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International Economic Law

Since the establishment of the Bretton Woods System in the aftermath of the Second World War, we have seen an extraordinary evolution of international economic relations towards interdependence and integration.

Discussions on this process, known as economic globalisation, are commonplace in academic and other fora.

This programme seeks to provide participants with in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the institutions, rules and principles of the international economic system, as well as of key legal and policy issues arising from the globalisation of the world economy.

This programme is designed provide an advanced understanding of the law, institutions and policy concerning international economic relations and their ongoing development by the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation, the World Bank, and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in law.

We may also consider a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a social science subject.

International qualifications

Please check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements.

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
    • UKVI list of majority English speaking countries
  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than two and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

Course modules

For 2016/17 the programme consists of 180 credits, comprising taught courses worth 120 credits (60 credits per semester) and a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.

The 120 credits of taught courses (60 credits per semester) is made up of the following mandatory, core and option courses.

Mandatory courses (60 credits):

  • WTO Law (full-year course, 40 credits, counting as 20 credits each semester)
  • International Investment Law (20 credits, semester 1)

Core courses (choose 20-60 credits):

  • The Law of International Trade (40 credits, full year course)
  • International Commercial Arbitration (20 credits, semester 1)
  • Principles of International Tax Law (20 credits, semester 1)
  • Advanced issues in International Economics Law (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law (20 credits, semester 2)

Option courses (choose 0-40 credits):

  • A maximum of 40 credits can be taken from any of the courses offered by the Law School confirmed in September 2016 (including the courses listed above), with the express permission of the Programme Director.


Qualification Study mode Fee status Fee Study period Duration
LLM Full-time Home/EU £ 10,800 Whole course 1 years
LLM Full-time International £ 19,300 Whole course 1 years
LLM Part-time Home/EU £ 5,400 Academic year 2 years
LLM Part-time International £ 9,650 Academic year 2 years

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