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International Business Law provides a cutting-edge curriculum combining core aspects of international business law with contemporary global issues. 

  • Key coverage of cutting-edge international business law issues
  • Understanding of cross-cutting issues in the globalised legal and policy environment
  • A solid foundation in areas of law practiced in international and City law firms
  • A rich and engaging programme complemented by extra-curricular activities

Why study International Business Law?

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

Our degree incorporates a strong ethical dimension, interrogating wider questions about the organisation and outcomes of the globalised world in which international law and business operates. Follow with “Have a look at our course content to find out more.

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.

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 practising lawyers linked with the programme, a field trip to the WTO public forum in Geneva and opportunities to participate in mooting and seminar competitions.

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 and extra-curricular events and will welcomed into our wider Law School community.

If you are interested in studying in Paris or if you would like to incorporate an interest in Business Law with expertise in European Law, we also offer an LLM in International and European Business Law, for which you 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.

Course lead

Bahar Hatami Alamdari
Senior Lecturer

Entry requirements

2:2 Previous degree

A 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.

Further information

For more information about entry requirements please email

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.


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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 visits may include attendance at the World Trade Organization (WTO) public forum in Geneva. In-person teaching 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.

You will be allocated a personal tutor to support you throughout your time with us.

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.


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

September 2023

  • Home: £10,500
  • International: £16,800

The tuition fees listed are for the duration of the course. 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. Please see clause 5.15.2 of the Tuition Fee Regulations for further information.

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.

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.


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.


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

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