.

Unusual for a civic university, most of the University’s student residential accommodation is within easy walking distance of lecture theatres, libraries and the students’ union.

The University is the largest provider of adult education in Wales, with the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning providing several hundred courses in venues across South East Wales. The University’s lifelong learning activities also encompass the professional development work carried out by schools for employers, and many of these courses are custom-made to suit an individual company’s needs. The Centre also offers business language training at all levels.

The University is one of the largest employers in Cardiff, with a staff of some 5,500 and is a substantial purchaser of goods and services, making a major contribution to the prosperity of the region. Academic expertise and research facilities are used to advantage by industry and commercial partners, government bodies and other organisations.

The law school

Cardiff Law School has an international reputation for its teaching and offers a range of undergraduate programmes, from the traditional LLB law degree to programmes in Law and Politics, Law and Sociology, Law and Criminology, Law and Welsh, and four-year schemes in Law and French and Law and German.

The school also offers a number of postgraduate taught and research programmes through our Postgraduate Centre, as well as professional courses such as the Bar Vocational Course and Legal Practice Course through the Centre for Professional Legal Studies.

The school attracts students from around the globe, making the Law School a culturally diverse and friendly environment in which to study.

The school is especially committed to promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities, including those relating to student recruitment, selection and admission.

Tuition fees

UK & EU Full Time Student Fees are approximately

International Full Time Student Fees are approximately
payable in 3 instalments

Entry Requirements

You will need a good Honours degree in Law (2:2 or equivalent), although other appropriate qualifications will be considered. If your first language is not English, you must obtain a score of at least 6.5 in IELTS (with no less than 6.0 in any element), or 580 (paper-based), 237 (computer-based), 90 (internet-based) in TOEFL or equivalent.

The Program

Cardiff Law School offers a flexible Masters programme, giving you the opportunity to choose from non-specialised and specialised routes of study on a full or part-time basis.

They currently offer the following routes of study:

* Canon Law
* European Legal Studies
* Governance and Devolution (*subject to validation)
* Human Rights Law
* International Commercial Law
* Legal Aspects of Medical Practice
* Social Care Law
* Law (non-specialised)


You select four modules from the wide choice available and study them from September to May. For the specialised routes at least two of these modules must be chosen from the module list for that route.

You complete a 15,000 word dissertation with staff supervision over the summer months on a legal topic of particular interest to you. For the specialised routes, this topic must be of relevance to your chosen route. In all cases dissertation choice depends on staff supervision being available. Full-time students submit their dissertation in September; part-time students submit in December.

In addition to the four modules, you will study the Postgraduate Research Skills and Support module. This teaches the essential skills of research and legal writing and will help you to develop the research agenda for your written work and dissertation.

Students who successfully pass all four modules and the dissertation will be eligible for the award of the degree of Master of Laws with, for those who have followed one of the specialist routes, the name of that route included.

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