Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)/Common Professional Examination (CPE) PGDip

Key information

Duration:
10 months full time
Start date:
September 2019
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

This is a highly rewarding, intensive, fast-track qualification. Our course meets the requirements of the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and can set you on the road to qualification as a barrister, solicitor or other legal professional.

You have the opportunity to take part in activities such as:

  • client interviewing
  • mock trials
  • mooting
  • negotiating.

You’ll be able to hone your legal practice skills. You also have the chance to enter national and international competitions, to enhance your curriculum vitae and widen your professional network.

Why choose this course?

  • Learn from today’s leading lawyers – our world-leading research underpins our teaching.
  • Prepare for your future career – our GDL is designed with skills training at their core, enabling you to think logically about legal problems.
  • Discover what interests you most – Sussex Law School provides a truly international, stimulating and engaging learning environment for you to build a rich base of knowledge.
I was was looking for a place to help me achieve my academic goals and experience living abroad in an amazing city. Sussex truly gave me both.”Hamad Nourmohammadian
Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)/Common Professional Examination (CPE)

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of at least 6.0-7.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 2.5/4.0 (Grade C+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second class lower division or GPA 2.7/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 4.5-5.0/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of at least 62%-80% depending on your university.

As evidence of completing your degree you must provide both a Degree Certificate and Graduation Certificate.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad’ and a GPA of 3.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 6.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 15/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of at least 70%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention assez bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 12.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.7 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 6.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of at least 50-65% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from an 'A' accredited university with GPA 2.8/4.0. 

Bachelors degree from a 'B' accredited university with GPA 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 14.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 101.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 3.75 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 2,67.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 or 13/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.7/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 70%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class lower division or CGPA of at least 2.5-3.0/5.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of C.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 55%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with at least 70% or GPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 12-15 / 20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 1.75/5.0 (where 1 is the highest) or 3.5/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 2.8 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.0/5.0 or 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division or CAP 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 2.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA of at least 3.0/4.5 or 2.8/4.3 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4 or 6/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with lower second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 4.5/6 or 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of at least 65%-75% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.5 -2.8/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 2.6 - 2.8/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or 7.0/10.

As evidence of completing your degree you must provide both proof of graduation in addition to your transcript.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language (Grade 5 or above in GCSE from 2017).

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Grades A - C in English language

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 1119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-6 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades A1-C6 (1-6) in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirement. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this, we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries: 

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board

If you have a non-UK degree and intend to practise as a barrister you must have a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board.

How to apply

We will publish the application route for 2019 entry on this page when details are available. 

Applications for 2018 entry must be made through the Central Applications Board.

Personal statement

Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Course details

How will I study?

You’ll learn through core modules. Assessment includes exams, essays and a dissertation.

The Sussex GDL offers the rare opportunity to undertake a dissertation project. This allows you to benefit from the University’s excellent research reputation, to research and write in-depth about a subject of your choice, with support and advice from your supervisor and the course team.

Modules

These modules are running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Please note

Certificate and Diploma programs at the University of Sussex are not eligible for USA federal Direct Loans. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

Our experts

Dr Stephanie Berry

Dr Stephanie Berry

Senior Lecturer in Public Law

Research interests

Freedom of Religion, International human rights, Minority Rights, Public international law, The European convention on human rights

View Stephanie Berry's profile

Dr Kimberley Brayson

Dr Kimberley Brayson

Lecturer in Law

Research interests

Critical Legal Theory, Feminist Legal Studies, Jurisprudence/Philosophy Of Law, The European convention on human rights

View Kimberley Brayson's profile

Dr Philip Bremner

Dr Philip Bremner

Lecturer in Tort Law

Research interests

Assisted Reproduction, Comparative Family Law, Comparative Law, Cross-border family law, EU Law, Family (especially child) law, Gender and Sexuality, legal theory, LGBTQ+ Legal Issues, Mental Health Law, Private international law, Research design and methodology, Same-Sex Parenting, Sexuality and the law, Socio Legal Studies, Surrogacy, Tort Law

View Philip Bremner's profile

Prof Jo Bridgeman

Prof Jo Bridgeman

Professor of Healthcare Law & Feminist Ethics

Research interests

critiques of rights, family and parental responsibility, feminist perspectives on law, Healthcare Law and Ethics, Legal regulation of children's health, Responsibilities to children

