LLM International Business and Commercial Law

Course summary

Overview

This course is designed to introduce International Business and Commercial law - Flags to you the theory and practice of international business regulation in the context of globalisation. 

Why choose this course?

London is the centre for global banking, finance and trade, so you will be well placed to take advantage of your proximity to the major corporations when you study at UWL. 

The LLM International Business and Commercial Law course is aimed at students seeking to work as legal experts in the area of multinational corporations. 

The course covers laws on business structure, corporate process, taxation, intellectual property, dispute resolution and legal aspects of international finance, so you’ll be equipped with the skills and knowledge that are sought after in the banking and finance sector.

Law students at UWL have access to an on-site courtroom that features state of the art technology including laptops and video equipment for judges/advocates and is ideal for student mooting competitions.

International Business and Commercial law - law firmUWL has excellent links with major corporations to help you undertake your dissertation and develop your career prospects.

The Guardian University Guide 2012 ranked us as the top modern London-based law school.

Tutor Information

This course is run by the School of Law and Criminology to provide you with both the high-quality teaching and the personal attention you need to make the most of your University education.

The School of Law and Criminology teaching staff includes:

Professor of Law Professor Yarik Kryvoi who has practised international commercial law and dispute resolution with Freshfields Bruckhaus & Deringer in London and Morgan Lewis & Bockius in Washington D.C. His areas of expertise include international dispute resolution, international economic law and employment law.  

Senior Lecturer in Law Mike Ottley and Lecturer in Law Michael Derks.

Career and study progression

Our aim is to produce graduates who have employment prospects with international trade agencies and multinational corporations.

Graduates can seek employment with investment, law, consultancy and accounting firms – especially those that focus on international practice. 

On completing this course successfully, you can choose to continue your studies and progress on to a PhD.

Course detail

Course overview
This course focuses on international business law from a global perspective, identifying key characteristics of doing business in an international environment, main sources of regulation, key concepts of contract and corporate law.

You will also be introduced to business dispute resolution and explore the concepts of corporate social responsibility and, in particular, doing business in developing countries. The course also touches on other common law and civil law jurisdictions, and gives students a critical comparative law approach to international commercial law.

Modules

  • International Commercial Law
  • Legal Aspects of International Finance
  • Laws on International Business?Structures
  • International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation
  • Research Methodology
  • Dissertation.

Legal Aspects of International Finance
The module studies international finance from an English law perspective and within the context of the practical and theoretical issues that arise. Covering key methods of international finance, such as syndicate loans, debenture, financial derivatives, and also touching other jurisdictions such as the US, the Middle East, Asia and Africa, this module provides you with a comparative approach to the law of international finance.

International Commercial Law
This module examines the practical and theoretical issues in international private transactions. The module focuses heavily on the traditional commercial sale and finance of such transactions, but it also incorporates principles of Intellectual Property Law, the knowledge of which is essential in the context of modern international business.

Laws on International Business Structures
This module examines the practical and theoretical issues involved in business organisations trading across jurisdictions.

International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation
This module provides you with a detailed introduction to both the theory and practice of international commercial arbitration and mediation, as well as other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Research Methodology
This module provides a thorough basis for Masters level research methods. It addresses core content areas appropriate to research in a legal context, and supports you to achieve appropriate levels of competence in these areas, as well as broadening your knowledge of research tools.

Dissertation
Your dissertation gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the mastery of a particular subject area, by completing an extended piece of self-managed research. Your dissertation will develop and test your ability to conceptualise, appraise and critically evaluate a significant topic relating to the legal issues surrounding international banking and finance.

Entry requirements

A good undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification with appropriate law content.

Students with three years' legal or relevant commercial work experience will also be considered subject to interviews.

Applicants with extensive work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit http://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses

Fees

Fees for home and EU students

Main fee
Fees for our 2017 courses have not yet been released.

Funding

A range of loans, bursaries and scholarships are available to help you fund your studies.

