Legal and Constitutional Studies (PGDip/MLitt) 2020 entry
The PGDip/MLitt in Legal and Constitutional Studies is an interdisciplinary programme in which students can construct an individually tailored degree with a primary focus in legal history or international law, or they can pursue an integrated, interdisciplinary, degree.
Postgraduate, leading to a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or a Master of Letters (MLitt)
- Start date: 7 September 2020
- End date: 30 June 2021 (PGDip) or 30 September 2021 (MLitt)
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
10 months full time (PGDip); one year full time or two years part time (MLitt)
- A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a subject-related area. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
UK and EU: £9,450
Wednesday 12 August 2020. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
- personal statement (optional)
- sample of academic written work (2,000 words)
- two original signed academic references
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2019–2020 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2020 entry.
In the first semester, you will take the following compulsory module:
- The Idea of Law: introduces fundamental concepts, questions and analytical frameworks relevant to legal, historical and constitutional research.
You will also choose two additional modules from the lists below. These modules may be subject to a maximum number of participants (students will be asked to indicate their first and second choices).
You will choose one of the following:
- Approaches to Legal History: a grounding in particularly influential authors and works on the history of law.
- Approaches to International Law: underlying philosophical issues arising from the nature and practice of international law.
You will also choose one of the following:
- Sources and Source Criticism: an introduction to medieval sources, suitable for those intending to work on medieval legal history.
- Latin for Medieval Studies 1 and 2: classes are offered at beginner, intermediate and advanced level, so students take the class most appropriate to their needs.
The structure and modules of Semester 1 may be subject to change for 2020 entry.
In the second semester, you will take the following compulsory module:
- Comparative Studies in Legal and Constitutional Research: a forum for students to develop, present and write on a particular field or topic, drawing on methodological ideas from Semester 1 modules.
- Special Topic in Legal and Constitutional Studies (2): provides students with the opportunity for detailed research and tuition within a specialised field of their choice.
You will also choose one additional module from the list below. These modules may be subject to a maximum number of participants (students will be asked to indicate their first and second choices).
You will choose one of the following:
- Comparative Studies in Legal History: a forum for students to develop, present and write on a particular field or topic.
- Global Constitutionalism: explores legal and political thought leading to constitutionalism through a range of approaches.
Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation of not more than 15,000 words must be submitted by a date specified in August.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MLitt. Students may apply to undertake the PGDip instead of the MLitt from the outset of their application.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2020 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.