The Postgraduate Diploma will be of interest to those who are not in a position to undertake the entire LL.M programme but still wish to pursue the study of particular aspects of media law at a postgraduate level.
This diploma allows students to ‘tailor-make’ a programme to suit their own needs or interests. This qualification will be of particular interest to those who are graduates, recently qualified lawyers, journalists or other professionals who wish to pursue a course of study as part of their continuous professional development which will enhance their skills and employability.
The Postgraduate Diploma is awarded to those students who successfully achieve the necessary credit requirements (120 credits). As each taught module on the programme is worth 20 credits, students of this programme will graduate with the Postgraduate Certificate upon the successful completion of six modules chosen from the list below.
Course Start Date
Contact the Law Faculty for information on timetables
The University of the West of England, Bristol
The Admissions Office
Tel: 01 635 1184
One year full-time, two years part-time
EU Students: €4,570
Non-EU Students: €6,000. ( Payment plan options available)
EU Students: €4,570
Non-EU Students: €6,000.( Payment plan options available)
- Research Methods
- Defamation & the Media
- Freedom of Expression: Constitutional Perspectives
- Law of Privacy & Publicity
- Defamation: Practice & Procedure
- Intellectual Property Law and the Media
- Media Regulation
- Freedom of Information Law
*Module choices are offered subject to student numbers.
Following completion of this programme, graduates may wish to continue their study in order to be awarded the LL.M. Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma need only complete a 15,000 to 20,000 word thesis (60 credits) in order to graduate from the LL.M programme.
Modules are typically assessed by way of a written piece of coursework (approximately 3,000 words) and an unseen two-hour examination at the end of each semester (January and May).
What We Offer
Students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma will attend seminars in each of their chosen modules for two hours once per week.
Students are expected to prepare for seminars through reading and analysis of distributed material, readings from the indicative reading list and their own research. This process will develop the student’s knowledge and skills of critical analysis.
This preparation will allow an exchange of ideas to develop during seminars in order to delve deeper into the topic and aid the student’s broader understanding.
At least a lower second-class (2.2) degree in law or a related discipline or foreign equivalent or relevant work experience, including having held a position of responsibility relevant to the Postgraduate Diploma.
Where the applicant’s first language is not English, the applicant must also demonstrate proficiency in English: the minimum standard is British Council IELTS band 6.5, or TOEFL scores of 575 (paper-based), 232 (computer-based) or 89 (internet-based).
We welcome applications from those who do not have the entry requirements outlined here. The University will consider applications on the basis of evidence of personal, professional and educational experience which indicate an applicant's ability to meet the demands of the programme. We like to give such applicants every opportunity to show that they have the motivation and ability to succeed in their chosen programme of study.