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Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #154 (QS) ,
An intensive conversion course to law for non-law graduates. You will study the English and Welsh Legal System, Contract Law, Criminal Law, Equity & Trusts, EU Law, Land Law, Public Law and Tort. You will also research a topic and submit an extended essay on it at the end of your study.


The Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) offers intensive, graduate-level legal studies to students who already possess a degree in a non-law subject and wish to qualify as solicitors or barristers.

As the course is recognised by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority as satisfying the academic stage of legal training, the GDL allows a full-time student to complete this stage in one year instead of the two or three years normally required for a qualifying law degree.

After successful completion of the GDL, you may progress to the professional stage of legal training, either the Bar Professional Training Course or the Legal Practice Course, either of which may be studied at the School of Law and Politics.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • English and Welsh Legal System
  • Extended Essay
  • Criminal Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • EU Law
  • Land Law
  • Public Law
  • Tort
  • Contract

                Detailed Programme Facts

                • Programme intensity Full-time
                  • Full-time duration 12 months
                • Languages
                  • English
                • Delivery mode
                  On Campus

                English Language Requirements

                You need the following IELTS score:

                • Minimum required score:


                  The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                General Requirements

                The usual academic requirement is an Honours Degree from a UK University in a non-law subject, Class 2.2 or above. Applicants from overseas or with non-standard qualifications must apply for a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board (if you are planning on qualifying as a barrister).

                Applicants must meet the Academic Requirements set out above and Cardiff University’s general entrance requirements. Subject to those, the following criteria will be taken into account:

                • academic record;
                • the applicant’s personal statement ;
                • reference from the applicant’s referee.

                Tuition Fee

                • International

                  16350 GBP/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 16350 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                • National

                  8350 GBP/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 8350 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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                Living costs for Cardiff

                • 628 - 1070 GBP/month
                  Living Costs

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