International Trade and Commercial Law (PGDip), LL.M.

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The LLM in International Trade and Commercial Law (PGDip) from Oxford Brookes University provides the opportunity to study how the law relates to commercial endeavours within a globalised economy from the perspective of the private business actor. It enables you to specialise in areas such as international commercial arbitration, cross-border transactions, international investment law, intellectual property law, anti-corruption, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility.
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This LLM in International Trade and Commercial Law (PGDip) from Oxford Brookes University combines rigorous legal education with a contemporary and global perspective. It is ideally suited to students from a commercial law, business, management, or economics background, providing advanced knowledge of the application of legal principles and mechanisms to the world of international commerce.

The course is designed to provide you with the specialist skills and in-depth knowledge that will be attractive to employers in the areas of international and commercial legal practice, import-export, insurance, investment, shipping and freight and commodities.

Course length
  • Full-time: LLM: 12 months; PGDip: 9 months
  • Part-time: LLM: 24 months; PGDip:18 months
Why choose this course?
  • As well as being attractive to employers in the areas of international and commercial legal practice, import-export, insurance, investment, shipping and freight, and commodities, this course is also ideal for those who intend to pursue careers in emerging markets jurisdictions, international and national trade bodies, as well as in government and academic posts.
  • Enhance your CV and career prospects by developing specialisations that go beyond the standard commercial and trade law subjects of a LLB or other law degree.
  • All members of the LLM course team are active researchers and encourage students to become involved in their respective areas of research by teaching specialist modules in which they have expertise and by supervising dissertations in their specialist subjects.
  • Your course tutors, fellow students and alumni are drawn from countries around the world giving you the opportunity to build a truly international network of contacts.
  • Special support is provided for international students, particularly those whose first language is not English, to ensure that they find their feet quickly and are able to participate fully.
  • The 2015 Times/ Sunday Times Good University Guide places the School of Law at Oxford Brookes in the top 30 of all the UK’s university Law Schools.
  • You will benefit from a range of teaching and learning strategies, from case studies to interactive seminars, presentations and moots.
  • In addition to our own excellent libraries and resource centres, LLM students have access to the unparalleled legal holdings at the Bodleian Law Library.

Programme Structure

Students studying for the LLM in International Trade and Commercial Law are required to complete the compulsory module in Law of International Business Transactions (20 credits), and the compulsory module in International Economic Law (20 credits) in the first semester, as well as the compulsory module in Advanced Legal Research Methods (20 credits).

In the second semester you take the compulsory module in Advanced Issues of International Business Transactions (20 credits. In addition you can choose any two of the listed options below (20 credits each, totalling 40 M-level credits):

  • Law of International Business Transactions
  • International Economic Law
  • Advanced Legal Research Methods
  • Advanced Issues of International Business Transactions

In Semester 2 you can choose any two of the following options (20 credits each, totalling 60 master's level credits)*:

  • International Investment Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Law, Globalisation and Development
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Labour Law
  • European Union Law
  • Dissertation
*Please be aware that availability of options may vary from year to year subject to staff availability and student demand.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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You will normally be required to have (or to be expecting) a good honours degree, or an equivalent degree awarded by a university outside the United Kingdom. The degree may be in Law or in a related discipline. We welcome applications from both non-Law graduates and work experience-based candidates.

Those of you new to the academic study of law will be advised to read a number of recommended texts by way of induction before you begin the course. You are also encouraged to attend the induction sessions provided in the week prior to the beginning of the course.

English Language Requirements

An IELTS minimum score of 6.5 (with 6.0 in reading and writing) is required.

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Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.

  • If you need to take a pre-master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course, you can take our two year master’s course. This course combine the pre-master's diploma and your master's in one application. You can apply for one visa for the two years of study.
  • If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS Postgraduate.

Through UCAS Postgraduate, you should use the UKPASS portal to make your application, which will then be forwarded directly to our Admissions Office. You should send supporting documentation to us directly using the email addresses on the UKPASS application form.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 13100 International
  • GBP 6520 EU/EEA
  • Home / EU full-time on-campus fee: £6,520
  • Home / EU part-time on-campus fee: £3,330
  • International full-time on-campus fee: £13,100
Where part time fees are quoted this is for the first year only. Fees will increase by approximately 2% each year.


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