Name of Programme
Postgraduate Diploma International and Commercial Law
Final Award
DipHE
Location
Buckingham
Awarding Institution/Body
University Of Buckingham
Teaching Institution
University Of Buckingham
School of Study
School of Law
Programme Code(s)
PDIF1PIC / Full Time / 9 Months
Professional Body Accreditation
Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement (SBS)
Law
Admission Criteria
1) A 3rd class LLB (Hons) degree from a UK institution (or equivalent from a foreign institution), or a minimum 2:2 (Hons) non-law degree (or equivalent from a foreign institution) in which student has studied sufficient legal topics and obtained a minimum of 2:2 grades in them.

2) Persons who have not attained a degree of the standard and type indicated in 1) will be accepted if they have had some practical experience in a legal or commercial environment.

3) Persons who hold a 2:2 or better degree in which no legal subjects were studied, and who either demonstrate the necessary analytical skills, and/ or have experience in a legal or commercial environment.

Applicable Cohort(s)
Winter 2022
FHEQ Level
7
UCAS Code
Summary of Programme
Students initially registered onto the Postgraduate Diploma Course, may be allowed to upgrade to the LLM International & Commercial Law if they satisfy conditions laid down by the Programme Director.

Postgraduate Diploma students will be required to complete 120 units of study. Those progressing to LLM International & Commercial Law will be required to complete all 180 Units, including the research component (Dissertation 60 units). Students wishing to be considered and upgraded for the LLM shall take the Dissertation Module in January.

They will begin the course as follows:

 Taught Modules, which account for 120 units. Taught modules for the 15 and 30 unit courses are assessed by various methods, including essays and or oral presentations.
 Students will therefore have to select 120 units of taught Modules.

15 unit and 30 unit Modules:

There are 15 unit Modules and 30 unit Modules. The 15 unit Modules are taught over one term and the 30 unit Modules are taught over two terms.

Students must complete 120 credits to obtain the degree.

Students who have successfully completed a Postgraduate Diploma in International & Commercial Law at their first opportunity, are allowed to take a further 60 units of modules which if passed would enable them to be awarded the LLM. This could, in principle be, in the next academic year.
Educational Aims of the Programme
• To develop a systematic and in depth understanding of areas of commercial and international law
• To develop the critical skills necessary to analyse and evaluate complex legal problems and related issues
• To give students an opportunity to examine and discuss specialist aspects of commercial and international law, and develop and practice a number of advanced key skills, including research skills
• To give students the opportunity to undertake substantial independent research projects in areas of international, comparative or commercial law and enable them to evaluate their own decision making
• To enable students to develop a co-operative approach to problem-solving through seminar discussions
Programme Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

On completing this programme we want students to acquire:
• An in depth understanding of complex and specialist areas of Commercial Law, International Law, Financial and Corporate Law (depending upon what choices they make);
• An understanding of the context in which certain legal rules are developed, or applied in specialist areas of law;
• For non-UK law graduates, an in depth understanding of how the English legal system works and operates

Teaching/Learning Strategy

• Structured lectures and seminars in the taught course options chosen by the student

Assessment Strategy

• Taught Modules (120 credits) are assessed by various methods, including essays and or oral presentations
Programme Outcomes

Cognitive Skills

• Ability to critically identify and analyse specialist legal and related issues, and assess the validity of different arguments and concepts;
• Ability to critically evaluate existing legal rules, and evaluate proposals for changes to legal rules;
• Ability to critically apply knowledge to difficult legal problems and produce well-supported conclusions based upon sound analysis of the legal principles

Teaching/Learning Strategy

• Seminar groups
• Written assignments
• Students are required to make oral presentations
• Feedback from tutors and supervisors of research

Assessment Strategy

• Coursework
• Oral presentations
Programme Outcomes

Practical/Transferable Skills

Key Skills
• To analytically apply knowledge of specialist areas of commercial, international and comparative law to complex problem situations;
• To present, in writing or orally, a concise and coherent argument based upon legal and related material, and be able to defend such arguments;
• To provide a critical evaluation of unresolved problems in commercial, international and comparative law at an advanced level.

