International Business Law LLM

Postgraduate ( full-time)


January, September

Course duration: 12 months full-time (September starts); 15 months full-time (January starts).


Prepare for an international legal career with this LLM from Anglia Law School. Further your knowledge of the latest issues and case studies in international business law, supported by staff who are active researchers and qualified practitioners, alongside students from around the world.

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The course will no doubt enhance my employment opportunities. Eversheds, the third largest law firm in the world, is acting as my mentor


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This course will give you the legal skills and knowledge you’ll need to work in international law firms, legal departments of international corporations, government departments and international agencies.

Or you might decide to carry on in academia and take a research degree like our PhD Law.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Business Law in the Global Context
    This module will help your transition from undergraduate to Masters level study by introducing you to a number of themes which underpin the higher level study of the relationship between law and business in the international context, as well as the advanced research skills needed for success at this level. You will be expected to demonstrate a systematic and critical awareness of the interrelation of law and business in a global context, and will also be expected to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding and advanced scholarship in the context of international trade and business. The module has several main themes. Firstly, it provides an analytical framework for international trade law that transcends particular jurisdictions and focuses on the context in which international business takes place. Within this framework, you will examine the need for the regulation of international trade and the development of legal frameworks, including an understanding of the WTO and regional trade organisations, such as the EU. This module will also help you brush up on the skills needed for this course: how to use the Library and electronic databases effectively in order to make the transition to the level of self-directed research appropriate at postgraduate level, as well as the more technical aspects of academic writing, such as referencing using the required conventions. In this context you should be able to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems and the ability to develop your research skills to a high level. You will be assessed via a group presentation during which you will be required to present findings of your own research. Individual presentations will be of five minutes in duration for which you will receive an individual mark reflective of your effort. The presentation must be accompanied by a written assignment which will include referencing correctly presented using OSCOLA.
  • International Trade Law
    This module will provide you with an analytical framework within which international trade transactions take place across differing jurisdictions. You will consider international sales contracts, carriage of goods by sea and financing of international trade. You will examine the legal and commercial rules governing specific trade contracts and accompanying documentation in the context of English common law, as well as in the context of international rules and conventions concerning international trade. The different methods of financing international trade will also be considered. Further, you will analyse the rights and duties of carriers of goods. You will have the opportunity to develop the application of these rules through practical problem solving, demonstrating your ability to apply your knowledge and understanding of your discipline in an original and creative way. You will also be expected to evaluate and critically analyse current legal doctrine, and demonstrate advanced legal scholarship. Assessment will be by means of coursework which comprises two elements: 1. a realistic commercial case study which requires students to provide legal analysis and advice; and 2. an essay critically evaluating an aspect of the law.
  • International Law Research
    This module will provide you with a critical understanding of research skills, methods and methodology, including surveys, questionnaires, statistical analysis, and interviews, in addition to bibliographical research methods in law. This module will also provide you with an understanding of web learning and an ability to access materials both through the University library and from other sources. Most importantly, however, the module will help you to critically examine alternative research methods and to evaluate their effectiveness in the study of International Business Law. Further still, this module will give you scope to discuss learning and teaching styles, academic expectations and learning strategies. Teaching will be via seminars, library sessions and E-learning, providing grounding in the various possible research methods. The workshops and seminars will focus upon developing your critical understanding of international business law research methodology and will focus on selected topics, which you will be required to analyse and to which you will be required to apply appropriate methodological skills. Assessment for the module will comprise a presentation and coursework that, combined, form the final mark.
  • Dispute Resolution
    This module will enable you to engage in an examination and critical reflection of the choices businesses need to make about the available methods of resolving commercial disputes in a globalised world. On it, you will examine methods of alternative dispute resolution together with substantive and procedural aspects of business litigation in the worldwide context. The availability and desirability of forum selection will be examined as well as the practical and procedural differences between litigation processes within a range of selected litigation forums, enabling critical analysis of different approaches to funding commercial litigation, practical considerations relating to choice of forum, the availability and effectiveness of selected interim remedies, such as worldwide freezing injunctions, and the practical difficulties of reciprocal enforcement of judgements throughout the world. This module will combine theory and practical application relevant to international legal practice and business. Together with other students, you will engage in role play within alternative dispute resolution scenarios, thereby developing and enhancing your teamwork, negotiation and strategic thinking employability skills. Assessment will be by means of a piece of individual written work (3,000 words) on a dispute resolution topic.
  • Major Research Project in International and European Business Law
    This module will support you in the preparation and submission of the Master's stage project for the LLM Legal Practice. You will be assessed through a maximum 15,000-word final thesis.

