Taught course


Queen Mary, University of London · Centre for Commercial Law Studies - CCLS

Entry requirements

You should have an upper second class (2.1) honours degree in law (or with law as a major element) from a British university. Equivalent professional qualifications and experience will also be considered. International applicants: Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary.

For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details on our English language entry requirements. If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Months of entry


Course content

A wide range of subjects are available for study within the general Diploma in Law programme, allowing specialisation in a field of your choosing. The programme focuses on high-level learning on specific issues of current professional and commercial significance, and draws on the strengths of School of Law staff, visiting lecturers and practitioners.

The programme is particularly suitable for professionals who seek education and training in specialist fields of law.

If you wish to specialise in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution you must register for the specific PG Diploma in International Dispute Resolution-Arbitration or PG Diploma in International Dispute Resolution-Mediation.

This programme will:

  • Allow you to specialise in an area of your choosing.
  • Provide a conceptual overview of the subject and allow in depth discussion and debate about topical and controversial issues.
  • Enable you to learn from, engage and network with academics and practitioners who are leading experts in their field.
  • Allow you to enhance your existing knowledge while you are in full-time employment.

Programme Outline

You must complete two taught modules, plus one 10,000 word dissertation over a two-year period. Students normally attend one taught module in their first year and then take a second module and submit their dissertation in their second year. Taught modules for a general Diploma may be selected from any of the wide range of modules offered to LLM students. For more information visit our website


If you want your Diploma award to carry a specialisation (eg PG Diploma in Tax Law or PG Diploma in Medical Law) you must select both your taught courses and your dissertation topic from within the same area of law as the study programmes on the LLM.

If you want to specialise in International Dispute Resolution you must apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in International Dispute Resolution.

Information for international students

Tuition fees for International students

2014 entry

Part time £6,550

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2014 entry
Part time £4,500

This course in not eligible for Queen Mary funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Law
+44 (0)20 7882 8093