Law - International Commercial & Business Law

The LLM International Commercial and Business Law is designed as a research-led programme for graduates from law and related disciplines who aim to specialise in commercial law, international trade and cross-border business transactions from a socio-legal perspective. It will help you understand and master the highly dynamic and complex legal and regulatory regimes governing international business and the global economy. If you aim for a career in corporate, financial or commercial law, our programme will equip you with solid knowledge and an advanced understanding of the key principles, rules and practices in areas such as corporate governance, corporate law, competition law, financial law, and trade law. With support from leading academics throughout this LLM, you will be able to develop a broad set of relevant skills that will allow you to contribute to legal problem solving in key areas of commercial and business law.

Thanks to our diverse staff and student body you will have a unique opportunity to meet lecturers and peers with different experiences and backgrounds, enabling you to expand your own perspective and understanding further. In previous years students have joined the programme from both the UK and around the world, significantly contributing to the discussions in class and group work.

The School’s world-leading academics specialise in a range of relevant areas, including:
- International and Transnational Commercial Law, including international commercial and financial transactions, Conflicts of Law/Public International Law, harmonisation and regionalisation of commercial law, and commercial litigation and arbitration.
• International Competition Law, including European and Comparative Competition Law
• International Trade Law, including World Trade Organisation Law, international economic law, dispute settlement, and regional and national trade laws and policies.
• Legal Aspects of Innovation and New Technologies, including blockchain and smart contracts.
• Corporate Governance and Compliance, including comparative corporate governance and corporate social responsibility.
• International Financial Regulation, including regulatory changes in the aftermaths of the East-Asian Financial Crisis and the Global Financial Crisis, regulating finance in key jurisdictions and in global financial centres and tax havens, deepening financial integration and financial fragmentation, the role of law and technology in finance, and the transition to sustainable and digital finance.

Subjects taught

Year 1
Core Modules
• Approaches to Legal Research (10 credits)
• Dissertation (International Business Law) (60 credits)

Optional Modules
• Comparative Competition Law : the case of the EU as the Leading Model (30 credits)
• World Trade Law (20 credits)
• (Metaverse Law) Copyright, Trademarks & Immersive Technologies (10 credits)
• Corporate Environmental Law (20 credits)
• Advanced International Trade Law and Policy (20 credits)
• Business and Human Rights (20 credits)
• Platform Regulation:IP Enforcement & Content Moderation (10 credits)
• International Commercial Law (20 credits)
• Dissertation in Practice (60 credits)
• Crimes of the Powerful (20 credits)
• Artificial Intelligence and the Law (20 credits)
• International Financial Law (20 credits)
• International Corporate Governance (20 credits)
• Critical Approaches International Economic Law (20 credits)

*Note: students who take the module Business and Human Rights may graduate with the award of LLM in International Corporate Governance.

Course Structure
Students may enrol on a full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years) basis.

The Masters is awarded to students who successfully complete all taught modules (120 CATS points) and a research dissertation (60 CATS points).

Summer : Dissertation
Dissertation (Maximum 15,000 words)
(Students who secure a summer work placement of at least 8 weeks can complete a Dissertation in Practice Module including 12,000 word dissertation and 3,000 word reflective journal of the learning experience)

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Law, Social Sciences, Humanities or a cognate discipline.

Exemption from these requirements may be considered for those applicants who hold a Master's degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) OR for those applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) along with a minimum of 2 years relevant experience.

Admission under Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) may be considered for this course. The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL). Please visit for more information.

Application dates

Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and ideally no later than 16th August 2024 for courses which commence in late September. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Assessment Info

Assessed coursework


1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

Contact Teaching Hours
Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial
8 (hours maximum)
In addition to 6-8 hrs of teaching per week, students should set aside 10-12 hours per module for reading and preparation to engage meaningfully in classroom discussions, group work and other forms of active engagement.

Enrolment dates

Entry Year: 2024/25

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Career Prospects
Our LLM programme will prepare you for a career in law with specialisation in international commerce and business. It also enables students to develop research skills that will prepare you for pursuing a PhD and an academic career in international business law. Students are actively supported by our School’s Employability and Placement Officer and by the University’s dedicated Careers Service which provide students with opportunities to engage with employers and help them to boost their employability:

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters at UK Level 7

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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