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Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

International Law is no longer accepting new applications.

The Postgraduate Diploma in International Law is a one-year full-time (or two-year part-time) research course and is awarded on the basis of a dissertation not exceeding 30,000 words, inclusive of footnotes but exclusive of appendices and bibliography. Students are assigned a supervisor by the Faculty's Degree Committee. The main aims of the course are:

  • to give students with relevant experience at first-degree or master's level the opportunity to carry out focused research on an approved research topic in the field of international law under close supervision;
  • to give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests; and
  • to enable students to engage in work which is innovative and at the leading edge of legal scholarship.

A dissertation submitted for the Diploma in International Law must afford evidence of serious study and the ability to discuss a difficult problem critically.

An applicant interested in writing a thesis in any other area of law should apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies.


Diploma candidates may apply to continue to the MLitt or PhD by completing and submitting a Graduate Application Form to the Graduate Admissions Office via the Applicant Portal by the course deadline.

Continuation to the MLitt or PhD is subject to (a) a satisfactory outcome in the examination for the Diploma in International Law, (b) a satisfactory recommendation on the clarity and feasibility of the applicant's proposed MLitt/doctoral research following its assessment by the Diploma examiners through an informal discussion with the applicant and (c) the availability of a supervisor.

In appropriate circumstances, a student may be allowed to count not more than three full-time terms or five part-time terms towards the requirements for the MLitt or PhD.

Open Days

The University of Cambridge will be hosting its Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 1 November 2019. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

Key Information

12 months full-time

2 years part-time

Postgraduate Diploma

Faculty of Law


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Dec. 3, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

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