LL.M. Law (Specialism International Commercial Law) LLM, PDip

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP13340 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    )
    GBP6040 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    )
  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Canterbury, United Kingdom
The Law (Specialism International Commercial Law) LLM, PDip programme from University of Kent opens up access to a range of occupations that require specialist expertise. It equips you with the necessary intellectual tools to practise international commercial law, or work for relevant government departments, regulators and international organisations in a policymaking or advisory capacity. It also provides an excellent foundation for students who may wish to pursue a research degree in the field.

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The Kent LLM (and associated Diploma programme) allows you to broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of law by specialising in one or more different areas.

The Law (Specialism International Commercial Law) LLM, PDip programme from University of Kent combines a thorough grounding in technical legal instruments of international commercial law, with sophisticated training in interdisciplinary frameworks for analysis of global business regulation, as well as reflective evaluation of the operation and effectiveness of law. Emphasis is also placed upon the interaction of law with other disciplines, particularly economics and politics. The modules are taught by distinguished academic specialists who cover a large and diverse range of subjects within the field.

Studying for a Master's in Law (LLM) at Kent means having the certainty of gaining an LLM in a specialist area of Law. The Kent LLM gives you the freedom to leave your choice of specialism open until after you arrive, your specialism being determined by the modules you choose.

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Kent Law School (KLS) is the UK's leading critical law school. A cosmopolitan centre of world-class critical legal research, it offers a supportive and intellectually stimulating place to study postgraduate taught and research degrees.

In addition to learning the detail of the law, students at Kent are taught to think about the law with regard to its history, development and relationship with wider society. This approach allows students to fully understand the law. Our critical approach not only makes the study of law more interesting, it helps to develop crucial skills and abilities required for a career in legal practice.

The Law School offers its flagship Kent LLM at the University’s Canterbury campus (and two defined LLM programmes at the University’s Brussels centre). Our programmes are open to non-law graduates with an appropriate academic or professional background who wish to develop an advanced understanding of law in their field. You study within a close-knit, supportive and intellectually stimulating environment, working closely with academic staff. KLS uses critical research-led teaching throughout our programmes to ensure that you benefit from the Law School’s world-class research.

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In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, research by Kent Law School was ranked 8th in the UK for research intensity. We were also ranked 7th for research power and in the top 20 for research output, research quality and research impact.

An impressive 99% of our research was judged to be of international quality and the School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of world-leading research.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Tuition fee
  • GBP13340 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    )
  • GBP6040 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    )
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS
  • Total Kent credits: PDip 120; LLM 180
  • Total ECTS credits: PDip 60; LLM 90
Credits 180
  • Total Kent credits: PDip 120; LLM 180
  • Total ECTS credits: PDip 60; LLM 90
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

Course structure

You can tailor your studies to your particular needs and interests to obtain an LLM or Diploma in a single specialisation, in two specialisations jointly, or by choosing a broad range of modules in different areas of law to obtain a general LLM or Diploma in Law.

As a student on the LLM at Canterbury, your choice of specialisation will be shaped by the modules you take and your dissertation topic. To be awarded an LLM in a single specialisation, at least three of your six modules must be chosen from those associated with that specialisation with your dissertation also focusing on that area of law. The other three modules can be chosen from any offered in the Law School. All students are also required to take the Legal Research and Writing Skills module. To be awarded a major/minor specialisation you will need to choose three modules associated with one specialisation, and three from another specialisation, with the dissertation determining which is your 'major' specialisation.

For example, a student who completes at least three modules in International Commercial Law and completes a dissertation in this area would graduate with an LLM in International Commercial Law; a student who completes three Criminal Justice modules and three Environmental Law modules and then undertakes a dissertation which engages with Criminal Justice would graduate with an LLM in Criminal Justice and Environmental Law.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of this specialisation stream. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation and student demand. Most specialisation streams will require you to study a combination of subject specialisation modules and modules from other specialisation streams so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Law on Foreign Investment
  • World Trade Organisation Law and Practice
  • International Financial Services Regulation
  • International and Comparative Consumer Law & Policy
  • Economic Sociology of Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Contemporary Topics in Intellectual Property
  • Corporate Governance
  • Commercial Credit
  • International and Comparative Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law & Policy
Teaching and Assessment

The postgraduate programmes offered within the Law School are usually taught in seminar format. Students on the Diploma and LLM programmes study three modules in each of the autumn and spring terms. The modules are normally assessed by a 4-5,000-word essay. Students undertaking an LLM degree must write a dissertation of 15-20,000 words.

