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International Commercial and Business Law LLM

An exciting, commercially-relevant programme that provides an in-depth curriculum and thorough training in the law, policy and legal regulation that governs some key areas of commerce and industry worldwide. This course is particularly relevant for students who anticipate careers in business and industry, or intend to specialise in legal practice in the commercial area, and wish to develop expertise and hands-on ability to address and manage business development within a legal framework, whether in the UK or internationally.

Entry requirements

We accept applications from graduates of LLB (Single and Joint Honours) and related subjects such as Accountancy, Finance, Banking and Management Studies, Politics, International Relations and the Social Sciences. For LLB graduates and those with a related degree, we normally require a minimum of a 2(ii) degree from an approved University. Applications with degrees in unrelated disciplines will be considered on a case by case basis for students with degrees in other subjects. Alternatively, possession of a suitable professional qualification or relevant practical experience may be accepted. In general, all applicants are judged on their individual merits. Work experience and other factors are also taken into consideration. 

We have many years’ experience of making offers of entry based on qualifications awarded worldwide and we welcome applications from international students. Entry will require a qualification deemed to be equivalent in level to the UK bachelor degree. For further advice and guidance about your qualification, please contact the International Admissions Officer.

International applicants are normally required to provide evidence of English language proficiency. The minimum English language requirements will normally be:

  • IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each individual component score
  • Pearson PTE: a score of 62 (with no element lower than 58)
  • Cambridge English Test – Advanced: 176 (with no element lower than 169)

International Students

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

Course modules

January intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of January to June and September to January and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

September intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of September to June and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

Teaching will mostly be seminar-based which will promote group and individual interaction, which also ensures that every individual student is encouraged to contribute to discussions. Seminar-based teaching enables lecturers and students to discuss issues and investigate topics in greater depth, and develops critical thinking and solution-based learning skills in students; whilst also allowing the course teachers to monitor closely each individual’s progress. Emphasis will be placed on the use of virtual learning through the mechanism of the Blackboard computer-assisted learning system and databases such as Westlaw and LexisNexis. Throughout all modules, comparative elements with other legal systems will be emphasised.

Teaching will be in English; however, according to the University’s Welsh language policy, students who so wish may be examined and present essays, coursework and dissertations through the medium of Welsh.

Compulsory modules:

Legal Research Methods (Exemptions from this module may be granted if a student has achieved the learning outcomes in another way, e.g. already having done and LLM or LLB with a research or dissertation element. Requests for exemption should be made to the Director of Postgraduate Studies).

Optional modules (choose 5):

  • Comparative Corporate Governance
  • International Banking Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • World Trade Law
  • Competition Law
  • Industrial Property Law
  • Employment Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Taxation Law
  • European Union Internal Market Law
  • International Sales Law


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
LLM Full-time £ 5,400 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
LLM Full-time £ 13,000 (Whole course) International 1 Years

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