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LLM International Commercial Law (Taught and Distance Learning) Who is it for?

You are a law graduate or qualified lawyer seeking to deepen your subject knowledge and enhance your career prospects either as a legal practitioner or within a legal environment in business, commerce, NGOs or government.

About the Course

The LLM International Commercial Law equips law graduates and professionals with the understanding and skills to enable them to address legal issues of economic globalisation and apply these to enhance their professional and academic development.

Learning and Teaching is at the heart of the Division of Law, and our teaching makes use of a variety of innovative teaching and learning methods. The research methods modules will allow you to develop your analytical, evaluative and research skills. You will benefit from a dedicated team of lecturers who have commercial and professional law backgrounds, as well as substantial teaching experience.

Modules Principles of European Law

This module addresses the evolution of the EU as a supranational legal, economic and political entity and highlights the legal principles that underpin the ambition for economic and social cohesion. The removal of barriers to European trade and the promotion of European services of general interest are considered within the context of the regional enlargement of the EU and the consequences for the citizen.

International Corporate Law

This module is designed to develop your existing legal knowledge in the area of business law and to complement other modules in the Master’s programme. The material covered concerns the regulation of corporations in relation to the European Union and its member states and the wider international community.

International Corporate Crime Course Content

To be awarded the LLM International Commercial Law you must successfully complete the taught modules including a course on research methods followed by a dissertation.

The distance learning element of the course delivery will vary module-by-module but will include podcasts of lectures combined with weekly or fortnightly online reading, exercises and discussions using a range of platforms, including blogs and discussion boards. Where appropriate, Powerpoint slides will be available online at the same time as the lecture podcast. The readings will be in the form of links to online documents, case reports, book extracts or similar, and will be available through online systems. Formative assessment is carried out regularly so that you can ensure on a regular basis that you are at the right place in the course. You will be allocated a personal tutor and will be able to arrange live one-to-one tutorial sessions using Skype or Google Hangout as necessary.

This module analyses the threat posed to law and order by International Corporate Crime (ICC). This will be examined in the context of legal responses to International Corporate Crime, and the links between UK measures and European and International measures.

Private International Law

This module will focus on the legal framework that has developed to address the conflict of laws that can arise when there is applicable law available in more than one jurisdiction.

Intellectual Property Law

This module is designed to promote an understanding of the idea of intellectual property rights within Europe and the international community and is particularly appropriate for students studying law in a business, media or production context.

Research Methods

This module will allow you to develop your analytical, evaluative and research skills to undertake an independent piece of research at postgraduate level.


The dissertation is an opportunity for you to carry out research over a sustained period of time, probing issues of interest to you which have arisen out of previous study and interests. It affirms and tests your capabilities to engage with a research project relatively independently, supported by supervision.


The course is assessed via a combination of time constrained reports, critical legal arguments, seminar presentations, module essays, examinations and submission of a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words.

Career Opportunities

Law in the UK has an increasingly international perspective. Many UK firms now have branch offices in major overseas financial and commercial centres where they advise local clients. As London is one of the most important financial and commercial centres in the world, many business transactions throughout the world now draw upon UK corporate law. At the same time the development of the European single market has increased the importance of European law. UK legal training can be applied to many spheres of employment and the knowledge and skills gained on this course will be valuable in a large variety of occupations.

Duration of Course

You can choose to begin studying in either September or January and study for 12 months. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops throughout two taught semesters followed by a period of supported independent study whilst you complete your dissertation.

Entry Requirements

You will normally hold a First or Second Class Bachelor’s degree in Law. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all categories (or equivalent).

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