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LLM International Business

To understand global interconnectedness of economies, markets and industries within which transnational corporations compete, an individual would require a high degree of knowledge and understanding of the municipal, regional and international customs, practices and laws. Such an individual would also require a certain set of communication skills to draft, present, negotiate, moot and write in a disciplined way.

LLM International Business programme therefore aims to provide such knowledge and understanding as well as the skills to the students through an advanced study and assessment of laws within subject areas and issues that are rooted in the international business and management environment.

The programme is designed to equip students to develop the understanding of concepts and theories, stimulate critical thinking and resolve legal disputes from a multidisciplinary perspective. The programme also offers students the opportunity to reflect on their own knowledge, experience and industry practice, particularly through peer interaction.

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have at least one of the following:

  • Obtain a UK Honours Degree (or the equivalent of a UK Honours Degree) in a subject appropriate to the LLM. General or specific Business and Management, HRM,  Accounting, Finance and Law related degrees as well as postgraduate qualifications such as MBA are deemed to be appropriate.
  • Appropriate Professional qualifications or experience. Professional ACCA, Professional CIMA, Legal Practice Course, Bar Professional Training Course and CILEx Graduate Membership or related level of employment experience are deemed to be appropriate.

Applicants will also be required to satisfy English language requirements. Applicants whose Bachelor's degree was not taught and assessed in English should have an English language level equivalent to IELTS 6.5​​.

Selection Procedure: 
The broad entry requirements to the programme are set to ensure that the applications from candidates who have well founded and appropriate interest to pursue legal studies at an advanced level but not necessarily be from a legal background or have a law degree can be properly and reasonably considered.  The aim is to ensure that someone with a non-law degree or someone who has extensive employment experience in legally related field is treated as equitably as those holding law degrees or were in legal practice.

Therefore, whilst selection for this course is primarily through assessment of candidates’ academic attainments and/or work experience to date, additional information given in the application form and in particular a detailed personal statement and verifiable and evidence based curriculum vitae as well as satisfactory references will carry a great deal of weight. Where possible, personal interviews will also be conducted by the Programme Director.

In all the circumstances, the programme director will be happy to provide further and better particulars on the programme as well as informally advise potential candidates whether a formal application should be submitted.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility.

Course modules

The programme comprises a number of compulsory and optional modules, which can be studied either on a one year full time or a two year part time basis. In total, students are required to successfully complete 180 credits to be awarded the degree of LLM International Business.

Compulsory modules (140 credits):

  • International Business Law (20 credits)
  • Transnational Commercial Law (20 credits)
  • Business and Crime (20 credits)
  • The Role of Business in Society (20 credits)
  • Legal Research Skills and Reasoning (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)

In addition to the five foundation of knowledge compulsory taught modules above and the dissertation, students will need to undertake two specialist option modules dependent on the chosen pathway, if any.
The programme consists of the following four pathways. Operation of certain pathways* and modules are subject to a minimum class size.

LLM International Business (Finance)*
LLM International Business (Information Technology and Intellectual Property)*
LLM International Business (Entrepreneurship)*
LLM International Business (Employment and Human Resource)*

Options/ Pathway modules (40 credits):

Finance Pathway*:

  • Legal Aspects of International Finance (20 credits)
  • Legal Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions (20 credits)

Information Technology and Intellectual Property Pathway*:

  • E-Commerce and Security (20 credits)
  • Legal Applications and Intellectual Property in Technology (20 credits)

Entrepreneurship Pathway*:

  • Entrepreneurship and Law (20 credits)
  • Creativity, Marketing and Enterprise (20 credits)

Employment and Human Resource Pathway*:

  • Managing People in a Global Context (20 credits)
  • Employment Law and Practice (20 credits)

*The availability of these pathways is subject to a minimum class size. Please see our Terms & Conditions​ for further information.


Assessment methods

The assessment strategy for the modules and for the programme as a whole complies with the requirements of Cardiff Metropolitan University regulations contained in the Academic Handbook. Within these regulations, specific requirements are set out such as the required threshold for passing and failing modules and assessments, progression and the operation of the examination boards.

Whilst there will be periodic formative assessments to enable students to gain detailed feedback on the tasks set, where possible, summative assessments for the modules will be based on current live issues in the industry with the aims of developing knowledge and understanding in the subject matter as well as reflecting the need for enhanced set of specialist skills to be developed and in particular, oral skills. Thus whilst there are no examinations, students will be required to write extensive legal arguments in the form of legal essays, draft case notes and pleas, and undertake presentation, negotiation and mooting.

All assessments are reviewed within the Law Field Group before approval is sought from the External Examiner. Once approved, the assessments are uploaded into Moodle VLE including specific guidance and instructions. Each module contains multiple assessments with specific deadlines for submission. The university regulations stipulate that for each 20 credit taught module, the assessments should in total be 6,000 words or equivalent. The law dissertation will however be of approximately 12,000 words.

All assessments have detailed grading and marking criteria that reflect the requirements of level 7 study (Master’s level) as well as specific skills set and knowledge and understanding to be developed by the students in the course of the programme.

Feedback and feed-forward
The School has detailed requirements on the timeliness and appropriate level and mode of feedback that the students are entitled to throughout their study. Feedback is therefore provided individually and collectively, not only on summative assessments but also on formative assessments, workshops, progress in modules and preparatory work. Sessions are built into the module timetable to enable collective feedback and feed-forward and students are encouraged to attend them.

Students are particularly encouraged to pay specific attention to face-to-face individual feedback held privately after the first pieces of coursework has been marked and commented upon. This is to enable students to do better in their second pieces of coursework. Feedback is provided within 2 weeks of submission for paper-based assessments. Feedback for oral assessments is provided immediately after the session.

Assessment marking
The module tutor will mark all scripts as the first marker. Samples from each grade band will also be marked by the second independent marker acting in their capacity as the internal verifier as per the School learning and teaching procedures and rules. All failed scripts will be marked by both markers.

Samples are also provided to the external examiner. All marks remain provisional and subject to the final determination of the duly constituted examination board.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
LLM Full-time 1 Years

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