Practical Skills
• Identify, find, use and be up-to date with primary and secondary legal resources at an advanced level;
• To act independently in planning and managing tasks;
• To make oral presentations on complex and specialist legal issues in a concise and coherent way;
• To critically engage in academic debate on commercial, international and comparative legal issues, both in writing and orally;
• To read and comprehend complex legal and related materials;
• To use advanced information technology for legal writing and research.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

• Structured lectures, seminars
• Written assignments
• Oral presentations
• Feedback from tutors and research supervisors
• Examinations
• Students, who need to be, are instructed in the use of the main legal databases to which the university subscribes
• Students, who need to be, are instructed in the use of the law library;
• Seminars and tutorials
• Written assignments and comments from tutors
• Examinations.

Assessment Strategy

• Coursework
• Oral presentations
External Reference Points
• Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
• Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement(s)
• Other (list)
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module can be found in the departmental or programme handbook. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.
Date of Production
Revised October 2021
Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee
Revised October 2021
Date approved by School Board of Study
Revised October 2021
Date approved by University Learning and Teaching Committee
Revised October 2021
Date of Annual Review
In line with the University annual monitoring review process

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURES

Postgraduate Diploma International and Commercial Law

PDIF1PIC / Full Time / January Entry
Term 1
Winter
Zero or Three of:
International Intellectual Property Law [L7/15U]
Public International Law: Issues and Contemporary Practices [L7/15U]
International and Comparative Human Rights Law (International Mechanisms) [L7/15U] (LAWPGXXXX1)
Zero or Four of:
Banking Law and Fintech [L7/30U]
International Trade and Maritime Law [L7/30U]
Corporate Law and Corporate Insolvency [L7/30U]
Financial Crime, Money Laundering and Market Abuse [L7/30U] (LAWPGXXXX3)
Term 2
Spring
Zero or Four of:
Artificial Intelligence and The Law [L7/15U]
Law of World Trade [L7/15U]
Law of War [L7/15U]
Marine Insurance [L7/15U] (LAWPGXXXX2)
Zero or Four of:
Banking Law and Fintech [L7/30U]
International Trade and Maritime Law [L7/30U]
Corporate Law and Corporate Insolvency [L7/30U]
Financial Crime, Money Laundering and Market Abuse [L7/30U] (LAWPGXXXX3)
(Continued)

Note: 1: International Students must complete a minimum of 30 units of study per term, in order to comply with Visa requirements 2: With the exception of the 60 Unit Dissertation, all other modules are electives and students can choose which ones to complete, whilst ensuring that the required amount of units equates to 120 Units in order to qualify for the LLM International and Commercial Law.

 

Postgraduate Diploma International and Commercial Law

PDIF1PIC / Full Time / September Entry
Term 1
Autumn
International and Comparative Human Rights Law (International Mechanisms) [L7/15U] (LPFHRIM)
Law of World Trade [L7/15U] (LPFLWTR)
Term 2
Winter
Zero or Three of:
International Intellectual Property Law [L7/15U]
Public International Law: Issues and Contemporary Practices [L7/15U]
International and Comparative Human Rights Law (International Mechanisms) [L7/15U] (LAWPGXXXX1)
Zero or Four of:
Banking Law and Fintech [L7/30U]
International Trade and Maritime Law [L7/30U]
Corporate Law and Corporate Insolvency [L7/30U]
Financial Crime, Money Laundering and Market Abuse [L7/30U] (LAWPGXXXX3)
Term 3
Spring
Zero or Four of:
Artificial Intelligence and The Law [L7/15U]
Law of World Trade [L7/15U]
Law of War [L7/15U]
Marine Insurance [L7/15U] (LAWPGXXXX2)
Zero or Four of:
Banking Law and Fintech [L7/30U]
International Trade and Maritime Law [L7/30U]
Corporate Law and Corporate Insolvency [L7/30U]
Financial Crime, Money Laundering and Market Abuse [L7/30U] (LAWPGXXXX3)
(Continued)
Postgraduate Examination

Note: 1: International Students must complete a minimum of 30 units of study per term, in order to comply with Visa requirements 2: With the exception of the 60 Unit Dissertation, all other modules are electives and students can choose which ones to complete, whilst ensuring that the required amount of units equates to 120 Units in order to qualify for the LLM International and Commercial Law.