LL.M. International Commercial Law

University of Birmingham | Birmingham, United Kingdom
The past few decades have seen enormous growth in international commerce, increasing the importance and prominence of international commercial law. This area of law provides a basis for international business transactions and the development of international markets. The increasing relevance of this programme makes it an excellent choice for those seeking opportunities in the commercial world.

Description of International Commercial Law


The LLM in International Commercial Law is ideally suited to those students wishing to specialise in the international dimension of 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 International 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 International Commercial Law programme study a minimum of four of their six modules from the list below:

  • Banking Law
  • Business Taxation
  • Commercial Conflict of Laws
  • Commercial Property and Regeneration Law
  • Company Law
  • Comparative International Commercial Arbitration
  • Cyberlaw
  • Law of Domestic Sale of Goods
  • EU Competition Law
  • EU State Aid Law and Policy
  • Financing of International Trade
  • International and Comparative Oil and Gas Law (upstream)
  • International Investment Law and Policy
  • International Trade Law and Policy - Advanced Issues
  • International Trade Law and Policy - Foundations
  • Law and Finance in Emerging Markets
  • Law of Agency
  • Marine Insurance
  • Maritime Law
  • Oil and Gas Law: Contracting, Decomissioning and Trade
  • Partnership and LLP Law
  • Public Procurement Law
  • The Vienna Sales Convention

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

  • Advanced Political and Legal Theory
  • British Legal Responses to Terrorism
  • Crime and Gender
  • Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
  • Criminal Law and Medicine
  • The Death Penalty in Law and Practice
  • English Law of International Sale of Goods
  • EU Constitutional Law
  • European Criminal Law
  • European Health Law
  • European Human Rights Law
  • EU Security and Defence Law
  • Global Crime Problems
  • Homicide
  • Human Rights and Criminal Justice
  • Human Rights and Health Care Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International and European Legal Responses to Terrorism
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Law of International Organisations
  • Mentally Disordered Offenders
  • Public International Law
  • Restorative Justice
  • Sentencing: Prison Studies
  • Socio-Legal Method
  • Socio-Legal Theory
  • 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.

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

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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CAE score
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.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for International 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 International Commercial Law

No work experience is required.

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