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LLM International Financial Law

Year of entry: 2021

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Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Laws (LLM)
Duration
1 year (full-time)
Entry requirements

A minimum upper second class honours degree, or the equivalent, in law.

This programme is a specialised course and not all Law degrees will provide the appropriate background.  Potential applicants are advised that transcripts will be checked to ensure appropriate material has been covered.

When assessing your academic record we take into account your grades, your academic references, and the standing of the institution where you studied.  

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply online

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
LLM Y N N N

Course overview

  • Understand the regulatory and contractual issues in international financial services and transactions.
  • Develop your understanding of the current international banking sector.
  • Pursue a career in legal practice or the financial services industry.

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Open days

The University holds regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to find out more about our facilities and courses.

See open days for more information.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2021, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • LLM (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £10,500
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £20,500

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Postgraduate Taught Admissions Team
Email
Website
https://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/law/
School/Faculty

Courses in related subject areas

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

A minimum upper second class honours degree, or the equivalent, in law.

This programme is a specialised course and not all Law degrees will provide the appropriate background.  Potential applicants are advised that transcripts will be checked to ensure appropriate material has been covered.

When assessing your academic record we take into account your grades, your academic references, and the standing of the institution where you studied.  

English language

  • IELTS - overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.5;
  • TOEFL IBT 103 with 28 in writing and no further score below 25 in each section. TOEFL code for Manchester is 0757.
  • Pearson - overall 73 with 73 in writing and no further score below 66
  • Other English tests are also considered.  Please contact us for further information - pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk  

Scores are valid for 2 years.

Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.

Applicants from certain countries may be exempt from having to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score. For further advice please email pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk  

Pre-Sessional English Courses

If you are eligible to do a pre-sessional English course (either 6 weeks or 10 weeks, depending on your English score), you will need to successfully complete the course at the required level before you are permitted to register on your academic course.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .

Application and selection

How to apply

Advice to applicants

Due to high demand for this course, we operate a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year, as follows:

  • 1 November (decision by 8 December, accept offer by 15 January);
  • 7 January (decision by 14 February, accept offer by 16 March);
  • 2 March (decision by 8 April, accept offer by 8 May);
  • 4 May (decision by 1 June, accept offer by 1 July).

If we make you an offer, you will have four weeks to accept. Any offers not accepted by the deadline will be withdrawn.

All conditional offer-holders will have until 1 August to satisfy the conditions of their offer.

You need to ensure that you submit your supporting documents with your online application as it may delay us processing your application. While we aim to give respond by the decision date, it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next date. 

We can accept your application before you complete your undergraduate course, submit your latest transcripts with your online application. Please note:

  • All places are subject to availability, some courses may be closed by the later dates, so apply early in the cycle.
  • Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer.
  • If you are a current University of Manchester undergraduate student, you may be eligible to apply via the 'Fast-Track' scheme, email pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk for more information.
  • International applicants who will require a visa to study in the UK, can find visa information online.

How your application is considered

All applicants must submit:

  • an online application form;
  • supporting statement;
  • transcripts of degree;
  • two references.

Applications will not be considered if documents are missing.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Transfers

The Law School does not accept transfer students.

Course details

Course description

The LLM in International Financial Law offers you an opportunity to gain specialist knowledge in one of the most topical and high-profile areas of legal studies today.

Taught by experts in the field of financial regulation and securities markets, this course provides you with insights into the different specialist areas of financial law, and a deeper understanding of this complex discipline.

This course introduces the major regulatory and transactional issues in international financial and banking law, and is focused around two mandatory modules that deal with core aspects of international financial law, namely the regulation of financial markets and the law and practice of securities markets.

This LLM strikes an ideal balance between theory and practice to the benefit of both future practitioners and those looking for a career in academia.

Aims

  • To provide you with an in-depth understanding of the complex discipline of international financial and banking law.
  • Inform you about the current international financial services and banking sector.
  • Help you to develop analytical and research skills for the writing of a dissertation based on topics such as: international trade and corporate law, financial services regulation, European law, international economic law, intellectual property law, human rights law, corporate governance, and law and finance in emerging markets.

Special features

The Law School works in partnership with institutions outside the higher education sector to enable you to produce research with a wider relevance and to develop your knowledge and expertise. 

We are dedicated to shaping policy-making and practice in diverse areas; from national healthcare guidelines, to influencing police procedures in countries such as Norway, Australia and Brazil.

Teaching and learning

Our taught postgraduate courses include classes run by Manchester academics and a programme of assessed work. These are particularly suitable if you want to gain specialist knowledge in your chosen subject area. You may continue your studies in order to pursue an academic career, or go on to pursue your chosen field.

Coursework and assessment

Most course units are assessed by standard methods - either one unseen written examination, or one coursework essay, or a combination of these two methods of assessment. The assessment method of each individual course unit is listed in the course unit description on the website.

The course has a compulsory research component, in which you have to submit a 14,000 to 15,000 words dissertation (60 credits). The research element of the course is supported by weekly research methodology lectures delivered throughout semesters one and two, designed to improve your legal writing and research skills. For specialised streams, your dissertation topic must be within those streams, but for general LLM dissertation topics, they must be within one of the course units you have chosen.

Course unit details

You will be doing 180 credits in total, 120 of which will be taught modules and the remainder 60 credits in the form of a dissertation.

The LLM course will typically offer around 30 different course units in any one year, and will always reflect a wide range of subjects across the legal spectrum.

There will usually be course units offered on such diverse topics as:

  • international trade and corporate law;
  • financial services regulation;
  • European law;
  • international economic law;
  • intellectual property law;
  • human rights law;
  • corporate governance;
  • law and finance in emerging markets.

Course units are of the value of 15 or 30 credits. You will be required to select course units to a total of 120 credits, and so must choose a minimum of four course units or may be able to choose a maximum of eight course units to make up your course of study. This involves taking one core course unit ( International Financial Services Regulation ) of 30 credit value, and the remaining 90 credits from an approved list of commercial law options.

The course has a compulsory 14,000 to 15,000 words dissertation (60 credits). The taught element of the degree course will total 120 credits and the research element will total 60 credits, for example, you will study 180 credits for a master's course. The dissertation must be within the area of one unit you have chosen. The research element of the course is supported by weekly research methodology lectures delivered throughout semester one and two, designed to improve your legal writing and research skills.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
The Regulation of International Finance LAWS70352 30 Mandatory
LL.M Dissertation LAWS70990 60 Mandatory
Academic Skills for Legal Studies LAWS50000 0 Optional
Law, Money and Technology LAWS63002 30 Optional
Transnational Corporate & Capital Markets Law LAWS70081 30 Optional
Intellectual Property Law LAWS70101 30 Optional
The Principles and Practice of Corporate Governance LAWS70362 30 Optional
International Investment Law LAWS72042 30 Optional
International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Law LAWS77082 30 Optional

Scholarships and bursaries

The School offers a number of awards for students applying for master's study.

To find our more, please visit our master's funding opportunity search page.

Facilities

You will be supported by the first-class resources you would expect from a top law school.

In addition to the networked study spaces, you can access a specialist moot courtroom, enabling you to hone your debating skills in a realistic court setting.

There is also The University of Manchester Library , which houses a substantial collection of law books and periodicals, as well as texts to support all the degrees we offer.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

This master's degree will enable you to develop the specialist knowledge necessary for a career in legal practice in any developed or developing country with a financial services or business law profile.

It is also suitable for those looking to work directly in the financial services industry, especially those interested in compliance issues.

The University also has its own dedicated Careers Service that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help boost your employability .