International Commercial Law LLM

The past few decades have seen enormous growth in international 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 this pathway makes it an excellent choice for those seeking opportunities in the commercial world and understanding of the global challenges it faces.

Professor Robert Lee

Head of Birmingham Law School

“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.”

The LLM in International Commercial Law is ideally suited to those students wishing to specialise in the international dimension of commercial law. You will have the opportunity to understand how businesses operate internationally and how states and the international system regulate the flow of trade and finance. The School has a leading reputation for excellence in its research and teaching in this area and the modules available on the LLM in International Commercial Law draw on these strengths.

Why study this course

  • Research-led teaching - the latest Research Excellence Framework confirmed that 96% of our research is judged to be internationally recognised
  • International reputation - Birmingham Law School has an international reputation for its research and teaching across several specialist areas of international commercial law
  • Expertise - this LLM programme enables graduate students to develop expertise in a variety of subjects in which the School of Law has significant strengths
  • Transferable skills – the programme 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

Modules

Please note that all modules offered on the International Commercial Law LLM course are compulsory.

  • Banking Law (20 credits)
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea (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).

For more information, see our LLM module descriptions.

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.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fee is (TBC October 2018) per year of study and can be paid in instalments.

We have a number of scholarships available for 2018 entry. Find out more. Funding for 2019 entry will be confirmed in October 2018.

Entry 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

How to apply

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

We will be accepting direct applications onto this programme from October 2018.

At Birmingham, you’ll be taught by experts, often the authors of key legal texts, thereby enabling students to develop significant expertise which will enhance their career prospects.

We continue to provide our students with an innovative, challenging and research-driven education; where you will be actively encouraged to participate in seminars. Modules are all 20 credits in length, comprising of ten two-hour seminars to enable students to develop significant expertise in each area of 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.