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Continuing Professional Development in Law (CPD)

One academic semester per module (3-4 months) (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims

The Law School offers a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme for professionals interested in studying Masters level modules as single units.

The CPD Programme is designed for busy professionals already committed to a career path, not necessarily in law, and enables students to pace their studies according to their own professional commitments.

The programme offers a flexible study format. Students may choose to study one unit only, thereby earning one LLM unit, or they may wish to go further and obtain a full LLM by successfully completing four modular units and a dissertation.

Special Features

Course Description

All legal professionals need to keep their generic skills and knowledge up to date and can benefit from participating in the range of CPD activities and resources provided by Cardiff Law School.

Cardiff Law School offers 30 Masters Level Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules in the areas of International Commercial Law, EU Law, Human Rights Law, Social Care Law and Law & Governance. All CPD modules are fully verified by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority as well as other relevant professional organisations. Modules are open to all legal professionals, but also those from other backgrounds relevant to the modules that they wish to pursue.

Modules are normally taught over 10 weeks through a mixture of directed and online learning. Directed learning takes place at weekly 2-3 hour sessions at Cardiff Law School, conveniently situated in Cathays Park in central Cardiff.

On successful completion of each module students receive a Cardiff Law School CPD Award worth 30 credits at M level. Credits may be accumulated and count towards an LLM award should students decide to further their study and apply to one of Cardiff Law School’s popular LLM routes.

Available Modules

Facilities and Resources

Library and IT Support

General computing support is provided by the University’s Computing Centre and Libraries, with which the School’s computing services are closely linked. University Computing Services are available at a number of locations on a 24-hour basis and CPD students have the additional benefit of the IT facilities provided via the Graduate Centre.

Cardiff has an outstanding Law Library with over 100,000 volumes and subscriptions to over 200 current periodicals and law reports. It is conveniently located in the Arts and Social Studies Library, opposite the Law Building. Students can borrow up to 12 books at any one time, with a standard loan period of up to three weeks. Heavily demanded books, such as recommended texts, may be borrowed for shorter periods. The library is fully computerised, enabling you to locate books online, check availability, place reservations and review your account. Selfservice photocopiers, laser printers and a full graphics service are also available.

In addition, electronic databases and retrieval systems, such as Westlaw UK, Lexis®Library and HeinOnline, facilitate access to many other major reports and journals.

Teaching and learning

For all modules, students are encouraged to work independently to seek out legal materials for themselves, to read and analyse these materials critically and to present structured and reasoned argument under the guidance of their tutors and supervisors. Although there are some lectures in several of the modules, teaching is mainly carried out through seminars. Students will be set, and are required to read, materials relevant to each module in advance of the teaching sessions. These form the basis of lectures, seminars, and workshops.


Upon its completion each module is assessed by means of an essay (minimum 5,000 words). The seminars and workshops that comprise the arrangements for teaching and learning in each module give all students the opportunity to develop their understanding of its subject matter. In addition, students will be given opportunities to complete formative (non-assessed) work on which they will be given written feedback.


Entry Requirements

UK Honours Degree at second class honours or above, or a qualification recognised by the University at equivalent. Applicants may qualify for admission if they possess a non-graduate qualification deemed by Cardiff University to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of admission to postgraduate study, or if their lack of formal qualifications is compensated for by relevant work experience. In determining whether any candidate shall be admitted to the course, individual applicants’ work experience will be considered in addition to formal qualifications.

When to apply

Once you have decided that you wish to apply for a CPD programme at Cardiff Law School, we recommend that you submit your application form to us as soon as possible. Applications to October modules should normally be submitted before the end of August in the year of entry and for February modules before the end of December in the preceding year.

Submitting your application

You will need to complete a paper-based application form with an Equality Monitoring Form, and two completed Referee Report Forms or reference letters. These should be sent to Postgraduate Admissions at the address on this page. To download and print these forms and for more information on the CPD application process, please see the Law School's website.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Postgrad Office Cardiff Law School  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6102 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4097 


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