Entry requirements

A first- or second-class undergraduate honours degree.

Months of entry


Course content

This degree enables graduates in disciplines other than law to obtain the legal qualification for admission to professional courses leading to the Bar Professional Training Course or the Legal Practice Course and subsequent qualification as a barrister or solicitor.

Successful candidates will receive a Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Sussex. The Diploma satisfies all the requirements of the Joint Academic Stage Board of the Bar and Solicitors Regulation Authority for completing the academic stage of professional legal training.


Foundation modules are assessed by a combination of coursework, essay and unseen examination.

Course structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Module List.

This distinctive and stimulating full-time degree consists of the seven foundation subjects of law – contract, criminal law, equity, land law, law and policy of the EU, law of tort, and public (constitutional and administrative) law.

For your eighth subject, you have the opportunity to explore a subject of your choice, drawn from the wide range of areas in which Sussex Law School can provide expert supervision, to produce a 6,000-8,000-word dissertation.

All modules are taught by a combination of lectures and seminars delivered by Law faculty.

Information for international students

Please visit: International qualifications for Masters courses or Fees and Scholarships.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see our website
International students
Please see our website

Please visit our website for latest fees information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/2017/law-politics-and-sociology/graduate-diploma-in-law-gdl-common-professional-examination-cpe-pgdip

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: Masters scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment
+44 (0)1273 678655