View Jo Bridgeman's profile

Dr Qingxiu Bu

Dr Qingxiu Bu

Senior Lecturer in Corporate/CommercialLaw

Research interests

Corporate Criminal Liability and Anti-Bribery Law, Corporate Finance Law, Extraterritoriality, Sovereignty and Global Crime, Financial Fraud Litigation, Foreign Investment and National Security, Global Antitrust Enforcement, International Business and Human Rights, Transnational Business Law

View Qingxiu Bu's profile

Dr Elizabeth Craig

Dr Elizabeth Craig

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

Bills of Rights, Constitutional Law, Culture, Identity, International human rights, Language rights, Minority Rights

View Elizabeth Craig's profile

Dr Mark Davies

Dr Mark Davies

Senior Lecturer In Law

Research interests

Criminal law and healthcare regulation, Ethics and law of future technologies, Healthcare Law and Ethics, higher education, medical law, Professional regulation, Research Ethics, Science and law, Tort Law

View Mark Davies's profile

Dr Kamala Dawar

Dr Kamala Dawar

Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law

Research interests

Company Law, Competition and consumer law, Development law, International Financial Law, International political economy, International trade law, Investment Arbitration, Public procurement and subsidy regulation

View Kamala Dawar's profile

Mr Paul Eden

Mr Paul Eden

Senior Lecturer in Law

Research interests

Carriage by Air, Carriage of Goods by Sea, International Commercial Law, International Sales Law, Law of Treaties, Legal Interpretation, Plurilingualism, Statehood and Recognition, Terrorist Financing, The Crime of Apartheid

View Paul Eden's profile

Dr Lucy Finchett-Maddock

Dr Lucy Finchett-Maddock

Senior Lecturer in Law

Research interests

Aesthetics and Politics, Commons, Complexity and Law, Critical Legal Theory, Entropy, Law and Art, New Materialisms, Right to Housing, Right to Protest, Speculative Philosophy, Squatting, William S. Burroughs (disobedience)

View Lucy Finchett-Maddock's profile

Dr Maria Frabboni

Dr Maria Frabboni

Lecturer in Law

Research interests

intellectual property law, Law and economics of intellectual property, Policy, Arts Management & Creative Industries

View Maria Frabboni's profile

Dr Matthew Garrod

Dr Matthew Garrod

Lecturer in Law

Research interests

Counter-terrorism, Cyber terrorism, History of international law, Immunities from Criminal Jurisdiction, International Crimes, International Criminal Law, International Terrorism, Laws of War, Piracy, Protective Principle Jurisdiction in International Law, Public international law, Universal Jurisdiction in International Law

View Matthew Garrod's profile

Dr Gianluca Gentili

Dr Gianluca Gentili

Lecturer In Law

Research interests

American Constitutional Law, Applied Constitutional Theory, Canadian Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Comparative Law, European Union Law, International human rights, Law and Society, Public international law, Rights of LGBTI People, Sub-national constitutionalism, UK constitutional law

View Gianluca Gentili's profile

Dr Ahmad Ghouri

Dr Ahmad Ghouri

Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law

Research interests

Alternative Dispute Resolution, comparative corporate law and governance, international commercial arbitration, International Commercial Law, international dispute resolution, international investment law, investor-state arbitration, Islamic commercial law

View Ahmad Ghouri's profile

Dr Sabrina Gilani

Lecturer in Canadian Law

Research interests

aboriginal rights, Critical Legal Theory, digital embodiment, Digital Humanities, legal geography, legal pluralism, Minority Rights, Postcolonial/Decolonial theory, posthumanism, Socio-legal theory, sociology of law, sociology of the body

View Sabrina Gilani's profile

Dr Andres Guadamuz

Dr Andres Guadamuz

Senior Lecturer In Intellectual PropertyLaw

Research interests

Artificial Intelligence, Comparative Law, Complexity and Law, Copyright Law, Cyberlaw, Data Mining, intellectual property law, Internet Law, Internet regulation, Law and economics of intellectual property, Machine Learning (AI), Software patents, Virtual worlds

View Andres Guadamuz's profile

Dr Edward Guntrip

Dr Edward Guntrip

Lecturer In Law

Research interests

Foreign direct investment, global commons, international dispute resolution, international investment law, investor-state arbitration, Public international law

