Postgraduate Diploma in Finance and Financial Law
Duration: This programme takes a minimum of one year to complete. Each course lasts eight weeks. You are registered for a maximum of five years.
Minimum Entry Requirements: You should have a good degree in finance, economics or another appropriate discipline from a recognised university. Previous education and experience without a first degree will be considered if qualifications are judged to be equivalent to a first degree and included suitable preliminary training. You are required to have internet access in order to participate in this programme.
Start of programme: November / February / April / June / August
Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning
This Diploma is ideal for those who already have some experience in either law or finance. The ability to weight the choice of courses towards law or finance will mean that students can tailor their learning according to their needs, interests and pre-existing expertise.
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English language requirements: If your first degree was not taught in English, you will need to provide evidence of language ability as tested by the British Council or another registered body. This is equivalent to a score of 7.0 overall in the IELTS test, or 7.0 in both reading and writing.
You will study one core module.
You will also choose to study three elective modules.
Teaching & Learning
Teaching & Learning
The Postgraduate Diploma is made up of four modules. Each module is studied in eight-week sessions. You can only take one module at a time, but each module is typically available in at least two of the year's study sessions. This gives you the flexibility to plan how you study during the year, enabling you to fit your study in with your professional, family and personal commitments.
You will be individually assigned an online academic tutor for the duration of each module with whom you can discuss academic queries at regular intervals during the study session. You will also have a named administrator providing you with help and advice throughout your studies.
Before the start of each module you have enrolled in, you will be sent a package containing all of the study materials that you need to complete the module – the core text, textbooks, a collection of key articles, and any module related software.
To make your experience as a distance learning student more complete and rewarding, we provide access to the Virtual Learning Environment, which is a web-accessed learning environment. Via the VLE, you can communicate with your assigned academic tutor, administrators and other students on the module using discussion forums. The VLE also provides access to the module Study Guide and assignments, as well as a selection of electronic journals available on the University of London Online Library.
For each module, you will sit a three-hour examination, held on a specified date in October, and complete two assignments during the module study session. Assignments are submitted and feedback given online. Examinations and assignments are weighted 70:30.
As a graduate of this programme, you will be well prepared for working in the financial services sector or as a regulator with responsibility for financial institutions. The Diploma will also be beneficial to existing members of commercial law firms wishing to offer an improved service to clients in the financial sector, or for financiers wishing to enter such sectors as compliance or begin careers in the government service.
A Student's Perspective
Julio Giró, Switzerland
The knowledge gained has helped me by improving both the skills and quality of my work… I understand issues that I would not have recognised prior to joining the programme…