LLM in Canon Law
There is a growing acknowledgment, among legal scholars and practitioners, of the need to understand the complex rules which govern religious institutions.
The LLM in Canon Law provides an opportunity for critical appraisal of Ecclesiastical Law in the context of relevant national and international law. The course works out of an inter-disciplinary perspective, with a teaching staff drawn from the fields of legal studies, theology, philosophy and ethics.
Introduced in 1991 as the first degree of its type at a British University since the Reformation, its curriculum continues to widen and deepen in response to the increasing need to understand the way that religion, law and politics are intertwined in pluralizing late modernity.
This course has relevance for practising lawyers, those involved in the administration of church law, and academics who recognize the cutting-edge nature of disciplined research in the conjunction of religion and law.
Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Canon Law
The Canon Law programme is also available as a stand-alone Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma target qualification and is aimed at students who may not be able to commit to the requirements of the full LLM programme.
The structure of the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Canon Law provides a high degree of flexibility for students as these qualifications can be used for admission with advanced standing to either the Diploma or LLM. In addition, students registered on the Certificate or Diploma can request a transfer to the Diploma or LLM.
- an academic programme with a substantial focus on practical
- unique coverage of comparative canon law, including its conceptual and historical foundations, particularly in relation to the Church of England, the legal systems of churches in the worldwide Anglican Communion, and Roman Catholic canon law
- taught by leading scholars and practitioners in the field
- a diverse student body made up of practising lawyers, clergy, judges
and academics from the fields of ethics, philosophy, theology and sociology
- strong links with the highly active Centre for Law and Religion
- excellent student-staff ratio
- a history of publishing sucess among present and past students
- good promotion and career prospects
- 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
Please note that modules are likely to change from time to time.
Part-time: taught over eight residential weekends over two years, held at St Michael's College in Llandaff or Aberdare Hall in Cardiff.
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.
Diploma in Canon Law
All four modules are compulsory. Students must complete two modules per academic year.
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, due in December in the second year of study).
Most modules are assessed by an essay of 5,000 words, or other approved methods.
Usually late September
Early application is recommended. Please see our how to apply pages.
To find out more please see LLM Programme