Taught course

Law (Common Professional Examination)

Manchester Metropolitan University · Manchester Law School

Entry requirements

You should have an honours degree from the UK or the ROI. International students with a degree are eligible to apply as long as equivalence to a UK/ROI honours degree is demonstrated. International applicants or students without a degree but with work experience should contact law@mmu.ac.uk for further details on entry requirements. Due to the popularity of the GDL, preference is usually given to higher classifications. International students please see mmu.ac.uk/international or contact law@mmu.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

Designed for students who want the challenges and rewards of a legal career but don't have an undergraduate degree in law, or who have significant work experience but no formal qualifications, this programme will provide you with a thorough grounding in core legal areas. Those who have studied a non-law degree before converting can be particularly attractive to employers as they offer additional skills and experience.

Offering high levels of face-to-face teaching contact in lectures and seminars, and an open door policy for academic or pastoral advice, the environment is supportive and friendly. We also offer a Careers and Employability adviser to help you take the steps into a fulfilling legal career.

What you will study

You will begin by developing a strong understanding of the English Legal System, alongside an introduction to legal research and law-related information technology.

You will then move onto the Foundations of Legal Knowledge, a series of units that will introduce core legal concepts. This knowledge will lay the foundation for your future training at LPC or BPTC level and is fundamental to anyone working within the legal world. The Legal Skills and Practice module is specifically designed to help you to apply the law to practical scenarios and to bridge the gap between academic and professional study, particularly in the skill of mooting.


  • Contract
  • Tort
  • Legal Skills and Practice
  • Public Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Land Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • EU

These courses are delivered at the University’s purpose-built Law School by a highly experienced academic team from a range of professional backgrounds. Your tuition will be delivered through a variety of methods including lectures, workshops, directed learning and electronic learning.

There is the opportunity to expand your legal network through attendance at our guest speaker programme and to hone your legal skills through involvement in one of our voluntary legal work schemes that offer pro bono legal services to those who would otherwise be unable to access them.

The course runs from September to June but prior to this you will receive an induction pack, including a link to our online revision and self-testing resources. Our induction programme is designed to provide you with a sound understanding of the English legal system and an introduction to Manchester Law School and the facilities we offer.

For full-time students, the course operates a typical teaching week of 40-45 hours including an average of 13 hours face-to-face contact teaching time.

Part-time students learn via a mix of lectures, face-to-face workshops and online workshops. Classes are typically on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-9pm.

Special Features

  • Over 30 years of educating the professional legal community in Manchester and beyond.
  • Opportunity to gain valuable work experience and boost your CV with pro bono work.
  • Traditional tried and tested teaching methods concentrating on face-to-face, direct involvement with students.
  • 'Legal Skills and Practice’ unit to further prepare you for a career in law.
  • These courses are delivered at the purpose-built Law School by a highly experienced academic team from a range of professional backgrounds
  • Excellent value for money
  • Scholarships available (visit law.mmu.ac.uk/scholarships)

Further information on the study of law

Professional regulators in the legal sector are currently conducting an extensive consultation about legal education and training. This includes review about the routes and qualifications to become a solicitor or barrister. Some of the considerations include changing or ending existing routes, or opening new ones. The current routes of a qualifying law degree or the GDL, and the BPTC to become a barrister will remain in place until summer 2017. The current route of a qualifying law degree or GDL and LPC will remain in place until summer 2018.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board will make announcements after their consultations and reviews at the end of 2015. These decisions will then inform the different routes to qualification as a solicitor or barrister.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
UK/EU students please visit: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/2016/13384/
International students
Non-EU overseas students please visit: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/2016/13384/

Please check the Manchester Met website for more information on the tuition fees for each course. For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations75
Written coursework / continuous assessment25

Course contact details

GDL Course Enquiries
+44 (0)161 247 3049