Postgraduate Diploma On Campus

DPLP - Professional Legal Practice

University of Aberdeen

9 months
8900 GBP/year
8900 GBP/year
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The DPLP - Professional Legal Practice programme of the University of Aberdeen is a practical transaction-based learning programme that aims to prepare suitably qualified graduates for legal practice in Scotland.


At a Glance

The DPLP satisfies the requirements of Professional Education and Training Stage 1 (PEAT 1) of the professional training programme for solicitors in Scotland. Completion of PEAT 1 is required for entry into the legal profession in Scotland. The Diploma is taught over the academic year, across two semesters and classes take place during business hours between 9.00am and 6.00pm. All students must complete and pass the four core courses: Conveyancing, Private Client, Litigation, Business Environment and Ethics, and the reflective diary exercises in semester one before progressing to the elective courses in semester two. The DPLP - Professional Legal Practice programme of the University of Aberdeen starts in September with a comprehensive induction programme focusing on skill based exercises including negotiation, interviewing and team working. Designed to give an insight into real world legal practice, the induction includes a visit to Aberdeen Sheriff Court with talks by a Sheriff, Fiscal and legal professionals, plus the opportunity to attend court proceedings.

In the second semester 4 elective courses are chosen from a comprehensive list (please see course information), enabling you to tailor your study to your interests and needs. Detailed information on the elective courses is provided in November prior to selecting courses.

Across the two semesters the transaction based learning approach enables you to build on your knowledge and skills week by week. The course content is centred around a number of different activities including interactive seminars, role play and group work. The programme structure and exercises seek to replicate real life legal practice to ensure your transition into the working world is as seamlessly as possible.


Diploma graduates from the University of Aberdeen have been successful in securing traineeships in a range of firms and organisations including the GLSS, local authorities, the large central belt and Aberdeen based firms and smaller local firms. 90% of our 2015/16 Graduates were in employment 6 months after completing the Diploma.

Aberdeen Graduates are highly sought after. Throughout the year we welcome speakers from a range of law firms who want to meet and engage with students seeking traineeships. The Careers and Employability Service holds an annual law fair, where law firms and employers provide information about their traineeships and employment opportunities.

The University Careers and Employability Service has two dedicated Law Careers advisers and is happy to help you make career plans and decisions and find traineeships and placements including providing feedback about your applications and CVs. The advisers will also help with preparing and practising for interviews, psychometric tests and assessment centres.

We also run a very successful Career Mentoring programme which selectively pairs student applicants with a suitable mentor who will meet informally with them throughout the year and offer guidance and advice. This programme supports several evening receptions hosted by firms which provide a valuable opportunity for students to mix informally with members of the profession.

Career Opportunities

  • Lawyer

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Conveyancing
  • Private Client
  • Litigation
  • Business Environment and Ethics
  • Advanced Civil Litigation
  • Corporate Finance and Acquisition

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 9 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Aberdeen University graduates must have passes in the following:

  • Legal System
  • Legal Method
  • Criminal Law
  • Foundations of Private Law
  • Contract
  • Public Law & Human Rights
  • Delict and Unjustified Enrichment
  • EU Institutions & Law
  • The Law of Property
  • Family Law
  • Commercial Organisations & Insolvency
  • Succession and Trusts
  • Introduction to Legal Theory
  • Evidence
  • Commercial and Consumer Contracts

Admission will be based on and take consideration of:

  • Overall class of undergraduate degree
  • Marks obtained in the Law Society's professional subjects at first sitting
  • Overall number of subjects not achieved at undergraduate level
  • Any other qualifications (undergraduate and/or postgraduate)
  • Special circumstances
  • Possession of a traineeship
  • English Language Requirements

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8900 GBP per year during 9 months.
  • National

    8900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8900 GBP per year during 9 months.

Living costs for Aberdeen

729 - 1069 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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