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International Commercial Law

This course offers interesting and challenging legal study. It will develop your knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence, helping you to make reasoned choices between competing arguments and practical solutions.

Qualification: LLM

Credits: 180

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: 15 months

Start date: September 2017

Is this course for me?

This programme is aimed at students who wish to develop expertise in legal aspects of trade, finance, commerce and corporations at international level.

It is designed for students from any legal jurisdiction, who wish to specialise in international commercial law.

This programme will help validate your experience and enhance your skills and knowledge in this area, helping to boost your career prospects.

Overall, this postgraduate course is challenging yet rewarding, and it requires a great deal of independent study.

You will have full support from the Course Leader and the Team, who operates an open-door policy, but you will be expected to take primary responsibility for your studies.

If you would like to find out more about this course, come along to a postgraduate open evening.

What will this course cover?

As global markets continue to develop, lawyers with knowledge and understanding of commercial law in an international environment will increasingly be in demand, in both the public and private sectors.

Expert guidance is given in locating and using international law sources, with a particular focus on analysis of research, legal texts, reasoning skills, presenting research findings and appropriate referencing.

It will enable you to develop expertise in the legal aspects of trade, finance, commerce and corporations at an international level.

On this programme you can develop your knowledge and expertise in legal aspects of international commerce. It will also help you to develop your research skills that will equip you for future learning and employment.

Our supportive, expert course team are always focused on you and your needs. We operate an open door policy and will work with you to achieve your ambitions.

You can choose from a wide variety of modules, tailoring the programme to suit your interests. You can also choose modules from our MBA programmes and LLM Law.

We also bring in experts from many different areas of law and legal practice, providing you with access to many different networks through which you can develop your career.

You may be eligible for partial exemption from the examinations leading to membership of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Find out more about the Law department and our courses.

Year One

  • Dissertation
  • International Regulation of Companies
  • Regulation of Financial Markets
  • Comparative Takeover Regulation
  • Law of International Trade
  • International Banking Law
  • Intellectual Property Law 1: Trade Marks
  • EU Competition Law
  • Intellectual Property Law 2: Copyright, Designs & Patents
  • Advanced Legal Study
  • European Union Law
  • Dispute Resolution 1: Theory and Applications
  • Dispute Resolution 2: Commercial
  • Public International Law
  • Law, the State & Justice
  • International Human Rights
  • Transport Law and Policy

What are the entry requirements?

Due to the specialised nature of this course, you must already hold a degree in law, a graduate diploma in law, have completed the Bar Professional Training Course or Legal Practice Course, or have relevant work or similar experience.

The minimum entry requirements for this programme include:

  • a degree in law with a 2.1 classification
  • a degree with substantial law content with a 2.1 classification
  • a law degree with a 2.2 and bar professional training course/legal practice course
  • a law degree with a 2.2 and at least two years professional legal experience
  • a degree not in law with a 2.1 and a graduate diploma in law (or CPE)
  • a degree not in law with a 2.2, a graduate diploma in law (or CPE) and have passed the Bar Professional Training Course or the Legal Practice Course

If you do not meet these requirements you may still be considered, depending on your qualifications or professional experience, and will be interviewed to determine your suitability for this programme.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2016 to August 2017 entry
Home and EU students: £7,200 per year.

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

For fees for international students, visit our international section.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

This programme will help you develop your knowledge and expertise in legal aspects of international commerce.

You will gain the skills to analyse legal issues, including identifying and ordering issues by relevance and importance, and to synthesise materials derived from diverse legal sources.

A key outcome is the ability to exercise critical judgement by discriminating between the merits or otherwise of particular laws and arguments, and making reasoned choices between competing arguments and practical solutions.