Optional modules

  • Competition Law in the International Context
    Knowledge of the legal regulation of competition is a key tool for anyone involved in businesses operating in a global context, therefore the aim of this module will be to help you examine the purposes and theory of competition law and its relationship to economics, including comparison between EU and US anti-trust law. A substantial component of the module will consider the extent to which the law operates to regulate the market behaviour of businesses. This will be put in the context of the growing internationalisation of competition law. Assessment will be by written assessment (80%) and a group presentation (20%).
  • International Governance
    This module will introduce you to the political, economic, cultural, social and legal mechanisms which govern the activities of corporations. You will consider issues relating to the management of companies and how to control the activities of management to ensure that the company is run for the benefit of stakeholders and not only for the benefit of the management. This module will enable you to engage in an examination and critical evaluation of corporate governance in a global context. You will trace the development of international governance and consider the theories underpinning corporate governance. In particular, you will critique the theoretical bases of ethical behaviour and critically evaluate modern theories of regulation. You will contrast these with recent business scandals and the different inter-cultural responses to them. The module will enable you to resolve ethical problems in the context of governance theory and apply theory to problem-based scenarios and develop considered and reasoned responses in the context of such theory. By the end of the module, you will be able to demonstrate a capacity for systematic, conceptual and critical thinking and be able to demonstrate an awareness of political, social and cultural issues, which transcend particular jurisdictions. This will be facilitated by undertaking a comparative analysis between a number of jurisdictions and the approaches being adopted in these jurisdictions reflecting the main schools of thought. Further, the nature, scope and effect of corporate social responsibility will be examined including environmental responsibilities. The module will adopt a theoretical and problem-based approach so that you will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate mastery, but are also able to consider the application and appropriateness of these theories in a business context. Assessment will take the form of a group presentation of 1 hour’s duration for which you will receive an individual mark reflective of your effort. The presentation element will account for 20% of the overall mark for the module plus written coursework (4,800 words) which will account for 80% of the overall mark for the module. Distance learning students will be required to submit slides and handouts to support their presentation.
  • Comparative Company Law
    This module will provide you with an analytical framework for corporate law that transcends particular jurisdictions, emphasising the underlying purpose of the rules and how they fit with theories underpinning corporate law. The module will aim to give you an integrated view of the role and structure of corporate law, which provides a clear framework within which to organise an understanding of individual systems, both alone and in comparison with each other. Broadly, the module will introduce you to the theory of corporate law, introducing concepts and ideas which form the basis of the theoretical foundations of the subject. The focus will be on the main 'players' in the corporate arena, such as the directors, shareholders, creditors and employees and how company law can best accommodate their sometimes conflicting interests. The module will also introduce you to the main arguments in favour of and against state intervention in what are primarily private transactions. The module will focus on the theoretical aspects of corporate law, and address the problems and legal strategies common to each of the identified jurisdictions. In particular, five basic characteristics of business corporations will be considered: 1. legal personality 2. limited liability 3. corporate governance/shareholder protection 4. management of companies 5. investor ownership Assessment will take the form of a group presentation (20%) plus coursework (4,800 words, 80%) for face-to-face delivery, and an individual presentation (20%) plus coursework (4,800 words, 80%) for distance learning. Distance learning students will be required to submit slides and handouts to support their presentation.
  • Current Legal Issues in the International Business Arena
    This module will allow you to critically evaluate topical legal and business issues in a global context. You will need to demonstrate a critical awareness of current legal and business problems which have been identified as being presently at the forefront of the international business arena. The precise focus of the module will vary from year to year depending on the topics selected but may include an evaluation of the international and European legal framework within which corporate and financial crime operates; a critical analysis of the insider dealing/market abuse regimes, cybercrime, money laundering, fighting corruption in international business, corporate manslaughter, corporate restructuring and insolvency. Taking this module will require you to deal with complex issues systematically and creatively, and to be able to demonstrate originality in your research and problem solving at a high level. Your assessment will take the form of a 1-hour group presentation, for which you will receive an individual mark reflective of their efforts. The presentation element will account for 20% of the overall mark for the module plus written coursework (4,800 words) which will account for 80% of the overall mark for the module.


You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

Where you'll study

Your department and faculty

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Whether you aim to work in the creative industries or the social sciences, the legal profession or public service, the Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for professional life.

Our lively, diverse community and ambitious academic environment will broaden your horizons and help you develop your full potential - many of our courses give you the chance to learn another language, study abroad or undertake work placements as you study.

If you’re interested in art, music, drama or film, check out our packed programme of events. Together with our partners in the creative and cultural industries, we’re always working to enrich the cultural life of the university and the wider community.

Our research is groundbreaking and internationally recognised, with real social impact. We support the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE), whose projects include interactive music apps and documenting lifesaving childbirth procedures, as well as nine international research clusters, such as the Centre for Children's Book Studies and the Labour History Research Unit.

In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, six of our subject areas were awarded world-leading status: Law; Art and Design; English Language and Literature, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies; History; Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2015/16 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2015/16 (per year part-time)


International students, 2015/16 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)


International students, 2016/17 (per year)


Important fee notes

The part-time course fee assumes that you're studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

There's no statutory funding for postgraduate study. However, we offer a number of scholarships and we've put together guidance on where to start researching funding options.

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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements


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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

Entry requirements are for January 2016 and September 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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International applicants

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