Course Comparison

Course MSc Criminology GradDip Law
Award Master of Science - MSc Graduate Diploma - GradDip
Duration 1 year 1 year
Course type Full-time, Part-time route available Full-time
Placement - -
Location Plymouth Plymouth
Provider School of Law, Criminology and Government School of Law, Criminology and Government
Entry requirements

UK/EU

You should have a second-class honours degree or equivalent, or an equivalent professional qualification. Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

INTERNATIONAL

Please view the country specific pages for further information regarding the equivalency of your degree. International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability, for example by achieving an IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element) or equivalent. Pre-sessional English language courses are available if you do not meet these requirements.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships are available for postgraduate taught programmes.


You must have at least a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent from a UK (or Irish) university or a Certificate of Academic Standing issued by the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Bar Council. The degree will normally be in a subject other than law, although the programme is also suited to you if you have studied law but not obtained a qualifying law degree, or if your qualifying law degree is out of date.

If you don’t have an English Language qualification and obtain a Certificate of Academic Standing, you’ll be required to achieve an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of of 5.5 in listening, reading, speaking and writing).

English language requirements

Exemptions

If you’ve studied law before it’s possible that you may be entitled to exemption from part or all of the GDL, but still be able to complete the academic stage of training as far as the Solicitors Regulation Authority or Bar Council are concerned. If you’ve studied four or more foundations of legal knowledge in recent years it’s worth contacting the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Bar Council to discuss exemptions. They make decisions on any exemptions but we’d be happy to offer advice and assistance in the process of seeking exemption. Exemptions must be obtained and confirmed before commencing the GDL.

Find all of the important documentation you'll need when applying for this programme.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.