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

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  • 12 months
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The Law (Specialism International Commercial Law) LLM, PDip programme offered by the 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 and international organisations in a policymaking or advisory capacity.


The Law (Specialism International Commercial Law) LLM, PDip programme offered by the 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.

Think Kent: International Commercial Law

We assume that everyone should repay their debts and that credit would dry up if individuals did not do so. But is this true? In this lecture, Professor Iain Ramsay from Kent Law School, argues that there are good reasons to have a policy which supports non-repayment of debt and that the credit system will not break down. It may in fact be a good policy to encourage over-indebted individuals to file for bankruptcy, receive a relatively swift discharge of debts and receive a fresh start.


Employability is a key focus throughout the University and at Kent Law School you have the support of a dedicated Employability and Career Development Officer together with a broad choice of work placement opportunities, employability events and careers talks. Details of graduate internship schemes with NGOs, charities and other professional organisations are made available to postgraduate students via the School’s Employability Blog.

Law graduates have gone on to careers in finance, international commerce, government and law or have joined, or started, an NGO or charity.

Kent has an excellent record for postgraduate employment: over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2015 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.

About Kent Law School

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.

National ratings

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.

Programme Structure

Course structure:

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

Your choice of pathway will be shaped by the modules you take and your dissertation topic. To be awarded an LLM in a single pathway, at least three of your six modules must be chosen from those associated with that pathway and your dissertation focusing on that area of law. The other three modules can be chosen from any offered in the Law School. 

Modules include:

  • 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
For more information, please visit the programme's website.

                                            Detailed Programme Facts

                                            • Programme intensity

                                              You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

                                              • Duration 12 months
                                              • Average duration 24 months
                                              • Intensity Flexible
                                              • Part-time variant
                                            • Credits
                                              90 ECTS 180 alternative credits
                                              • Total Kent credits: PDip 120; LLM 180
                                              • Total ECTS credits: PDip 60; LLM 90
                                            • Languages
                                              • English
                                            • Delivery mode
                                              On Campus
                                            • More information Go To The Course Website
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                                            English Language Requirements

                                            You only need to take one of these language tests:

                                            • Minimum required score:


                                              The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                                            • Minimum required score (Grade C):


                                              The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

                                              Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

                                            • Minimum required score:


                                              The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

                                            Academic Requirements

                                            You need the following GPA score:

                                            Required score: Upper Second Class

                                            Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                                            Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                                            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.

                                            All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications. 

                                            Tuition Fee Per Year

                                            • GBP 14670 International
                                            • GBP 7210 EU/EEA
                                            LLM Part-time: 
                                            • UK/EU £3620; 
                                            • Overseas £7340
                                            PDip Full-time:
                                            • UK/EU: £7210
                                            • Overseas: £14670
                                            PDip Part-time:
                                            • UK/EU: £3620
                                            • Overseas: £7340



                                            The University of Kent has a scholarship fund of over £9 million to support our taught and research students. This funding includes Research Council Funded Scholarships, available for Postgraduate Research projects.


                                            Eligible students can borrow up to £10,280. In order to be eligible for a loan, you have to be a UK national or have a “settled status”, but there are no restrictions on how long you can stay.

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