International Business and Corporate Law

LLM

  • Entry Year 2023
  • Duration Full time 12 Months, Part time 24 Months

Overview

The LLM International Business and Corporate Law uses the globalised economy as the context for an in-depth study of corporate law. It enables you to gain a coherent international and European perspective on corporate and business law, and to examine the strengths and weaknesses of UK corporate law in the global context. Combining core and elective modules, you have the opportunity to explore a wide range of globally and commercially significant issues while developing specialist expertise. The degree is taught by many of our research-active academics based in the Law School and offers you the opportunity to engage with teaching staff who are working in the field of international research.

For your degree, you will study 6 taught modules plus writing a dissertation of 15,000 words. Some of these modules are compulsory (core), while you can choose the rest from our list of optional modules.

Our Law School is home to the Centre of international Law and Human Rights, the Centre for Crime, Law and Justice, the Centre for Law and Society, and the Centre for Child and Family Justice; these influential centres underpin our postgraduate teaching, which is often research-led and research-informed.

Your core modules are Corporations in International Business Law, at least two more corporate related modules, Research Methods in law, and the LLM Dissertation. The module in Corporations in International Business Law uses the globalised economy as the context for an in-depth study of corporate law. You will have the opportunity to examine the strengths and weaknesses of UK corporate law as judged against international standards.

The Research Methods in Law module will provide an insight into various theoretical approaches to the study of law, as well as give guidance on research design and ethics.

The dissertation is an independent, in-depth inquiry into a research topic of your choosing. The topic will link to a key legal question or issue and may also directly relate to your professional/career interests. This is your opportunity to make a contribution to the legal and academic community with new, original research and writing. A dissertation supervisor can provide you with support and introduce you to relevant legal material and research; their personal research interests will closely align with your chosen topic wherever possible.

We pride ourselves on the choice and breadth of elective modules available, offering you access to expertise in relevant and growing fields such as Intellectual Property Law, International Commercial Litigation, International Commercial Arbitration, Corporate Governance, and Insolvency Law.

Our teaching approach is international in scope and comparative by nature, and we actively encourage you to build a beneficial network of academics, peers and alumni during your time with us. All of this will help you to broaden your experience, deepen your understanding, and prepare for your next step.

Your postgraduate LLM degree can open doors to a range of careers. You will have the opportunity to develop the skills required to critically evaluate research relating to international business and corporate law; skills which can be highly prized by employers in the UK with international commercial interests, and by international corporations. Whilst on the degree you will also have the chance to develop your analytical and communication skills which can help to build on your employability in any sector. The LLM is also an ideal stepping stone to PhD study and academia.

Entry Requirements

Undergraduate Degree: 2:1 (Hons) degree (UK or equivalent) in any discipline.

If you have studied outside of the UK, you can check your qualifications here: International Qualifications

English Language: IELTS - Overall score of at least 6.5, with no individual element below 5.5

We consider tests from other providers, which can be found here: English language requirements

If your score is below our requirements we may consider you for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes

Pre-sessional English language programmes available:

4 Week Overall score of at least 6.0, with no individual element below 5.5

10 Week Overall score of at least 5.5, with at least 5.5 in writing and no individual element below 5.0

Funding: All applicants should consult our information on Postgraduate Fees and Funding; Faculty Scholarships and Funding; Law School Fees and Funding webpage.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Core

Optional

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.

Fees and Funding

Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK £10,500 £5,250
International £22,100 £11,050

Scholarships and Bursaries

You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course:

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate research you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

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Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2023/2024 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

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