Programme aims

This programme aims to provide:

  • LLM: The opportunity to develop (a) expert knowledge and a sophisticated understanding of particular areas of law; (b) advanced research, writing and oral communication skills of general value to postgraduate employment.
    PGDip: The opportunity to develop (a) expert knowledge and a sophisticated understanding of particular areas of law; (b) written and oral communication skills of general value to postgraduate employment.
  • LLM: A sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the institutional structures, key principles of law and policy and influential ideas, theories, assumptions and paradigms of particular areas of law.
    PGDip: A sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the institutional structures, key principles of law and policy and influential ideas, theories, assumptions and paradigms of the subjects studied.
  • LLM & PGDip: A degree of specialisation in areas of law and policy chosen from the LLM option streams available and an opportunity for students to engage with academic work at the frontiers of scholarship.
  • LLM & PGDip: A critical awareness of the operation of law and policy, particularly in contexts that are perceived to be controversial or in a state of evolution.
  • LLM: The skills to undertake supervised research on an agreed topic in their specialisation and to encourage the production of original, evaluative analysis that meets high standards of scholarship.
  • LLM & PGDip: Critical, analytical and problem-solving skills that can be applied to a wide range of contexts.
  • LLM & PGDip: The skills of academic legal research and writing.
  • LLM: A sophisticated grounding in research methods.
Learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the institutions, principles and structures of law in areas studied, and the policy background and interrelationships between them
  • the key concepts, policy issues, principles; and relevant sources of law and policy in the areas studied
  • the substantive law relevant to a range of key areas of law and policy
  • the theoretical, social and academic debates which underlie the substantive areas of law studied
  • the practical contexts in which law operates
  • the importance of evaluating law alongside its theoretical and practical contexts: and
  • the relationship and inter-relationship between areas of law studied.
Intellectual skills

You develop intellectual skills in the following:

  • effectively applying the knowledge of law and policy in areas studied to a wide range of situations where relevant practical or theoretical issues are under consideration
  • evaluating issues according to their context, relevance and importance
  • gathering relevant information and access key sources by electronic or other means
  • formulating arguments on central issues and areas of controversy, and being able to present a reasoned opinion based upon relevant materials
  • recognising potential alternative arguments and contrary evidence to your own opinion, and presenting a reasoned justification for your preference
  • independence of mind and the ability to offer critical challenge to received understanding on particular issues
  • the ability to reflect constructively on your learning progression.
Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in the following:

  • the ability to identify and characterise issues relating to areas of law studied, which arise in practical situations
  • the ability to research and access the main sources of law and policy that are relevant to the area of law studied
  • the ability to appreciate and evaluate the main theoretical and political perspectives that underlie the legal provisions
  • the ability to provide a reasoned and justified opinion as to the possible legal consequences in particular circumstances
  • awareness of the limitations of present knowledge and matters needing to be resolved by further research
  • the ability to utilise research skills, at least, to commence further research into unresolved issues
Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills in the following:

  • the ability to identify relevant issues from potentially complex factual situations
  • the ability to undertake research from a diverse range of sources;
  • the ability to summarise detailed, complex information accurately and concisely
  • the ability to formulate arguments in verbal presentations and defend these against opposing views
  • presenting information and arguments in written form, in accordance with academic conventions, and appropriately to the intended readership
  • evaluating personal performance.

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Requirements

  • September Start: A first or 2.1 honours degree or equivalent, in law or a related subject. Students who achieve a high 2.2 standard may also be considered at the discretion of Kent Law School (KLS). The School may also take account of relevant work experience when considering applications.
  • January Start: At least a Postgraduate Diploma or Master’s degree at Merit or equivalent in Law or a related subject.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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