Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Postgraduate Diploma in Law / LLM Professional Law

Birmingham City University · School of Law

Entry requirements

Minimum Second Upper Class UK degree or international equivalent in any subject area. For International students, IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in each category), or equivalent will also be required for students whose first language is not English.

Months of entry


Course content

Don’t have a qualifying law degree, but want to pursue a career in either the legal profession or academia? Our Postgraduate Diploma in Law / LLM Professional Law course, which incorporates the Common Professional Examination, will provide you with a Master’s-level qualification and aid your career progression.

While most providers deliver the course at graduate level as the Common Professional Examination / Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), we have designed this course so that successful completion provides both a qualification at Master’s level and professional body accreditation.

If you don’t wish to undertake the full LLM, or do not require a postgraduate loan, we also offer a Common Practice Examination / Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL). However, you will not be able to get a postgraduate loan unless you enrol on the LLM version of the course.

Both the LLM and PGDL versions of the course are accredited by the Joint Academic Stage Board, which represents the Solicitors Regulatory Authority and the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales, and upon completion you are eligible to undertake the next stage of legal training (the Legal Practice course if you want to become a solicitor or the Bar Professional Training course if you want to become a barrister).

If you study full-time, you can complete either the LLM or the PGDL versions of the course in one calendar year.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
8 months
part time
16 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)121 331 5995