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Both the Diploma in International Law and the Diploma in Legal Studies are awarded after one year of research in Cambridge on the basis of a dissertation not exceeding 30,000 words. Each candidate is assigned a supervisor by the Faculty's Degree Committee and is required to keep at least three terms of residence before submitting for examination a dissertation not exceeding 30,000 words in length (inclusive of footnotes but exclusive of appendices and bibliography). There is no coursework or taught element, although students may, if space permits, attend the weekly PhD research training programme classes and lectures as recommended by their supervisor. The year of research leading to a Diploma may, in appropriate circumstances, be counted towards the requirements of a research degree such as the MLitt or PhD. It is possible to undertake these courses on a part-time basis over two years.

For more information, please refer to the Graduate Admissions website:

Further information on graduate admission to the Faculty of Law is available from or +44 (0)1223 330039, and more generally from:

Address: Graduate Admissions Office, Academic Division, 17 Mill Lane Cambridge CB2 1RX ENGLAND
Telephone: (01223) 760606
International: (+44 1223) 760606
Fax No: (01223) 338723

If you are currently studying, or have been previously admitted to a graduate course at Cambridge, please email