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Commercial Law

The LLM Commercial Law Programme offers modules that are at the cutting-edge of academic and research and legal practice.

This is a commercial law course, offering a series of standard modules with particular focus on modules that are at the intersection of law and technology, which is a topical and contemporary area of legal practice and academic research.

Additionally, some of the courses will be taught with industry collaboration in order to inject industry practice and ensure employability.

Apart from the compulsory dissertation module comprising 60 credits, all modules are optional, carrying 30 credit points each, and include the following: (a) Copyright & Information Law; (b) International Intellectual Property Law & Policy; (c) Internet Law & Policy; (d) Legal Technology, Innovation & Informatics; (e) International Corporate Law & Governance; (f) Corporate Social Responsibility & Human Rights; and (g) Ulster Business Law Clinic. Students are required to choose any four out of the seven modules.

The course is based at the University's Magee Campus in the heart of Derry/Londonderry. Derry is the second largest city in Northern Ireland and has excellent transport connections including an airport, a train terminal and a major bus station. Northern Ireland is in the United Kingdom but the border with the Republic of Ireland is only a few miles from Magee Campus. The Campus overlooks the historic city and spans one of the finest salmon fishing rivers in Europe, the majestic Foyle.The city has many places to eat and socialise and is within easy reach of the beautiful North Coast of Northern Ireland and the glorious beaches of Donegal.

The course aims to teach students substantive law and practice in the following commercial law-related subjects: international corporate law & governance; legal technology, innovation & informatics; international intellectual property law & policy; copyright & information law; internet law & policy; corporate social responsibility & human rights; and Ulster business law clinic.

The course will use proven teaching and learning methods, such as lectures and seminars to facilitate the development of knowledge, analytical, research, and advocacy skills that are keenly prized by employers. Also, some of the modules are delivered on Saturdays to facilitate participation by students in work.

Course contents and delivery systems are designed to improve students employability prospects. For example, some of the modules on offer are at the cutting-edge of legal practice and academic research, whilst elements of the modules will be taught in collaboration with industry employers, who have recruited directly from the programme.

Teaching Staff and Teaching Ethics
The course draws upon staff expertise in a range of areas related to commercial law and practice. The teaching team includes experienced teaching staff who conducts best practice teaching and internationally acclaimed research. It also includes specialist legal practitioners, in line with the focus on achieving a good balance between reflective and practical skills. The School of Law prides itself on the individual and supportive attitude that it takes towards all students.

Entry requirements

Entry conditions
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University's General Entrance Requirements. For general entrance requirements go to:

Entry Requirements
A minimum of second class lower degree (2.2) in law or relevant social science degree with significant law contents.

English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.


Attendance at lectures and seminar sessions is compulsory.

Careers or further progression

Career options
A postgraduate degree in commercial law opens up a huge variety of potential general career paths in the private and public sectors. In the private sector for example, there are dedicated specialist law firms that specialise in law and technology practice, intellectual property law practice, and the law and practice of the internet and social media. Law postgraduates with specialisms in commercial law-related courses are well-sought after in legal and business vocations. Moreover, there is ample opportunity for doctoral studies in areas relating to the taught subjects at Ulster University Law School.

Further enquiries

Course Director: Dr Taiwo Oriola
T: +44 (0)28 7167 5239

Subjects taught

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.
Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

Year one
Year: 1
Status: C
The dissertation module is designed to enable students to develop and apply the demonstrable research skills in the form of independent research leading to 15,000 words dissertation on a topic of choice in commercial-law related fields. Students would be advised to choose their research topics in areas for which there are supervision expertise within the school of law.

UU Business Law Clinic
Status: O
Year: 1
This module is optional
The UU Business Law clinic aims to inspire and develop a new generation of lawyers capable of representing start-ups and entrepreneurs and to provide students from UU with the professional experience to develop the confidence needed to represent future business ventures.

Legal Technology; Innovation & Informatics.
Status: O
Year: 1
This module is optional
The module will introduce students into how technology is used in today's legal practice and justice provision, and to likely effects on legal education, the landscape of the legal profession and the law more broadly in the foreseeable future.

Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Rights
Status: O
Year: 1
This module is optional
The module will introduce students to the diverse and complex issues of corporate social responsibility and human rights which arise from commercial activity in a globalised world. It will consider company policies of corporate social responsibility, including the nature and extent of voluntarism shown by companies when devising and implementing them. This module should be of both practical and broader analytical interest. It will appeal to both students with an interest in human rights and those who are interested in the culture and behaviour of companies and their responsiveness to the changing external environment.

Internet Law & Policy
Status: O
Year: 1
This module is optional
The main rationale for Internet Law & Policy is to introduce students to the law and policy that underpin the emerging issues inherent in the use of the Internet as a medium of communication. Topics include the origin and history of the Internet; the technical and infrastructural foundations of the Internet; Internet governance systems; online data protection & privacy; online surveillance; online anonymity; cyber-bullying, online revenge-porn; cyber-crimes; electronic mails; property rights in electronic mails; unsolicited commercial electronic mails; network neutrality; electronic commerce; copyright protection for online digital contents and database; jurisdictional issues and enforcement of foreign judgments.

International Intellectual Property Law & Policy
Status: O
Year: 1
This module is optional
International intellectual property law & policy are the primary forces that shape national intellectual property laws. The module will examine the underlying socio-economic forces that underpin international intellectual property law & policy, and how these ultimately affect national intellectual property laws. The symbiotic relationship between national and international intellectual property law & policy will be examined in the context of the continuing North/South rifts on the proprieties of the 'development' narrative that underpins the rationale for stronger cross-border intellectual property protections, and the extent to which these have been successfully moderated by recent developments.

International Corporate Law and Governance
Status: O
Year: 1
This module is optional
This module introduces students to the body of rules and principles of governance which regulate public and private companies in an international context . It is of practical significance to all those who wish to make a career in, or have dealings with, corporate law and governance. The module is assessed by coursework only.

Copyright and Information Law
Status: O
Year: 1
This module is optional
Copyright law confers exclusive, but limited monopoly right on authors or proprietors of creative works that range from literary, artistic, musical, to sound recordings. Information law deals with the protection of, and access to information, which could be personal or commercial in nature.
The copyright element of the module will discuss the following topics: conceptual and historical analyses of copyright; rationale for copyright protection; categories of copyright works: literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, sound recordings, broadcast, film, etc.; originality and copyright; database protection; copyright protection for computer programs; the scope of copyright monopoly and limitations; digital copyright and technological protection measures; copyright infringement, remedies, and defences; copyright and human rights; collecting society and copyright licencing systems; creative commons licence and alternatives to copyright.

The information law element of the module will explore the following topics amongst others: the normative concept of information; types of information; protectable information; information as data; big data and information commodification; personal data protection; confidential information; trade secret; and access to information.

Overall, the module will examine the symbiotic relationship between copyright and informational rights, within the contexts of the multiple normative systems that define, protect, frame and delimit access to copyright and information.


Important notice – campus change
This course is moving to the Belfast campus with effect from September 2018.

Academic profile
Teaching is informed by academic research at Ulster Law School. This is exemplified by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which ranked research at Ulster Law School 4th out of 67 Law Schools in the United Kingdom. Ulster Law research was also ranked 1st for impact, with 100% of research impact rated as world leading.

Assessment method

Teaching and learning assessment
Teaching is primarily by lecture and seminar conducted weekly or fortnightly depending on the preferred teaching method by the coordinator for each module. For example, Internet Law & Policy; and Copyright & the Information Society are taught weekly on Saturdays, while International Corporate Law & Governance is taught fortnightly on Wednesdays. Seminar sessions typically involve students' discussion of assigned readings or tasks that relate to lecture delivered in the previous week.

Some modules are assessed by coursework only, while others are by a written examination.

Application date

Application is directly to the University via an online system.

The deadline for submission of applications is 15th May. We will consider late applications but these may experience delays in processing.

Enrolment and start dates

Start dates: September 2018, August 2019

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