International Advanced Diploma in Law

Law is an interesting and challenging discipline of study which impacts at every level, from people’s individual daily lives to the operations of Government on the international stage. The Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Law programme offers you an exciting and dynamic educational experience, while also providing you with the core subjects required by the professional legal bodies. The legal profession requires law professionals to possess both intellectual and practical skills, and the course explicitly addresses these requirements with a structured programme of skills development. It will also equip you with the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

This study programme will provide thorough knowledge and understanding of the fundamental doctrines and principles that underpin the English legal system and beyond. Students will have the opportunity to study an extensive range of options covering wide and diverse areas of law that are closely linked to staff research interests. These options can be linked together to form one of six coherent streams: commercial law, criminal law and justice, entertainment law, human rights, law and theory, and welfare law. Students can also add an international dimension to their studies through a further year of law study through a top-up programme with our partner institutions overseas.

Duration: 1 year
Delivery: Full-time
GradHat code: HTYD100
Course Accreditation: Yes
Academic Progression: Yes
Learning Methods

Group Projects

Individual Projects


Lab Work


Work-experience and internships

All students are encouraged to undertake relevant work-experience on successful completion their study and our partner institutions work closely with industry partners to advertise internship opportunities and arrange company presentations.


This programme is accredited as:

  • Fully satisfying the educational base for an International Diploma in Law.
  • Partially satisfying the educational base for an International Advanced Diploma in Law.

A diploma in law is taught via a selection of compulsory and optional modules to enhance your learning, preparing you for a future career or further study. In each year you will take modules adding up to 120 credits. Depending on the number of compulsory and optional modules offered by your programme, you can also choose other eligible modules which fit your timetable.

Year 1

Students will be introduced to general legal principles and legal techniques and will study compulsory courses including English Legal System, Critical Legal Thinking, Contract Law, Family Law, Public Law of the UK, and European Union Law.

Year 2

In the second year, this courses will include Property Law, Jurisprudence, Public Law and Individual Rights, Delict, and Criminal Law. Business Entities, Commercial Law, Evidence and Succession and Trust Law are required for professional purposes.

You will have the opportunity to specialise in further law subjects, chosen from a wide range of courses, including Commercial Law, International Law, Property Law, Family Law and Criminology.

How will I learn?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, projects and group work. In your final years you will dedicate more time to private study and will receive individual supervision with projects.

How will I be assessed?

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course.
  • Practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course and written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual modules.

Advanced Diploma projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme’s aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Studying law prepares you for a career in the legal sector. On graduation from any of our programmes you will leave with a thorough, core knowledge, together with analytical, practical, design and communication skills, enabling you to join a design, production or research team – or move rapidly into management and leadership roles. Alternatively, many of our students have opted to top-up their award to an undergraduate degree in law followed by a traineeship with a legal firm, to qualify as a solicitor.

Our entry requirements are country and programme dependent, therefore, we advice our prospective students to ask our partner institutions for further information on your eligibility. However, entry qualifications are assessed equivalent to

  • A Levels – BBC to ABB.

  are considered as valid entry requirements.

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component

  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section

  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component

  • PTE Academic: Total 61 with at least 51 in each “Communicative Skills” section

  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

However, our programme modules are specially adapted and developed for students to upskill their proficiency in English language from an IELTS score equivalent of 4.5 to 7.5. The modules also cover development of research and communication skills, thus assisting the learners in their professional careers.

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Course Structure

Year - 1

Semester - 1
Law: Policy and Practice (Mandatory)
Public Law (Mandatory)
Introduction to Business Law (Mandatory)
Academic Communication Skills (Mandatory)
Elective Module 1
Elective Module 2

Year - 1

Semester - 2
Criminal Law (Mandatory)
Contracts: Law and Practice (Mandatory)
Tort Law (Mandatory)
Criminal Justice: Crime and Punishment (Mandatory)
Introduction to Legal Practice (Mandatory)
Elective Module 1

Year - 2

Semester - 1
Introduction to Human Rights Law (Mandatory)
Consumer Law (Mandatory)
Company Law (Mandatory)
Advanced Criminal Law (Mandatory)
Elective Module 1
Elective Module 2

Year - 2

Semester - 2
Commercial Law (Mandatory)
Land Law (Mandatory)
Criminal Procedure and Evidence (Mandatory)
Family Law and Family Justice (Mandatory)
Law of Intellectual Property (Mandatory)
Dissertation in Law (Mandatory)

Academic Progression





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