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LLM International Business and Commercial Law
Improve your commercial legal expertise and enhance your job prospects.

LLM International Business and Commercial Law

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Laws (LLM)
Duration
12 months (full-time)
Entry requirements
A minimum upper second class honours degree, or the equivalent, in law.

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

  • Develop your interest in the laws governing international business, commerce and trade.
  • Take the opportunity to study topical issues such as the implications of the recent financial crisis.
  • Receive professional training for a career in corporate and commercial law.
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Open days

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

For more information, see Open days .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • LLM (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £18,500

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).

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Law
Contact name
Postgraduate Taught Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 1270
Email
Website
http://www.law.manchester.ac.uk/
School/Faculty
See: About Us .

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

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

English language

Students not from or did not graduate from a majority English speaking country as defined by the UKVI are required to hold one of the following English language qualifications:

- IELTS: minimum overall score of 7.0, with 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in all other sub categories;

- TOEFL (Internet-Based Test): minimum overall score of 100, with 25 in Writing and 22 in all other sub categories;

- Cambridge Proficiency / Advanced: minimum 185 Overall, with 185 in writing and 180 in all other sub categories;

- Pearson English: minimum overall score of 66, with 66 in Writing and 59 in all other sub categories. 

The School will also refer applicants who meet the necessary entry requirements to the University's pre-sessional English language courses . The entry requirements for these language courses are:

6 week course (PS6) - IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5, with 6.5 in Writing and no less than 6.0 in all other sub categories;

- 10 week course (PS10) - IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.0, with no less than 6.0 in all other sub categories.

Booking deadlines apply.

If you have already met our academic requirements and English language requirements, a single visa may be issued covering both the pre-sessional course and the Master degree. If, however, you obtain a conditional offer and your academic results are pending you may still enrol in a pre-sessional course on a separate visa. If a separate visa is required, only UKVI-IELTS taken at UKVI approved IELTS centres globally  will be accepted for entry on to a pre-sessional English 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

 

We require the following documents before we can consider your application.

  • One academic reference on letter headed paper.

We do not request references on an applicant's behalf and it is your responsibility to ensure your referee knows how to provide your reference to us. The reference must be submitted on official headed paper or from an official organisational email address, it can be scanned and uploaded when you apply or emailed to pg-law@manchester.ac.uk.  

*You are no longer required to complete a referee report form for this course

  • Transcripts of your studies to date, officially translated into English
  • Degree certificate (if you have already graduated).
  • If you are not from or did not graduate from a majority English speaking country as defined by the UKVI we will also require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

Apply online

The deadline for applications is 15 June for International applicants, and 15 August for Home/EU applicants.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

 

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 School of Law does not accept transfer students.

Course details

Course description

The LLM in International Business and Commercial Law offers students the opportunity to develop an advanced understanding of the law governing commerce and finance in today's international market.

Multinational companies must regularly overcome a wide range of legal and governance issues in order to do business worldwide. This course encourages students to explore the legal challenges faced by international business and analyse the fundamental legal framework for dealing with them. Students study areas such as corporate governance, international trade transactions and competition law.

Aims

  • Develop a thorough knowledge of the legal fundamentals of international commerce and finance.
  • Gain deeper insight into specific problems and critical issues faced by international business today and the international legal frameworks in dealing with them.
  • Develop an understanding of the legal framework for business and commerce within regional economic blocs, such as the European Union.
  • Understand relevant academic debates and new developments in law.

Special features

The School of Law works in partnership with institutions outside the higher education sector to enable our postgraduates to produce research with a wider relevance and to develop their knowledge and expertise. It is 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

All course units are assessed by either one unseen written examination, or one coursework essay, or a combination of these two methods of assessment.

The course will be 180 credits in total and has a compulsory research component. 120 credits will be taught modules and the remainder 60 credits in the form of a 14-15,000 word dissertation.

Your 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 semesters one and two designed to improve your legal writing and research skills. For specialised streams, dissertation topic must be within those streams while for general LLM dissertation topics must be within one of the modules chosen by the student.

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, and 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.

The course will be 180 credits in total and has a compulsory research component. 120 credits will be taught modules and the remainder 60 credits in the form of a 14-15,000 word dissertation.

Your 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 semesters one and two designed to improve your legal writing and research skills. For specialised streams, dissertation topic must be within those streams while for general LLM dissertation topics must be within one of the modules chosen by the student.

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
LL.M Dissertation LAWS70990 60 Mandatory
Academic Skills for Legal Studies LAWS50000 0 Optional
Human Rights Law LAWS60291 30 Optional
International Sale of Goods LAWS63051 30 Optional
International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Law LAWS65082 30 Optional
Corporate Governance, Global Trade and Labour Laws LAWS67021 30 Optional
W.T.O. & Regional Integration Law LAWS67031 30 Optional
Transnational Corporate & Capital Markets Law LAWS70081 30 Optional
Intellectual Property Law LAWS70101 30 Optional
Postgraduate Competition Law in an International Context LAWS70172 30 Optional
Trade Mark Law and Policy LAWS70261 30 Optional
Patent Law and Policy LAWS70271 30 Optional
Copyright Law and Policy LAWS70292 30 Optional
International Financial Services Regulation LAWS70352 30 Optional
The Principles and Practice of Corporate Governance LAWS70362 30 Optional
International Law & Practice of Securities Markets LAWS72021 30 Optional
International Investment Law LAWS72042 30 Optional
Law, Money and Technology LAWS73002 30 Optional
Displaying 10 of 18 course units

Scholarships and bursaries

The School is offering a number of awards for students applying for masters study. To find out more please visit our  Master's funding opportunity search page .

Facilities

University of Manchester School of Law students are supported by the first-class resources one expects of a top law school. In addition to the networked study spaces at the Williamson Building, students can access a specialist moot court, enabling future legal minds to hone their debating skills in a realistic court setting, as well as 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 course will prepare you for a career in law with specialisation in international business. It also allows the development of research skills for those wishing to pursue an academic career in international business law.