International Business and Corporate Law


  • Entry year 2024
  • Duration Full time 1 year, Part time 2 years


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Why Lancaster?

  • Develop the expertise you need to advance your career in this specialist area of law practice
  • Examine the strengths and weaknesses of UK corporate law in the global context to gain expert insight
  • Learn from world-class researchers, and be the first to hear about our latest research in international law
  • Carry out your own research to bring fresh insight into international business and corporate law
  • Benefit from our strong links to chambers and law firms across the UK, including Magic Circle firms in London

From the rise in FinTech to solving issues around sustainability, this is an exciting time to specialise in international business and corporate law and to access a rewarding career. Join us to learn how to manage new developments and tackle emerging challenges through your legal expertise.

Informed by research
Our Law School is home to a number of specialist research centres:

  • Centre for International Law and Human Rights
  • Centre for Crime, Law and Justice
  • Centre for Law and Society
  • Centre for Child and Family Justice

Our experts bring their research into their teaching and you will hear at first hand about the latest developments in the sector.

Studying this course, you’ll complete our ‘Corporations in International Business Law’ module. This covers the international perspective on business law and its impact on corporations, as well as looking at the globalised economy. You will also examine the strengths and weaknesses of UK corporate law.

Expand your expertise
Although international business and corporate law will be your focus, you’ll have the flexibility to focus on your particular interests by choosing from a wide range of optional modules. Many students specialising in this area look at law makers and regulators in the international business environment, while others explore environmental issues or intellectual property law and its relationship with international law.

In our ‘Research Methods in Law’ module, we’ll provide an insight into the different methods used, as well as design and ethics. This will prepare you to carry out your dissertation in an area that interests you. Past students have investigated diverse topics from the interaction between human rights and businesses to problems surrounding insolvency law.


By combining core and elective modules, you’ll graduate with a keen insight into a wide range of globally and commercially significant issues while also being able to show employers you have specialist expertise.

You might decide to take the next step in your career. Or perhaps you’ll contribute to important legal research to help move forward understanding in international business and corporate law.

The ability to critically evaluate research is in demand in both the public and private sectors. Because of your expertise, you’ll be a good fit for legal departments at many businesses both in the UK and around the world.

Our graduates work in a range of UK and international organisations including:

  • NGOs
  • Multinational corporations
  • Charities
  • Judicial services

This course is also an ideal stepping stone to PhD study where you can continue to explore an area of law that interests you.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in Law or any other subject.

We will also consider applications on an individual basis if you have lower qualifications, or a qualification that is not included on our list of international qualifications, or experience in professional legal practice.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 5.5 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email

Course structure

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

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)
Home £11,500 £5,750
International £23,875 £11,935

General fees and funding information

Scholarships and bursaries

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course. You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

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.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2024/2025 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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