Canon law at Cardiff: the new scheme

The Centre for Law & Religion at Cardiff Law School has announced a revised scheme for education in canon law. Instead of “it’s an LLM or nothing”, in future there will be a graded series of courses which can be taken progressively – as the following flyer from the Law School explains…


Canon law at Cardiff

Introduced in 1991, our LLM in Canon Law is the first degree of its type at a British University since the Reformation. It provides an opportunity for postgraduate study in the canon law of the churches of the worldwide Anglican Communion, particularly that of the Church of England, and the Roman Catholic Church and the law of the state applicable to these churches.

It is a response to the practical need for scholarly study of church law, and provides academic training, but with a substantial emphasis on practical application. The degree is research-led and has attracted students of the highest quality, including secular and ecclesiastical judges, university academics, barristers, solicitors and clergy from both the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches.

The programme is taught by means of lectures and seminars on residential weekends held at St Michael’s College, Llandaff, Cardiff.

At Cardiff Law School we are committed to providing an outstanding teaching and learning experience that is underpinned by our excellent research activity. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise 80% of our research was deemed to have ‘outstanding’ impact. We attract students from all over the world and offer a friendly, supportive and culturally diverse environment in which to study.

The Canon Law programmes are made up of four modules:

  • Conceptual foundations and historical development of canon law
  • Doctrine, liturgy and rites in canon law
  • Government and ministry in canon law
  • The interface of canon law and civil law

Each module is taught by means of lectures and seminars which are delivered across two residential weekends, and is assessed by a 5,000 word essay or another approved method.

The options

There are three programme options available in this area: a Postgraduate Certificate, a Postgraduate Diploma and an LLM in Canon Law:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Canon Law: Students must complete any two of the four modules available. Module selection will determine whether the Certificate is completed in one or two academic years. Fee: £3800 (£1900 per annum if pursued over two academic years).
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Canon Law: All four modules are compulsory. Students must complete two modules per academic year. Fee: £7600 (£3800 per annum).
  • LLM Canon Law: All four modules are compulsory. Students must complete two modules per academic year. Students must also complete a dissertation (not exceeding 15,000 words). Fee: £9800 (£4900 per annum).

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree in Law (2:2 or equivalent), although applicants with other qualifications will be considered (for Canon Law, a first degree is not a standard requirement). Students whose first language is not English must obtain a score of at least 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with no less than 6.0 in any element and a minimum of 6.5 in writing.


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