Diploma in the Common Law

The Diploma in the Common Law is a qualification in its own right, designed to offer flexibility of course choice for students who are eligible for admission to the LLB but who do not wish to register for the full degree. It may be the right choice for those who already have a first degree in law from another legal system but who want to acquire some knowledge of the English common law system.

Objectives of the course

  • Gain some knowledge and expertise in the common law of England and Wales.
  • Develop a critical awareness of the common law legal tradition and be able to apply analytical and problem-solving skills in a range of legal and non-legal settings.
  • Enhance key skills in communication, information literacy, analysis and discussion.


Entry Requirement:

  • 2 passes E or above at GCE A'Level & 3 passes C or above at GCE O'Level / SSC ; OR

  • MNQF level 4 certificate in a relevant field & 2 passes C or above at GCE O'Level / SSC ; OR

  • Relevant Foundation (Villa College)

Course Fee: MVR 30,000 per year (Payable in 8 instalments)

Duration: 1 Year

MNQF Level: Level 5


Programme Structure

ONE compulsory CourseCredits
Common law reasoning and institutions (Intermediate course) 30
Plus THREE optional courses chosen from the following: 
Criminal law (Intermediate course) 30
Public law (Intermediate course) 30
Elements of the law of contract (Intermediate course) 30
Law of Tort 30
Law of Trusts (co/prerequisite ‘Land law’) 30
Land law 30
Jurisprudence and legal theory 30
Administrative law 30
Commercial law (co/prerequisite ‘Elements of the law of contract’) 30
Company law (co/prerequisite ‘Elements of the law of contract’) 30
Conflict of laws 30
Criminology 30
EU law 30
Evidence (co/prerequisite ‘Criminal law’) 30
Family Law 30
History of English law 30
Intellectual property (co/prerequisite ‘Elements of the law of contract’) 30
International protection of human rights 30
Introduction to Islamic law 30
Labour law (co/prerequisite ‘Elements of the law of contract’) 30
Public international law 30
Succession 30
Total Credits120

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