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Spend a semester in London and another in Paris as you study this vocationally and ethically focused master’s degree. You will gain a solid foundation in areas of law practiced in international and City law firms. 

  • One semester in London (Twickenham) and one semester in Paris, leading to a double award
  • Comprehensive analysis of post-Brexit trade issues
  • Key coverage of cutting-edge international business law issues
  • Immersion in common law and civil law approaches

Why study International and European Business Law?

This innovative Master’s degree in International and European Business Law covers EU and International Business Law incorporating contemporary legal issues in the globalised and post-Brexit world. It will provide you with a detailed understanding of the complexities of international trade and business law.

The academic team incorporates experts who are practitioners in their fields and who regularly contribute to the development of their subjects through legal practice, advisory work and publications.

Why St Mary's?

We take pride in our reputation as a friendly university with a community-feel. The University is ideally located close to central London - the world’s leading legal and financial centre - giving you the opportunity to visit key legal and City institutions.

Our partnership with ICP, Paris provides you with a fantastic opportunity to study in Paris for one semester. Teaching is in English, but if you would like to develop or brush up your French language skills, St Mary's also offers French language short courses that can help prepare you for your semester in Paris.

The collaboration between ICP and St Mary’s offers you a wonderful opportunity for cross-cultural learning, increasing your understanding of the English, French and EU legal systems.

If you have not studied either English or French law before, don’t worry, the course has been designed to ensure you will receive the support and guidance to study these successfully.

The degree is part of a successful suite of law programmes at St Mary's. You will be invited to participate in a range of employability and extra-curricular events and will welcomed into our wider Law School community.

We aim to provide you with opportunities to develop your skills and interests and to enhance your employment opportunities, beyond the classroom. Some of the extra-curricular activities we have previously organised for the LLM include a mentoring programme, visits to City law firms, guest lectures from practicing lawyers linked with the programme, a field trip to the WTO public forum in Geneva and opportunities to participate in mooting and seminar competitions.

If you would prefer to study in London for the duration of your programme, we also offer an LLM in International Business Law.


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Course lead

Dr Opi Outhwaite headshotDr Opi Outhwaite
Associate Professor in Law

Entry requirements

2:2 Previous degree

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

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 (or equivalent).

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

International students can apply for the LLM International and European Business with a semester at ICP in Paris, but you will need to arrange your own visa in order to study in France.

If successful with your application, St Mary’s will issue you with a CAS in order to apply for a one year UK visa so that you can return to London after the second semester in Paris in order to use St Mary’s libraries or to meet with your supervisor.

If you are unsuccessful in obtaining a French visa, you will be able to switch to the International Business Law LLM which is based at St Mary’s for the whole year.

Further information

For more information about entry requirements please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

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 and European Business Law will not only provide you with a detailed understanding of international trade rules, EU law, 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. While studying in Paris you will develop a comprehensive understanding of EU law, have the opportunity to study advanced modules such as the Law of Artificial Intelligence and will visit key institutions of the European Union.

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: the number  of modules in the French system differs from the UK and you consequently take more modules in semester 2, at ICP, than in semester 1.

Modules

  •  Core (St Mary’s, Twickenham)
  •  Core (St Mary’s, Twickenham)
  •  Core (St Mary’s, Twickenham)
  •  Core (St Mary’s, Twickenham)
  •  Core (ICP, Paris)
  •  Core (ICP, Paris)
  •  Core (ICP, Paris)
  •  Core (ICP, Paris)
  •  Optional (ICP, Paris)
  •  Optional (ICP, Paris)
  •  Optional (ICP, Paris)
  •  Core (Supervision from St Mary's)

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.

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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How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

The degree is taught through a mix of interactive workshops and seminars encouraging discussion within the learning environment. Fieldwork opportunities may include visits to EU institutions.

In-person teaching at St Mary’s is supported with access to our Virtual Learning Environment where you will access course materials and supplementary resources. As a postgraduate student, you will also conduct independent work and research that is supported by our experienced academic team.

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.

Assessments take the form of individual and group work including reports, case studies, presentations, group projects and viva voce.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The tuition fees listed are for the duration of the course. Part-time applicants should check our part-time fee information.

September 2022

  • Home: £9,750
  • International: £14,550

Part‐time fees

Part‐time students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree.

Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.

Funding

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 section.

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

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

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.

Additional costs

In addition to the course fees, a field trip to the WTO Public Forum in Geneva may run and is anticipated to cost £300.

Please contact apply@stmarys.ac.uk for further information.

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