Canon Law (PgCert/PgDip/LLM)
1 year, via Distance Learning (full-time) / 2 years, via Distance Learning (part-time) / either full or part-time (distance / e-Learning)
Introduced in 1991, the LLM Canon Law is the first degree of its type at a British University since the Reformation. The LLM in Canon Law provides an opportunity for critical appraisal of Ecclesiastical Law in the context of relevant national and international law. The course works out of an inter-disciplinary perspective, with a teaching staff drawn from the fields of legal studies, theology, philosophy and ethics.
This course has relevance for practising lawyers, those involved in the administration of church law, and academics who recognize the cutting-edge nature of disciplined research in the conjunction of religion and law.
- Taught by means of lectures and seminars across a total of eight residential weekends usually held at St Michael’s College, Llandaff, Cardiff.
- Active engagement with the prestigious Centre for Law and Religion at the School, established in 1998 and with the Ecclesiastical Law Society, established in 1987.
The LLM Canon Law provides an opportunity for postgraduate study in the canon law of the churches of the Worldwide Anglican Communion, particularly that of the Church of England, and the Roman Catholic Church and the law of the State applicable to these churches.
The degree, a response to the practical need for scholarly study of church law, provides academic training, but with a substantial emphasis on practical application. The degree is research-led and has attracted students of the highest quality, including secular and ecclesiastical judges, university academics, barristers, solicitors and clergy from both the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches from around the world.
The Canon Law programmes comprise four modules:
- Conceptual Foundations and Historical Development of Canon Law
- Doctrine, Liturgy and Rites in Canon Law
- Government and Ministry in Canon Law
- The Interface of Canon Law and Civil Law
Please note that modules may be subject to change from time to time.
Alongside the LLM route, this programme is also available as a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) and Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) Canon Law.
Postgraduate Certificate Canon Law (PgCert)
The Canon Law programme is also available as a stand-alone Postgraduate Certificate target qualification and is aimed at students who may not be able to commit to the requirements of the full LLM programme.
The structure of the Postgraduate Certificate provides a high degree of flexibility for students as this qualification can be used for admission with advanced standing to either the Diploma or LLM. In addition, students registered on the Certificate can request a transfer to the Diploma or LLM.
Students must complete any two of the four modules available.
Module selection will determine whether the Certificate is completed in one or two academic years.
Postgraduate Diploma Canon Law (PgDip)
The Canon Law programme is also available as a stand-alone Postgraduate Diploma target qualification and is aimed at students who may not be able to commit to the requirements of the full LLM programme.
The structure of the Postgraduate Diploma in Canon Law provides a high degree of flexibility for students as this qualification can be used for admission with advanced standing to the LLM. In addition, students registered on the Diploma can request a transfer to the LLM.
All four modules are compulsory. Students must complete two modules per academic year.
LLM Canon Law
All four modules are compulsory. Students must complete two modules per academic year. Students must also complete a dissertation (not exceeding 15,000 words).
Teaching Methods & Assessment
Teaching methods comprise a mix of lectures and seminars which are delivered across two residential weekends, individual and joint written and oral presentations and distance learning. All modules are supported by extensive IT provision available on and off campus. Modules are typically led by staff actively engaged in research relevant to their subject matter. Each module is assessed by a 5,000 word essay or another approved method.
For further details, please see the LLM Canon Law page on the School website.
The course is suitable for those who practise or are involved in the administration of church law and for those wishing to pursue an interest in this developing field of legal scholarship.
Applicants should have a good Honours degree in Law (2:2 or equivalent), although other appropriate qualifications will be considered.
In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other components, or an equivalent English language qualification.
Early application is recommended. Please see our how to apply pages for more information.
Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
Tuition Fees 2016/17 Distance Learning LLM
Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.
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Next intake: September each year
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