View Edward Guntrip's profile

Dr Sirko Harder

Dr Sirko Harder

Reader in Law

Research interests

Civil remedies, Law of obligations, Private international law

View Sirko Harder's profile

Dr Helena Howe

Lecturer In Law

Research interests

environmental education, Property law, Sustainable agriculture

View Helena Howe's profile

Ms Marie Hutton

Ms Marie Hutton

Lecturer in Law

Research interests

Ethnographic Methods, Human Rights, prison visits, prisoners' families, prisons research

View Marie Hutton's profile

Dr Pablo Iglesias-Rodriguez

Dr Pablo Iglesias-Rodriguez

Senior Lecturer in International Finance Law

Research interests

comparative corporate law and governance, Financial Markets, Financial regulation, Global Corporate Law and Governance

View Pablo Iglesias-Rodriguez's profile

Dr John Jupp

Dr John Jupp

Lecturer in Law

Research interests

Counter-terrorism, Criminal law and criminal justice, International Terrorism, Law and Society, Post conflict reconstruction, Violent extremism

View John Jupp's profile

Dr Ioannis Katsaroumpas

Dr Ioannis Katsaroumpas

Lecturer in Employment Law

Research interests

Collective Labour Law, European Labour Law, Freedom of Association, Industrial Action Law, Neo-Liberalism and Labour Law, Philosophy of Labour Law

View Ioannis Katsaroumpas's profile

Prof Heather Keating

Prof Heather Keating

Professor of Criminal Law & Criminal Responsibility

Research interests

Family (especially child) law

View Heather Keating's profile

Dr Tarik Kochi

Dr Tarik Kochi

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

Critical Legal Theory, Critical Theory, Hegel, History and Theory of War, History of political economy, History of Political Thought, International Law, International Political Theory, Jurisprudence/Philosophy Of Law, Social and political theory

View Tarik Kochi's profile

Dr Phoebe Li

Dr Phoebe Li

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

3D bioprinting, 3D printing, Access to health technologies, Compulsory licensing, International intellectual property, Patents, Regulation of science and technology

View Phoebe Li's profile

Mr Craig Lind

Mr Craig Lind

Senior Lecturer in Law

Research interests

Child Law, Family Law, Gender and law, Sexuality and the law

View Craig Lind's profile

Dr Emily Lydgate

Dr Emily Lydgate

Lecturer In Environmental Law

Research interests

agriculture and conservation, biodiversity and climate change regulation, Economic integration, Environmental policy, Renewable Energy, Trade liberalization

View Emily Lydgate's profile

Prof Chris Marsden

Prof Chris Marsden

Professor Of Media Law

Research interests

broadcasting law, Internet Law, Internet policy, Internet Science, Law and economics, Media law, Net Neutrality, Open Access to Law, Telecommunications Law

View Chris Marsden's profile

Prof Donald Mcgillivray

Prof Donald Mcgillivray

Professor of Environmental Law

Research interests

climate change law, Environmental law, Land law, Land Use, nature conservation law, Water Resources

View Donald Mcgillivray's profile

Prof Susan Millns

Prof Susan Millns

Professor of Law

Research interests

citizenship, Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, European Union Law, Feminist Legal Studies, Human Rights

View Susan Millns's profile

Dr Maria Moscati

Dr Maria Moscati

Lecturer in Family Law

Research interests

Access to justice, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Cause Lawyering, Children's rights, Comparative Family Law, Comparative Law, Family Law, Law in Society; Anthropology and Law., Rights of LGBTI People, Sexuality and the law

View Maria Moscati's profile

Dr Aisling O'Sullivan

Dr Aisling O'Sullivan

Lecturer in Law

Research interests

Critical approaches to international criminal law, History of International Criminal Law, Immunity of State Officials in International Criminal law, Universal Jurisdiction in International Law

View Aisling O'Sullivan's profile

Dr Emanuela Orlando

Dr Emanuela Orlando

Lecturer in Environmental Law

Research interests

environmental crime, environmental liability, EU Law, International and EU environmental law

View Emanuela Orlando's profile

Dr Tanya Palmer

Dr Tanya Palmer

Lecturer in Law

Research interests

Criminal law and criminal justice, Criminal law theory, Embodiment, feminist perspectives on law, Feminist theory, gender, Gender and Sexuality, gender-based violence, Research design and methodology, Sexual and gendered subjectivities, sexual violence, Socio Legal Studies

