International Commercial Law and Practice, LL.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #23 (QS) Online
This internationally focused LLM will provide you with a deeper understanding of how commercial law operates in practice.


The LLM in International Commercial Law and Practice at The University of Edinburgh will enable you to develop a practical understanding of the legal issues surrounding specific industries, markets and commercial relationships. It will also facilitate a broader and more generic understanding of underlying themes, such as harmonisation, regulation and compliance.

It will be of benefit to lawyers in practice dealing with international issues, and also to in-house lawyers and other professionals working in international commerce who are confronted by international legal issues and who wish to deepen their legal knowledge.

Programme overview

This programme aims to provide you with a deeper understanding of how international commercial law operates in practice, with course options to reflect interests, experience and industry focus.

Globalisation and developments in technology have led to a marked increase in international trade in goods and services, in international investment, and in the development of global financial markets. In parallel, the world of international commerce has seen major growth in the regulation of commercial activity at a national and international level, and in international litigation and arbitration. This LLM aims to help you understand the international context in which business currently operates.

The programme focuses on the legal responses to the developments shaping international commerce today, as lawyers and business professionals are increasingly required to look beyond domestic law to find solutions appropriate to their international business needs and opportunities.

Programme Structure


  • The LLM in International Commercial Law and Practice gives you the opportunity to study a wide range of modules covering regulatory and policy-based aspects of international commercial law and also particular industry sectors such as oil and gas law.
  • To be awarded the LLM in International Commercial Law and Practice you must successfully complete six modules, four of which must be core modules, and a dissertation over your chosen duration of study

Commercial law module

Courses included
  • Contract Law in Europe
  • A comparative contract law course focussing on the fundamental concepts of the law of contract.
  • Corporate Compliance
  • Examine the legal, ethical, and social compliance issues that arise in an international business setting.
  • European Competition and Innovation
  • Examine the issues arising from the application of Articles 101 and 102 TFEU to practices aimed at furthering innovation and investment.
  • Law of Climate Change
  • Explore the law concerning global climate change and the legal solutions that have sought to address it.
  • Principles of International Taxation
  • Examine the issues surrounding the taxation of cross-border activities.
  • Comparative and International Corporate Governance
  • The theory, law and practice of the governance of corporations across different jurisdictions.
  • Dispute Resolution Methods
  • Explore the current range of methods deployed in dispute resolution.
  • International Law, Human Rights and Corporate Accountability
  • Examining human rights issues and corporate accountability in the context of global business.
  • International Oil and Gas Law
  • Study the legal issues arising in the international oil and gas industry.


                  It will be of benefit to lawyers in practice dealing with international issues, and also to in-house lawyers and other professionals working in international commerce who are confronted by international legal issues and who wish to deepen their legal knowledge.


                  Modules are designed and delivered by leading academics undertaking cutting-edge research in their areas of expertise, and many have also been designed with input from legal practitioners.

                  Detailed Programme Facts

                  • More details:
                    • This LL.M can be studied full time (1 year) or part time (20, 24, 30, 32 and 36 months) and has start dates in both September and January.
                  • Programme intensity

                    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

                    • Full-time duration 12 months
                    • Intensity Flexible
                  • Credits
                    90 ECTS 180 alternative credits
                  • Languages
                    • English
                  • Delivery mode
                    • Time flexibility
                      Fully structured
                    • Attendance
                      No Attendance
                    • Teacher support
                      Continuous support with feedback on request
                    • Student interaction
                      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

                  English Language Requirements

                  You only need to take one of these language tests:

                  • Minimum required score:


                    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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                  • Minimum required score (Grade A):


                    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

                    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

                  • Minimum required score:


                    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

                  Academic Requirements

                  You need the following GPA score:

                  Required score: Upper Second Class

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

                  The minimum basic admission requirement for taught postgraduate degrees is an Upper Second Class honours degree (or better), or its international equivalent. Other qualifications from a recognised higher education institution will be considered on an individual basis.

                  Candidates who have not previously studied a legal subject may still be eligible for study, as every application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

                  Professional experience is taken into account and all applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

                  Getting a Student Visa

                  This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

                  Tuition Fee

                  • International Applies to you

                    18400 GBP/year
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 18400 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                  • EU/EEA Applies to you

                    18400 GBP/year
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 18400 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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