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International Business Law LLM

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1 year (full-time), 2 years (part-time)

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Interrogate global systems with our hands-on International Business Law LLM

Navigate international trade, law, and globalisation with our International Business Law LLM. You will assess contemporary systems and issues while covering topics like:

  • international economic relations
  • global governance
  • international arbitration
  • global competition law
  • advanced research skills.

Our postgraduate International Business Law degree suits all law graduates, even if you have not studied English law.

Hands-on learning outside the classroom

You’ll access hands-on learning opportunities, such as:

  • a mentoring programme
  • guest lectures
  • visits to law firms
  • moot court
  • interactive workshops
  • seminar competitions.

Expert teaching and support

Our academics are experts who regularly contribute to the sector via legal practice, advisory work, and research.

They are also committed to your personal and professional growth. Our student, Marie, told us "the professors were not only qualified but also remarkably approachable and supportive".

Another student, Krystall, said that "the team encouraged [them] to strive for a better version of [themselves] and gave [them] all the skills and support [they] needed to grow as a future lawyer". 

We also spoke with Sophie, who said that she "feels as though [she] can speak to the lecturers at any time".

Explore Legal London

St Mary’s is only a 30-minute train ride to London’s legal district. Therefore, you will have numerous opportunities to visit:

  • the Supreme Court
  • Old Bailey
  • Royal Courts of Justice
  • The Law Society
  • Parliament
  • the Inns of Court.

High student satisfaction: a transformative, world-class education

Our Simmies tell us the LLM is "transformative". Tarik explains that "engaging professors, practical courses, and a diverse cohort enriched [their] understanding", allowing them to land a dream internship in Paris.

Another student, Osama, thanks our "comprehensive curriculum, dedicated faculty, [...] engaging learning environment" and "vibrant campus community" and says our LLM "is a top-notch choice for anyone seeking a world-class education".


Dr Anush Ganesh

Course Lead - International Business Law LLM

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Course content


Our programme combines core aspects of international business, a focus on ethics, including the implications of globalisation, and the opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of further specialised fields. International Business Law will not only provide you with a detailed understanding of international trade rules and the rules governing the operation of international business but will challenge you to think critically about the world in which those rules operate, their effectiveness and their outcomes.

You will take 4 core modules in semester 1 and then in semester 2 you will work on your dissertation alongside three elective modules. Your dissertation is submitted in the summer.

Through interactive workshops and classes you will engage not only with your tutor but with your student colleagues, developing further your reasoning, communication and critical thinking skills alongside your understanding of legal rules. You will develop advanced research skills which you will have the opportunity to showcase in your individual dissertation.

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Entry requirements

A 2:2 or higher (or overseas equivalent) in Law or a degree with a least 70% Law content.


Previous degree

Additional requirement information

Candidates will be considered where a comparable academic level has been achieved through other graduate level studies (such as the Graduate Diploma in Law) and where legal or other work experience has made the applicant a suitable candidate for the LLM.

International Requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section.

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Fees & funding

September 2024





Funding Information

Government-funded loans of over £11,000 are available to many Home postgraduate students.

For guidance about financing your studies, including information about the government-funded loans, please check out Fees and Funding page.

Home and International students may also be eligible for external sources of funding. Please visit our postgraduate funding webpage for more information about external scholarships and grants for postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programmes.


We are offering one fully-funded international scholarship worth £14,550 for our International Business Law LLM degree, commencing in September 2022.

International students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme. Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.


You can check on the UK government website to see if you may be eligible for a loan of up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate programme.

Home and international students may also be eligible for external sources of funding. International students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

For more information, please look at our postgraduate funding page.

How the degree is taught

Assessment methods

All assessments are designed to develop your academic and employability skills. Assessments take the form of individual and group work including reports, case studies, presentations, group projects and viva voce.

Career opportunities

An LLM degree will provide you with an excellent specialist academic qualification to start a legal or business career, or to undertake further study. Postgraduate degrees can help you stand out from the crowd showing advanced intellectual ability as well as in depth substantive knowledge and practical legal skills.

Some of our LLM graduates are now working in prestigious law firms or have gone on to further study.

The Careers Service has more information on careers, part-time work and internships available during your course.

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September 2024

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