Students on some Masters courses may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards their course and living costs. Find out how to apply for a Postgraduate Loan on GOV.UK

Other loans available to postgraduate students include Professional and Career Development Loans, which also allow you to borrow up to £10,000.  Find out more about Loans on GOV.UK

Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as disabled students. Find out more about funding opportunities

Within the university, we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries including:

  • The William Brake Bursary: a £1,000 award for candidates on undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses
  • The Mollie Clay Scholarship: a £2,500 scholarship awarded to an outstanding student
  • Exclusive alumni discounts: a £2,000 discount on taught postgraduate courses or a 10% discount on research courses, exclusive to students who graduated from the University of West London.

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility for the scholarships and bursaries listed above.


Please note that fees given are per academic year unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to change. Costs can increase each year.

How to apply

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

You can apply for most of our Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters’ Degree courses using our online application system.  Simply click the red ‘apply now’ button above.

Your application will be dealt with by our Admissions team who will be in touch with you.

If you are applying for a research degree (MPhil or PhD), you will need to submit: a CV, research proposal, transcript of academic qualifications and online application form.  Full details of how to apply for research degrees

International students

To apply for a Masters’ Degree course, please complete our online application form for international students or you can download the print version (Word, 186kb).

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

If you are applying for a research degree (MPhil or PhD), you will need to submit: a CV, research proposal, transcript of academic qualifications and online application form.  Full details of how to apply for research degrees

More about the application process for international students.

More about how to apply for postgraduate courses.

 

During the course

Teaching methods

The course is taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, small group sessions, practical experience and workshops. We teach two modules each week, over four hours of teaching time. In addition, students will complete a 15,000 word dissertation, which will be supported by a Research Methodology module.

Assessment

Coursework

The taught modules adopt a standardised and consistent approach. In each of these modules, there will be a formative assessment, which will not count towards your final module mark. Following this, there will be two assessments – a piece of coursework of 3,000 words and an end of semester (pre-release) exam. Both will count towards your final mark. Normally, you will receive feedback within two weeks of submitting coursework and within three weeks of sitting exams.

Teaching staff

Please note that the staff listed below teach on courses taking place in the UK. For further information about staff for courses at our Hong Kong Centre, please contact uwl@ny.edu.hk.

What our students say

Emmanuel Adomako Nuakoh

'I knew very little about the University of West London till my search to pursue an LLM in Banking and Finance led me to Ealing Law School at UWL. However, that year not many students had applied for that particular course. I therefore sought advice from the then Head of the Law School (Kwame Akuffo) who talked me through the differences between Banking and Finance and the other option which was International Business and Commercial Law. He explained that I could get the most from my course by doing my dissertation in banking which was the only subject not part of International Business and Commercial Law course.

I completed in 2012 with an LLM in International Business and Commercial Law. Today I find myself working in the legal department of a Chinese construction firm whose dealings are mostly in line with International business and commerce. I do not know whether it was divine intervention or coincidence but all I know is that I was pointed in the right direction and today I can proudly say I am an alumnus of the University of West London.'

Melanie Berry, LLM International Business and Commercial Law student

'Arriving in London as an Australian qualified Lawyer I would definitely recommend the LLM course at the University of West London as a step toward a further fulfilling and rewarding legal career. During my studies I  also gained a work placement in a prestigious international law firm, working in the commercial litigation department. My LLM studies have had a direct impact and my ability to provide a specialised skill has been invaluable.'
 

Jobs and placements

Career and study progression

Our aim is to produce graduates who have employment prospects with multinational corporations, because they understand the legal regulations and constraints of international business, as well as the financial world of international trade agencies and multinational corporations.

You can seek employment opportunities in careers with investment, law, consultancy and accounting firms, especially those focusing on international practice. Practising legal professionals and human resource professionals can use their qualification and the skills and knowledge they have gained on the course to progress in their chosen field.

Study progression

On completing this course successfully, you can choose to continue your studies with Ealing Law School and progress on to a PhD.