LLM in International Commercial Law

Start date
September 2021
1 year (full-time), 2 years (part-time)
Course Type

September 2021 

The annual tuition fee is for full-time study is AED 93,744, or AED 46,872 for part-time.


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The past few decades have seen enormous growth in global commerce, increasing the importance and prominence of international commercial law.

This area of law provides a basis for international business transactions and the development of international markets. The increasing relevance of our LLM degree in International Commercial Law makes it an excellent choice for those seeking opportunities in the commercial world and understanding of the global challenges it faces.

We have designed the timetable of this postgraduate programme to suit the schedule of our students. We offer classes in the day time on weekdays for students who want a full university experience. For working professionals, we offer a flexible combination of evening and weekend classes.

This programme is accredited by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education

Our Master of Laws (LLM) programme in International Commercial Law will offer you a way ahead in a highly competitive global market, by equipping you with a strong body of specialist knowledge while developing the analytical ability so needed in commercial legal services.

Professor Lisa Webley , Head of Birmingham Law School

Why study this course?

  • International reputation - Birmingham Law School is ranked in the 100 best law schools in the world (QS World Rankings 2020) and has an international reputation for its research and teaching across several specialist areas of international commercial law
  • Excellent career prospects – alumni from Birmingham Law School consistently find employment in the leading international law firms. Many have achieved international distinction as lawyers, academics, in the judiciary and in other fields such as commerce and public service. Joining the programme will involve joining a vibrant global community of students, alumni and academics
  • Transferable skills – this LLM degree in International Commercial Law prepares you for a wide range of careers as it enables you to develop your skills in research and writing through preparing assessed work and a substantial dissertation written under the supervision of a specialist in the subject
  • Support and guidance - you will have access to a range of support services -including excellent library resources and support in developing skills in research, drafting and other subject-specific skills.

Meet our Programme Director

David Holloway is an experienced legal professional and academic based in Dubai.

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Please note that all modules offered on this International Commercial Law LLM degree are compulsory.

  • Banking Law - (20 credits)
  • Comparative International Commercial Arbitration (20 credits)
  • Commercial Conflict of Law (20 credits)
  • Company Law (20 credits)
  • Intellectual Property Law (20 credits)
  • International Trade Law and Policy: Foundations (20 credits)

Students will also undertake a dissertation project not exceeding 15,000 words on an approved legal topic relating to International Commercial Law (60 credits).

All 20 credit modules equate to 200hours of studying time: 30hrs will be in seminars and 170hrs is guided independent study.

Please note that the module information listed on the website for this programme is intended to be indicative, and the availability of modules may vary from year to year. Where a module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you to make other choices.


September 2021 

The annual tuition fee is for full-time study is AED 93,744, or AED 46,872 for part-time which can be paid in instalments.

We have a number of scholarships available for 2020 entry. Find out more.

How To Apply

To find out more information about our application process please visit our 'How to apply page' before starting your application.


Our Standard Requirements

Applicants should have a good Honours degree in law, or a degree in another discipline augmented with a pass in the Common Professional Examination.

International students:

International qualifications which are equivalent to a UK honours degree in Law will be considered. Learn more about international entry requirements

If your first language is not English you must provide an English language qualification. Recognised qualifications include:

  • IELTS: 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band

International Requirements

We will provide you with an innovative, challenging and research-driven education; where you will be actively encouraged to participate in seminars and contribute original ideas to discussion. You will also develop your skills in research and analyzing the law,  in advising and presenting solutions to practical legal problems. Each module has been designed by a University of Birmingham academic with the needs of the future lawyer in mind.  The modules will provide you with a grounding in common law and international approaches to commercial legal issues. You’ll be taught by experts, often the authors of key legal texts, many of whom also have extensive experience of international practice. You will develop significant technical expertise and an international perspective, enhancing your career prospects.

This programme is designed to be flexible, suiting the needs of a diverse student body. The full-time programme will run from September to September studying six modules in total, three in the first term and three in the second term. The part-time programme will run alongside the full-time programme, studying three modules per year over two years.

The LLM is designed with flexibility in mind and can be undertaken in part-time mode alongside current employment. The modules you will study are:

  • Banking Law
  • International Arbitration
  • Commercial Conflict of Laws
  • Company Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Trade Law and Policy: Foundations

You will also undertake a dissertation project on an approved legal topic relating to International Commercial Law.

You will be assessed in the modules by essays or formal examination. You will also research and write a 15,000-word dissertation on an approved legal topic relating to international commercial law under the supervision of a member of staff.

Our graduates move onto a diverse range of careers, with many going on to work in top law schools and law firms. Some examples of where our recent graduates have gone on to work include: the Home Office, Pinsent Masons LLP, and Kinstellar. A number of our postgraduate students go directly from Birmingham to complete the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Professional Training Course.

Your Birmingham Degree

Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends.