Postgraduate Courses - International Commercial Law
LLM International Commercial Law
Having a solid understanding of today’s global business environment is imperative. Successful leadership skills and an in depth knowledge of the fundamentals of the business world are crucial in any successful career within this field. The International Commercial Law LLM offers a professional and firm academic degree that will provide a solid foundation in the current global market.
On completion of this course you will have a professional knowledge of international business law that will reflect the changing environment and realities of the current global economy. Through this course we deliver the skills and knowledge required for any high level career in a legal environment whether it be an international law firm, government organisation or a private company.
This course is also available as Distance Learning.
One year full-time. The academic year (September to September) is
divided into three semesters: September to January; January to June;
June to September.
Assessment takes the form of; research proposals including a related
bibliographic element, case studies, oral assessments and essays. Each
student will complete a Master’s dissertation of 15,000 to 20,000 words
which deals with an area of chosen study in the third semester.
English Language Requirements:
If you have a Bachelors degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test.
Non-native English speakers are required to take a University
recognised test of academic English language proficiency. Further
information can be found on the English Language Requirements page.
An Honours Degree 2:2 (minimum). Degrees in law, the social
sciences, or other similar subjects are preferred. Those from other
disciplines or with suitable professional experience will be considered
on an individual basis.
Equivalent international qualifications are acceptable especially if
ECTS evidence is available. Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and/or
Accreditation of Experiential Prior Learning (APEL) are considered on
an individual basis according to current University Regulations.
Please see the tuition fee pages for current tuition fees. Please note that all fees are subject to an annual increase.
study of six taught modules totalling 120 credits.
a dissertation (max 20 000 words) on a topic relating to the specialist area (60 credits)
All modules are taught through weekly small group seminars. Each module is assessed by a combination of coursework and an oral presentation. Students must pass the assessment to proceed to the dissertation.
Students are required to write a dissertation of approximately 20,000 words on a topic of their choice, which relates to the specialist area. The dissertation is completed under the supervision of a member of staff. Students may choose to stay in Aberystwyth to do this, or may return home and research their dissertation there.
The normal period of full-time study is twelve months. The taught element, including written examinations, is completed between September and May, and the dissertation between June and September. It is also possible to complete the LLM on a part-time basis over two years. Students who require even greater flexibility or who cannot attend regularly at Aberystwyth might be interested in our LLM scheme by distance learning.
Subjects normally offered include those listed below.
International Corporate Rescue
International Copyright Law
Aspects of Commercial Contracting
The Law Relating to E-Commerce
Regulation of Business Cartels
The Department of Law and Criminology recently participated in the Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment. It found that 96.5% of publications submitted were of of an internationally recognised standard and that 98% of research activity in the department was rated as internationally recognised.
Department of Law and Criminology lecturers are mostly either qualified to PHD level or have professional experience and qualifications as practicing lawyers. Many staff also have a PGCE (Higher Education).
Welsh medium modules available
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
Year 1 Core (80 Credits) Students must take the following modules:
Qualification: LLM in International Commercial Law
This degree will suit you:
If you want to study an area of law with urgent contemporary significance and practical relevance
If you wish to develop a critical appreciation of legal responses to business commercial uses.
If you wish to nurture a legal career within government, non-governmental or corporate structures
If you desire skills highly sought-after in any postgraduate workplace
Combining both theoretical and practical perspectives, the subject matter covers the growth areas of the future as well as subjects and skills of traditional importance. The course also aims to impart knowledge of legal rules relevant to the business field and emphasis is placed on the practical implications of the rules and the economic and political context in which they have evolved. In addition, throughout the duration of the course you will develop your broader skills of legal analysis and research. You will be pushed to improve your approaches to planning, analysis and presentation so that you can tackle complex projects thoroughly and with professional independence, making you a highly-desirable candidate for a career in government, non-governmental and corporate contexts alike.
Key Skills and Competencies
You will learn to quickly assemble, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal data and you will refine your professional practices by engagement with multiple case studies. You will learn how to deploy your knowledge to assert your expertise and build your legal case. These skills in analysis and discourse, supported by your mastery of rigorous methodologies, will stand you in good stead for any professional workplace.
Self-Motivation and discipline
Studying at LLM level requires discipline and self-motivation from every candidate. Though you will have access to the expertise and helpful guidance of departmental staff, you are ultimately responsible for devising and completing a sustained programme of scholarly research in pursuit of your Master’s degree. This process will strengthen your skills as an independent and self-sufficient worker, a trait prized by most employers.
The LLM programme is designed to give you a range of transferable skills that you can apply in a variety of employment contexts. Upon graduation, you will have proven your abilities in structuring and communicating ideas efficiently, writing for and speaking to a range of audiences, evaluating and organizing information, working effectively with others and working within timeframes and to specific deadlines. Whether you pursue a legal career, further research or unrelated employment, these skills will enable you to progress to a significantly higher level.
How to Apply
Postgraduate applicants can submit their application either on-line or off-line. Please see our How to Apply page for further information.