International Commercial Law

Key Facts

Course Code M190
  • Qualification


  • Typical Course Length

    1 Year

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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.

Key Facts


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 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. 

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. 

Entry Requirements:

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.

Course Fees:

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.


The course involves two parts:

  • study of six taught modules totaling 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

The Aberystwyth Law School 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.


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
Dissertation LAM6260 60
Legal Studies LAM0120 20


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.

Study Skills

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.

Transferable Skills

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.