LL.M. International Commercial Law

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP15540 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
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


Birmingham's LLM programmes have been designed to allow in-depth analysis of important legal topics. Modules are all 20 credits in length, comprising 10 two-hour seminars, to enable students to develop significant expertise which will enhance their career prospects.

Birmingham is able to offer small-group teaching on the LLM and students following popular modules with large numbers of students will receive (where possible) additional teaching time. For these additional hours large classes will be split in to two separate seminar groups in order to provide an equal opportunity for class interaction compared to those in smaller groups.

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

  • In part I of the programmes, you take six 20 credit modules: the range of choice depends on the programme you decide to follow. Assessment in those modules, by essay or formal examination, 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 LLM 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 two-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.

Classes for part-time students on the LLM will be scheduled between 9am-6pm and students will typically have between 2-4 hours of teaching each week. Fees are the same as for full-time study but are split over two years.

International students

International students are invited to participate in an orientation course run by the university’s 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.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 15540 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 6840 Year (EEA)
  • £3,420 part-time
Start date September  2016
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content


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:

  • Agency, Law of
  • Banking Law
  • Commercial Conflict of Laws
  • Company Law
  • Comparative International Commercial Arbitration
  • Cyberlaw
  • Domestic Sale of Goods
  • EU Competition Law
  • EU State Aid Law and Policy
  • Financing of International Trade
  • International Investment Law and Policy
  • International Trade Law and Policy - Advanced Issues
  • International Trade Law and Policy - Foundations
  • Legal Aspects of Banking Regulation
  • Marine Insurance
  • Maritime Law
  • Partnership and LLP Law
  • Public Procurement 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
  • The Death Penalty in Law and Practice
  • English Law of International Sale of Goods
  • Environmental Energy Law
  • EU Constitutional Law
  • European Criminal Law
  • European Health Law
  • European Human Rights Law
  • Global Crime Problems
  • 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 and Reproduction
  • 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. Students may chose from the following list:

  • Civil War, Conflict and International Intervention
  • Democracy, Power and Citizenship
  • Ethical Dimensions of Terrorism, Political Violence and War
  • Gender and Global Governance
  • Global Ethics 1
  • Multiculturalsim and Religious Conflict
  • Post-Conflict Peacebuilding and International Order
  • Sex, Death, Gender and (In) Security
  • Terrorism and Contemporary Conflict
  • Totalitarianism And The State

English Language Requirements

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

Applicants should have a good Honours degree in law, or a degree in another discipline augmented with a pass in the Common Professional Examination.

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

  • IELTS: 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band

Work Experience for International Commercial Law

No work experience is required.

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