View Tanya Palmer's profile

Dr Amir Paz-Fuchs

Dr Amir Paz-Fuchs

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

Employment Law, legal theory, Privatisation and outsourcing, Social rights and social justice, Socio Legal Studies

View Amir Paz-Fuchs's profile

Dr Charlotte Skeet

Dr Charlotte Skeet

Lecturer in Law

Research interests

Canadian Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Gender and law, Human Rights, Post-colonial legal theory

View Charlotte Skeet's profile

Prof Lindsay Stirton

Prof Lindsay Stirton

Professor of Public Law

Research interests

Basic Income, Bayesian Methods, Caribbean politics, Energy Regulation, healthcare regulation, Jamaican Government, Judicial review, law and development, Legal History, Multilevel Modelling, postcolonialism, Public Law, Qualitative Comparative Analysis, Regulation, Telecommunications Law, Utilities Regulation

View Lindsay Stirton's profile

Mrs Teresa Sutton

Mrs Teresa Sutton

Lecturer in Law

Research interests

Ecclesiastical law, Land law, Land Use, Land Use Change, Law Relating To Property, Legal History, Property law

View Teresa Sutton's profile

Prof Erika Szyszczak

Prof Erika Szyszczak

Research Professor

Research interests

EU Competition Law, EU Employment Law, EU Governance, EU State Aid Law and Policy, EU trade policy, EU-Ukraine DCFTA, New Models of Public Services, Post Brexit Trade Policy, Public Procurement, Services of General Economic Interest, Transformation of the state and markets

View Erika Szyszczak's profile

Dr Kenneth Veitch

Dr Kenneth Veitch

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

health care law, medical law, social bonds, Social policy, Social Theory, Socio Legal Studies, sociology of law, Welfare state

View Kenneth Veitch's profile

Prof Richard Vogler

Prof Richard Vogler

Professor of Comparative Criminal Law &Criminal Justice

Research interests

Comparative Law, Criminal justice reform, Criminal law and criminal justice, Criminal Law And Criminology

View Richard Vogler's profile

Dr Lara Walker

Dr Lara Walker

Senior Lecturer in Law

Research interests

Cross-border family law, Family (especially child) law, Private international law

View Lara Walker's profile

Prof Mark Walters

Prof Mark Walters

Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology

Research interests

Criminal justice reform, Criminal law and criminal justice, Criminology, hate crime, Restorative justice, sexual violence

View Mark Walters's profile

Dr Joanna Wilson

Dr Joanna Wilson

Lecturer In Commercial Law

Research interests

bail in, bail out, bank regulation, banking, banking law, club governance, Common Law, Including Commercial Law, Corporate/commercial law, crisis management, lender of last resort

View Joanna Wilson's profile

Course enquiries

+44 (0)1273 678655 
lps@​sussex.ac.uk

Find out about the School of Law, Politics and Sociology

Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

Fees are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2019/20 but will be published here as soon as they are available. Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Scholarships for this course for entry in the academic year 2019 are yet to be confirmed. They will be published here as soon as they are available.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

We help to prepare you for a future career as a barrister, solicitor or other legal professional.

If you choose not to pursue one of these routes, graduate level law skills may be useful for a range of other opportunities, for example:

  • business and finance
  • patent work
  • trading standards
  • the police service
  • probation service
  • advice work and more.

Some GDL students enjoy law so much that they remain in academia to read for Masters or doctorate degrees.

Graduate destinations

94% of students from Sussex Law School were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent School of Law, Politics and Sociology graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • paralegal, Turpin and Miller
  • general advisor, Citizens Advice Bureau
  • legal assistant, Martin Searle Solicitors.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers of Higher Education 2017 survey)

Sussex has an excellent reputation for preparing postgraduate students for law careers. My training contract was with one of the top 100 law firms.”Sue Warwick
Solicitor

Dissertation (GDL)

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching, Year 1

This subject enables you to explore under supervision an area of law of your choice with view to completing a dissertation project.

Self-development and Legal Education

  • 0 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching, Year 1

If you are a GDL student, this module develops your graduate legal skills and places particular emphasis on their use in legal practice.

Many of the legal skills identified by the JASB are addressed directly through the substantive modules within the GDL/CPE programme and are assessed through those learning outcomes.

The GDL at Sussex also provides the opportunity to engage with a wide variety of law and non-law specific extra curricular activities designed to support career planning, self-development of graduate skills and engagement with the wider legal community.

