LL.M. Commercial Law

University of Birmingham | Birmingham, United Kingdom
Commerce and trade exert some of the most powerful influences on human activity and commercial relationships reflect a constantly evolving world. The ingenuity of traders and the complexity of modern commerce is truly breathtaking. The study of Commercial Law provides an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in this important and fascinating area of law. This programme enables you to develop expertise in a range of commercial law subjects. The School has an international reputation for its research and teaching in commercial law. This programme enables you to develop expertise in a range of commercial law subjects.

Description of Commercial Law


Birmingham Law School has an international reputation for its research and teaching across several broad areas of commercial law. This programme enables you to develop expertise in a wide range of commercial law subjects providing you with a strong foundation for your future career. The LLM in Commercial Law is ideally suited to those students wishing to specialise in English commercial law. The School has a leading reputation for excellence in its research and teaching in this area and the modules available on the LLM in Commercial Law draw on these strengths.

You follow a modular programme (180 credits in total), which comprises six taught modules (20 credits each) and a dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits); the latter to be submitted at the end of the year of study. Students following the Commercial Law programme study a minimum of four of their six modules from the list below:

· Agency, Law of

· Banking Law

· Commercial Conflict of Laws

· Company Law

· Comparative International Commercial Arbitration

· Cyberlaw

· Domestic Sale of Goods, Law of

· English Law of International Sale of Goods

· Financing of International Trade

· Intellectual Property Law

· International Investment Law and Policy

· Legal Aspects of Banking Regulation

· Marine Insurance

· Maritime Law

· Partnership and LLP Law

Students can also choose to study up to two of their six modules from those available on the General LLM:

· British Legal Responses to Terrorism

· Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement

· Criminal Law and Medicine

· Environmental Energy Law

· EU Competition Law

· EU Constitutional Law

· EU State Aid Law and Policy

· European Criminal Law and Justice

· European Health Law

· European Human Rights Law

· Global Crime Problems

· Human Rights and Criminal Justice

· Human Rights and Health Care Law

· International and Comparative Oil and Gas Law (upstream)

· International and European Legal Responses to Terrorism

· International Criminal Law and Justice

· International Humanitarian Law

· International Human Rights Law

· International Trade Law and Policy - Advanced Issues

· International Trade Law and Policy - Foundations

· Law and Reproduction

· Law of International Organisations

· Mentally Disordered Offenders

· Oil and Gas Law: Contracting, Decommissioning and Trade

· Public International Law

· Public Procurement Law

· Restorative Justice

· Sentencing: Prison Studies

· Socio-Legal Method

· Socio-Legal Theory

· The Death Penalty in Law and Practice

· Theory of Criminal Law

· Trading with the European Union

· Transnational Criminal Law

· Victimisation and Victim Policy

Students are also allowed to choose one of their six modules from those offered by the Political Science and International Studies department. Students may chose from the following list:

· Civil War, Conflict and International Intervention

· Democracy, Power and Citizenship

· Ethical Dimension on Terrorism, Political Violence and War

· Gender and Global Governance

· Global Ethics 1

· Multiculturalism and Religious Conflict

· Post-Conflict Peacebuilding and International Order

· Sex, Death, Gender and (In) Security

· Terrorism and Contemporary Conflict

· Totalitarianism And The State

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • Home/EU: £6,210 full-time; £3,105 part-time
  • Overseas: £14,140 full-time only
Not specified
Start date September  2015
Duration full-time 12 months
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

Structure of the Birmingham LLM programme

Birmingham's LLM programmes have been designed to allow in-depth analysis of important legal topics. Modules are all 30 credits in length to enable students to develop significant expertise which will enhance their career prospects.

The LLM programmes last 12 months, running from September to September. All five programmes follow the same basic structure.

  • In part I of the programmes, you take four 30 credit modules: the range of choice depends on the programme you decide to follow. Assessment in those modules, by essays or formal examinations, is in May and June.
  • In part II of the programmes, you research and write a 15,000-word dissertation on a selected topic of law under the supervision of a member of staff.

The programmes enable you to develop expertise in a range of subjects. You will acquire a systematic understanding of these along with a critical appreciation of the problems that arise these fields. You will be encouraged to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge together with a practical understanding of how established research techniques are used to create and interpret knowledge.

Law School Induction

At the start of the course there is a 2-day induction designed to help you settle in and gain an understanding of the LLM programme.

Students do not register for modules before arrival as we feel it is important that you are able to make an informed choice. As part of the induction process module leaders will give a detailed description of what their subject entails and you will have the option to attend any areas which you are interested in for the first two weeks of the course before having to submit a final decision.

Studying part-time

All the LLM programmes may be taken part-time and completed over a period of two years. This mode of study is particularly suitable for barristers and solicitors who wish to combine professional practice with university-level study, gaining CPD points in the process.

International Students

International students are invited to participate in an orientation course run by the universitys International Office before the start of the academic session. For students from outside the UK, there are also lectures on the British constitution, sources of English law and the working methods of the common law system. The English for International Students Unit provides a range of support in reading and writing academic English.

English Language Requirements

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200(Grade A)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

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Requirements for Commercial Law

Typical Taught LLM entry requirements:

  • A first or upper second class Honours degree in law (or a joint Honours degree with a major law component). Students with lower second class law Honours degrees will also be considered if supported by strong academic references and where some modules were of good upper second class standard.
  • An overseas qualification of equivalent standard, whether from a common law, civilian or other jurisdiction.
  • A UK Honours degree in a non-law subject with a good pass in a Common Professional Examination course (eg the Birmingham Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies)
  • A UK Honours degree of at least upper second class Honours standard (or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard) in a non-law subject, where the applicant can demonstrate substantial relevant legal experience

English proficiency requirements for Taught LLM programmes:

If your first language is not English you must provide an English language qualification. Recognised qualifications are:

  • IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any band

  • TOEFL 95 with no less than 22 in any band

Work Experience for Commercial Law

No work experience is required.

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