Typical Course Length
The LLM International Commercial Law at Aberystwyth University offers you a professional and firm academic programme 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.
Typical Entry Requirements
Entry Requirements 2:2 Bachelors (Honours) or equivalent in a law or related social science degree
English Language Requirements IELTS 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent
Other Requirements Applicants are encouraged to submit an up-to-date CV as part of their application.Back to the top
Why study LLM International Commercial Law at Aberystwyth University?
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.
Assessment in the first two semesters is via written assignments and oral presentations. Each student will complete a Master’s dissertation of 13,000 to 15,000 words which deals with an area of chosen study in the third semester.
Please see the tuition fee pages for current tuition fees. Please note that all fees are subject to an annual increase.
Possible funding opportunites can be found in our funding calculator.
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.
|Module Name||Module Code||Credit Value|
|Module Name||Module Code||Credit Value|
|Aspects of Commercial Contracting||LAM0420||20|
|International Commercial Law||LAM0720||20|
|International Trade Law||LAM1220||20|
|International Criminal Law||LAM0620||20|
|International Environmental Law||LAM0820||20|
|International Human Rights Law||LAM1620||20|
|International Humanitarian Law||LAM4220||20|
|Law and Gender||LAM2420||20|
|Migration and Asylum Law||LAM4420||20|
|Negotiated Study Module||LAM2220||20|
|Philosophy and Sociology of Human Rights Protection||LAM4520||20|
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
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.
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 organising 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.
The course involves two parts:
- study of six taught modules totalling 120 credits.
- an extended dissertation 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 are required to write an extended dissertation 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, but the course can also be taken part-time over two years. The taught element is completed between September and May, and the dissertation between June and September. 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 Commercial Law
- International Copyright Law
- Aspects of Commercial Contracting
- International Trade Law
- The Law Relating to E-Commerce
- Regulation of Business Cartels
- Human Rights, Business and the Internet
- Food Policy and the Law.