International Business Law, L.L.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)


As globalisation creates pan-national communities of trade, large capital movements, and cross-border investments, what is the role of the law as an enabler and regulator that allows business to flourish?
New digital tools and the movement of people and ideas have invigorated businesses, but lawmakers have been challenged by the problems these developments can bring.
This International Business Law master’s course from University of East London will give you a thorough understanding of the role of business law and its impact on global business practice. You will gain critical insights into the organisations, institutions and ideas behind international business law.
You may or may not have studied law or business before. This is not compulsory. What is more important is your motivation and willingness to learn and engage with our expert staff and fellow students from all over the world.
If you want to keep on working and earn while you learn, you can. All of our classes take place in the evening, with lectures also made available as podcasts and posted online.


The International Business Law LLM is a highly useful and sought-after qualification if you have studied law before and want to take the next step in becoming a solicitor or barrister.

If after taking this master’s course you decide that a legal career is for you but you did not study law as an undergraduate, you will need to take a law conversion course to embark on your legal journey. This LLM course is not a qualifying law degree.

Whatever career path you take, you will be equipped with advanced research skills and the ability to analyse and apply critical thinking to any legal or business problem.

You will have high-level communication skills as well as the demonstrable ability to work as part of a team, debate, make a case and deliver a presentation effectively.

Good legal minds are required in all lines of business and if you become a solicitor you will have the option of working in a legal firm or as an in-house lawyer within a corporation in a wide range of sectors, from financial services and publishing to manufacturing and aerospace.

Not all of our students pursue a legal career. You may see this legal qualification as a key way of helping you in your current role – or as a passport to a change of career.

This could be in the charity/voluntary sector, in business, research, policy-making, the public sector or teaching. You may even decide to continue with your studies and pursue an academic career.

To enhance your career prospects, we run a dedicated employability programme for students in the School of Business and Law. Called 'Employ', it includes employability workshops, skills training sessions, guest speaker events, voluntary work, student ambassador roles and work experience opportunities.

Programme Structure

On this master’s course you will learn about the impact of the law on international business and how this influences and regulates business conduct.

By studying current issues and research in international business law, you will gain a practical as well as a theoretical understanding of the subject.

You will begin by learning about current issues and research in international law, gaining an understanding of the systems, processes and institutions responsible for business regulation.

You will develop an understanding of the growing importance of international corporate governance and how this influences business practice and the role of the law in relation to it.

You’ll then be able to choose a further option from a choice of seven, including Globalisation, Human Rights and Business, and Law and Development.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    180 credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    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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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower 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).

Minimum 2:2 Honours in Law, Social Sciences or Humanities or relevant degree.We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths.

StudyPortals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Master's below. these courses will be necessary if:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Student Visa

Students from United States of America need a visa in order to study in the United Kingdom.
Read more about visa information and requirements for this country.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 12480 International
  • GBP 9660 EU/EEA


£10,000 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme
Postgraduate Loans (PGL)

  • The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,000 to taught and research masters students.  It will be paid to students as a contribution towards tuition fees, living costs and other course costs.
Postgraduate Scholarship
  • Apply for a 50 per cent discount on your tuition fees! You can get a 50 per cent discount on course fees through a UEL Postgraduate Scholarship.The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses.

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