University of Birmingham

International Commercial Law, LL.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English


This area of law provides a basis for international business transactions and the development of international markets. The increasing relevance of this pathway makes it an excellent choice for those seeking opportunities in the commercial world and understanding of the global challenges it faces.

The LLM in International Commercial Law from the University of Birmingham is ideally suited to those students wishing to specialise in the international dimension of commercial law. You will have the opportunity to understand how businesses operate internationally and how states and the international system regulate the flow of trade and finance. 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. 


In 2014/15, 93% of Law postgraduate students were in employment or further study within six months of graduating, with 90% of those employed in graduate level employment.  Our graduates move onto a diverse range of careers, with many going on to work in top law schools and law firms. Some examples of where our recent graduates have gone on to work include; the Criminal Justice Alliance, the Home Office, Pinsent Masons LLP, Shoosmiths LLP and Equity Chambers. A number of our postgraduate students go directly from Birmingham to complete the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Professional Training Course.

Links to the Legal Profession

The Law School maintains strong links with the professional world, through our network of alumni and contacts in the barristers’ and solicitors’ professions. These links allow us to put on a series of law careers events throughout the academic year.

Each autumn, the University hosts the Law Fair, in which we welcome over 50 law firms, including some of the largest law firms in the world, to the University's Great Hall. The attendees represent law firms of all sizes and most areas of practice.

Rach year, the Law School hosts an “Employability Fortnight”. The events which run in this fortnight have included an Applications Process Panel Session, a Midlands Circuit Court Visit followed by an Inner Temple Drinks Reception in the evening, an Alternative Dispute Resolution Workshop by Herbert Smith, and dedicated Careers Advice Drop-in Sessions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Banking Law
  • Business Taxation
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea
  • Commercial Conflict of Laws
  • Company Law
  • Domestic Sale of Goods
  • Elements of Cyberlaw
  • Environmental Energy Law
  • Financing of International Trade
  • International Trade Law and Policy: Foundations
  • International Trade Law and Public Procurement 
  • Law of Agency
  • Maritime Law

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Monday 2 July is the application deadline for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom.

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

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 C):


    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).

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

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    17010 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17010 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Part-time fee - £4,500/year


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