This module requires you to attend and engage with the workshops for at least one of the optional legal skills competitions, mooting, negotiation or client interviewing; attend a training session for the use of IT in legal research (Lexis Nexis or other); attend one of the training sessions for Sussex Plus provided by the Careers and Employability Centre. In addition to this we hope that you will engage with many of the other activities and sessions offered. 

Criminal Law (GDL)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1

This module includes the elements of a crime: actus reus and mens rea, negligence and strict liability; the criminal liability of corporations and children; defences; accomplices; homicide; non-fatal offences against the person; sexual offences; theft and other property offences; inchoate offences.

It places the law within the framework of the Human Rights Act 1998 and some aspects of criminal law theory such as theories of punishment, why conduct should be criminalized and, where appropriate, deals with issues of procedure, evidence and sentencing that are relevant to the substantive law.

Equity and Trusts (GDL)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

The subject of 'Equity and Trusts' consists of two related parts:

  • key principles and concepts of equity and equitable remedies
  • the institution of the trust.

Your studies in this module set 'Equity and Trusts' in its social, economic and political contexts.

As part of the module, you consider the historical development of equity and the use of particular equitable remedies.

You also look at the institution of the trust, its formation and constitution, moving on to regard the idea of beneficial ownership.

In this module, you consider the nature of private and public purpose trusts and implied trusts. Further, you look at the duties, responsibilities and rights of the personnel involved in a trust relationship - finally moving on to look at the liability for strangers to a trust.

You analyse the basic principles and theoretical underpinnings of the subject within this framework.

Introduction to English Legal System (GDL)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1

This module will introduce you to the institutions, personnel and procedures of the English Legal System. The lectures will provide an outline of five broad areas: sources of law; statutory interpretation; case law and the system of precedent; the court structure and basic appeals procedure and legal personnel and legal services. It will provide you with the necessary research methodology and skills to successfully undertake independent research and assessment in the range of core subjects.

Land Law (GDL)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

In this module, you explore the legal rules determining what it means to own land and/or other rights that relate to land.

The topics you study in this module may include:

  • the doctrines of estates and tenure
  • the meaning of land (fixtures)
  • the distinction between personal and property rights
  • the role of equity and the trust and the doctrine of proprietary estoppel
  • the contractual formalities for buying an interest or estate in land
  • acquiring ownership rights, including the rules of adverse possession
  • unregistered and registered title
  • mortgages
  • leases (and licences)
  • co-ownership
  • trusts of Land
  • freehold covenants
  • easements.

Law and Policy of the European Union (GDL)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1

In this module, you examine the law and policy of the EU - with an emphasis on its nature as a legal and constitutional order and its relationship to national legal systems.

Your studies in this module cover the institutions of the EU, and the principles of individual and fundamental rights protection developed by the Court of Justice. 

And as part of the module, you are introduced to substantive policies of the EU, particularly the single market.

Public Law (GDL)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1

In this module, you consider the nature and structure of the British constitution.

You address some of the core theoretical principles of the constitution and examine how those principles are applied in the institutional arrangements of government in the UK.

As part of the module, you consider the relationship between the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government.
And you analyse the allocation of power between them in terms of both constitutional theory and political practice.

In this module, you also consider the extent to which state power is subject to control and restraint.
You examine the mechanisms that are used to control the exercises of state power. And you consider the principles of Judicial Review, as well as some alternative mechanisms for holding the institutions of the state to account.

The Law of Contract (GDL)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

In this module, you explore the legal rules and principles related to the formation, enforcement and vitiation of contractual promises.

In particular, you consider ideas of offer and acceptance. You study the legal doctrine of consideration and the equitable doctrine of promissory estoppel.

As part of the module, you consider rights of enforceability under the doctrine of privity and then go on to consider the classification and substance of particular terms in a contract, e.g. implied terms or exemption clauses.

Your studies in this module go on to look at factors that may vitiate or void agreement, such as misrepresentation, mistake, frustration, duress and undue influence.

The Law of Tort (GDL)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

In broad terms, tort is the area of civil law primarily concerned with providing a remedy to persons who have been wrongfully harmed by the conduct of others.

In this module, you explore a number of the most important areas of tort law, such as:

  • negligence
  • nuisance
  • occupiers' liability
  • trespass to the person
  • defamation
  • liability for psychiatric harm
  • vicarious liability
  • employers' liability.
Return to top of page