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International Business Law is vocationally and ethically focussed, giving you a solid foundation in areas of law practiced in international and City law firms.

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Why study International Business Law?

This innovative master’s degree covers cutting-edge contemporary legal trade issues in the post-Brexit world. It will provide you with a detailed understanding of the complexities of international trade and business law.

Why St Mary's?

St Mary’s offers you a very supportive teaching team with additional input from expert practitioners. 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 financial centre - allowing you access to public events and seminars in the City of London. As part of your course, you will have the opportunity to visit key legal and City institutions.

We also offer an LLM in International and European Business Law, which offers you the opportunity to spend your second semester in France, studying at ICP, Paris.

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

The programme is part of a successful suite of law programmes at St Mary's. You will be invited to participate in a range of employability events including a mock trial, mooting and commercial awareness seminars. The programme also has strong links with the MSc International Business Management and there will be opportunities for business and law students to engage in a diverse programme of extra-curricular events.

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Key facts

  • Comprehensive analysis of post-Brexit trade issues
  • Key coverage of cutting-edge international business law issues
  • International fieldwork
  • Taught on our Twickenham campus with direct public transport to central London

Course content

Ethics will form a key part of the programme’s content. In particular, jurisprudential questions about how legal systems should co-operate in the regulation of international business, trade and finance will be included. You will also be challenged to think about how globalisation effects the practice of law and the provision of legal services across borders and in multiple jurisdictions. 

The impact of Brexit on trade, finance and international business will be woven through every aspect of the degree. The complex issues identified should generate questions for analysis in your independent research project.


  • Approaches to Legal Research Core
  • Dissertation (or equivalent project) Core
  • International Economic and Business Law  Core
  • International Trade Law Core
  • Law and Justice in a Globalised World Core
  • Finance Law and Ethical Challenges Optional
  • Global Competition Law Optional
  • International and Comparative Intellectual Property Law  Optional
  • International and European Labour Law Optional
  • International Arbitration  Optional
  • Law and Economics Optional
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

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.

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

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

The degree is taught through a mix of interactive workshops and seminars encouraging discussion within the learning environment. Fieldwork visits may include attendance at the World Trade Organization (WTO) public forum in Geneva.

As a postgraduate student, you will also conduct independent work and research that is supported by our experienced academic team.

The programme is jointly led by Dr Opi Outhwaite and Dr Aurelien Portuese.

Assessment methods

All assessments are designed to develop your employability skills. The programme will develop your in-depth legal knowledge and key skills of emotional intelligence, teamwork, inter-cultural practice and leadership. These will be evaluated through carefully crafted authentic assessments with significant opportunity for self-reflection.

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


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £8,660
  • International: £13,650

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £7,750
  • International: £13,650

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

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.


For guidance about financing your studies, including information about government-funded loans, please check out Fees & Funding section.

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, fieldwork on the International Trade module is anticipated to cost £300.

Please contact for further information.

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