International Banking and Finance LLM
The Specialist LLM in International Banking and Finance Law offers you the opportunity to study an important area of practice in the global financial centre, the City of London. You will be a student with lofty ambitions and determination to build a career in international banking and finance.
The programme provides you with the knowledge, skills and insight into a highly complex and large area of law. The programme seeks to equip you to move seamlessly between the many different areas of banking and financial law and practice. The breadth and depth of the curriculum in this specialist degree are regarded highly by banking and finance professionals.
This Specialist LLM will equip you with the fundamentals of international banking and financial law for which the City of London is so famous. You will be given the support to explore and study banking law, taxation, investments, money markets, and many more. You will have the opportunity to research novel and developing areas of international banking and financial law under the guidance of your expert tutors.
Why the City LLM in International Banking and Financial Law?
- Get taught by established scholars and highly regarded practitioners with direct experience of banking and financial law
- Learn in small classes of between 6 and 30 students
- Benefit from the School's internship, placement, job experience and international summer school opportunities
- Benefit from lecturers that have written respected texts and research papers in the areas you are studying
- Be at the heart of the global financial centre
- Study in London at a School with an international reputation
Applicants should normally hold a good first degree in law, or an equivalent qualification in a related discipline, and must be fluent in written and spoken English. We expect applicants who are not nationals of a majority English-speaking country OR have not successfully completed an academic qualification, at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree, which was taught in a majority English-speaking country as defined by the UK Visas and Immigration, to have an overall IELTS score of at least 7.0.
Applicants with a first degree in a subject other than law will be considered, but it should be noted that this may restrict the choice of modules where content is dependent on a prior knowledge of law.
How do we make our decision?
In reaching our selection decisions we will take account of:
- Academic performance
- Reasons for choice of courses / career
- Evidence of intellectual ability
- Relevant work experience / activity
Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International StudentsIf you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma. The course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.
Applicants whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:
- IELTS: 7 with a minimum of 6 in each area.
Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.
English for Postgraduate Study
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:
- Students on courses of more than 6 months
- Students on courses of less than 6 months
- Students on a pre-sessional English Language course
Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake this course part-time.
For more information see our main Visa page.
- Start Date:
- September 2015
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years (minimum)
To qualify for this specialist Master in International Banking and Finance, you must complete a total of 180 credits.
You must complete at least 90 credits of taught modules in the specialist pathway as well as a dissertation (of either 30 or 60 credits) in the same area of specialisation. Below are the specific modules for International Banking and Finance:
- EU Banking Law (30 credits)
- EU Tax Law (30 credits)
- International Banking Law (30 credits)
- International Corporate Finance Law (30 credits)
- International Investment Law (30 credits)
- International Tax (30 credits)
- Money Laundering (30 credits)
- Project Finance (30 credits)
Dissertation (incorporating research methods training)
12,000 word Supervised Dissertation (30 credits) OR
24,000 word Supervised Dissertation (60 credits)
The remainder of the credits may be completed by offering any other LLM modules. See our full range of modules.
Please note: Modules are offered subject to minimum numbers; where it is not possible to offer a module because of low student demand, you will be given the opportunity to write a dissertation around that subject area.
Teaching and AssessmentYou will have an allocated personal tutor who will support you throughout your time at City. In addition to your allocated personal tutor, we have tutors who can offer you individual careers support reviewing CVs, including providing advice on gaining a training contract, assessment of law firm placement or considering internship opportunities.
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Assessment will draw on a range of approaches which include written coursework, presentations, skills work, in-class tests, projects and a dissertation. The purpose of this is to assess a range of different skills and knowledge, as well as exposing you to different approaches.
The majority of modules will be assessed on the basis of written coursework of 5,000-5,500 words.
The 30 credit dissertation module will involve the submission of a dissertation of 12,000 words on a subject agreed with your supervisor/Programme Director. If you decide to offer the 60 credit dissertation instead, you are required to submit a dissertation of 24,000 words on a subject agreed with your supervisor/Programme Director.
Most modules have a single summative assessment with 100% weighting but there are some where there is more than one assessment and the weighting for each will be 50%.
You have the option of completing formative coursework in each module. The formative assessment will give you an opportunity to understand and appreciate the academic attainment levels expected. At different stages of the programme, it provides you with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate legal research, quantitative, cognitive and other skills in addition to your knowledge and understanding of the subjects.
The dissertation provides you with an opportunity to display competence in legal research. It allows some autonomy and enables you to show that you can manage information as well as developing complex arguments and innovative ways to solve problems.
Each assessment tests whether you:
- have grasped the relevant principles;
- are able to analyse and interpret those principles critically;
- are able to apply them to complex factual problems; and
- can present the relevant points in concise, clear and grammatical terms.
- Full-time EU: £10,000
- Full-time Non EU: £15,000
For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.For further information and ideas about funding your course, visit Financing your study.
Graduates from this specialist LLM are well placed to pursue careers in professional legal/corporate practice, business, management, banking and finance, government, international or EU organisations, academia and research.
The City Law School has a vibrant Pro Bono programme and all students are able to take up opportunities within this.
Students who complete the LLM may wish to continue their academic studies by enrolling in a PhD or MPhil offered by The City Law School.
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Apply for the Specialist LLM in International Banking and Finance
Applications are now open for 2015 entry and can be made through the links below. Late applicants run the risk that the course may be full after the initial round of offers has been made.
We encourage online applications, however you are also able to apply by completing the below application and reference forms and sending them to the following address:
The City Law School Admissions
City University London
4 Gray's Inn Place