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International Business Law (distance learning)  LLM


The distance learning LLM in International Business Law is designed to provide you with specialist knowledge of key areas of law relevant to international business. The course aims to enhance your professional skills and ability to locate, interpret, analyse and criticise the laws and rules, policies and practices that are essential to the functioning of international business.

The programme is designed with one aim in mind: flexibility. As the programme is delivered online, students have the freedom to study in their own working environment and at their individual pace. Technology-enhanced learning environments support the student experience and students also have access to the University's extensive range of legal databases, including e-journals and e-books.

Applicants to the course are likely to be recent graduates seeking to improve career prospects in international business and law or professionals working in international business, finance or international business law seeking to develop their expertise. As the emphasis of the programme is on the practical and problem solving aspects of the law, it will also help those who may not possess a legal background.

Students will typically complete the programme over six consecutive terms (two calendar years). An accelerated route is also available, by way of which students complete the programme over four consecutive terms (15 calendar months). Why City's LLM by distance learning?

  • Choose when you want to begin your study, with enrolments in September, January or May
  • Learn from highly qualified experts, practitioners and academics in the field
  • Benefit from a wide range of modules to choose from
  • Gain a prestigious, named LLM award
  • Leave, if you wish, with intermediate qualifications (PG Diploma or Certificate in International Business Law)
  • Distance learning programme so no requirement to enter UK; no visa issues if you are an overseas student.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should normally hold a lower second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution. Applicants who have graduated with an undergraduate degree in a subject other than law are encouraged to apply.

An appropriate professional qualification and relevant experience may also be acceptable. Also, those without formal qualifications but who have more than 10 years relevant working experience may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.


Course Fees:

  • Part-time EU: £8,550 in total, £1,425 per module
  • Part-time Non EU: £8,550 in total, £1,425 per module

Start Date:

26 September 2016
23 January 2017
15 May 2017

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

The City Law School accepts candidates for postgraduate study who have very strong academic potential and good English. Applicants should normally hold a first degree in law from a recognised university (Lower second class honours or higher). Applicants with UK honours degrees or equivalent in a subject other than law will also be considered.

An appropriate professional qualification and relevant experience may also be acceptable. Applicants not in possession of a law degree are also encouraged to apply and will be considered. Also, those without formal qualifications but who have more than 10 years relevant working experience may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

English Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English, the following qualifications are also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0 average, 6.5 minimum in each section
  • PTE Academic: 65 or better.

Other language tests may be accepted or exemptions granted, at the discretion of the Programme Director, if you are able to demonstrate evidence of proficiency in English to the level of 7.0 on the IELTS.

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.

Visa Requirements

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 any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

Course Content

The distance learning LLM programme is designed to help you develop a broader and deeper knowledge of the legal rules which impact on international business. You will be given an opportunity to acquire transferable legal and research skills which will help enhance your career prospects as an international business professional or legal practitioner.

As this is a distance learning programme, it will allow you to learn in your own working environment and at your own pace. You will be given appropriate study materials but you will also be encouraged to explore and identify areas for research and reflection.

The distance learning LLM in International Business Law programme consists of taught modules of 150 credits (five modules at 30 credits each) and a compulsory Dissertation module of 30 credits. Once you have completed the first core module, Foundations of Law in International Business, you will choose an additional four elective modules and take the core Dissertation module. Each module is delivered online via the virtual learning environment (VLE), which incorporates a range of media and technology. You will also have access to the University's extensive range of legal databases, including e-journals and e-books. Your final (core) module is typically the Dissertation.

Course Structure

The modules currently offered on the LLM International Business Law include:

  • Foundations of law in international business (core module)
  • Dispute resolution in international commerce (elective module)
  • E-commerce Law (elective module)
  • International corporation law (elective module)
  • Legal aspects of international finance (elective module)
  • Regulation of information technology and intellectual property (elective module)
  • Law of international trade (elective module)
  • International Investment Law (elective module)
  • Dissertation (core module).

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment

The programme provides you with interactive learning opportunities, combining a range of learning technologies. Whilst it is in essence a self-directed study course, there is also an emphasis on interactive engagement, using learning activities such as discussion forums and chat rooms to help you extend your learning and work collaboratively with your colleagues.

Learning will be facilitated by:

  • Virtual learning environment (VLE) as e-learning platform
  • High quality module learning packs written by our experts and available online
  • Online academic support and personal tutoring (e.g. via email or webchats)
  • Interactive multimedia content
  • Virtual classroom environment (e.g. via discussion boards or Adobe Connect)
  • 24 hour IT support
  • Online access to our extensive library resource database.

Each module is facilitated by an e-tutor who will offer academic and technical support as required.

To enrol on the programme, you are required to have easy access to a computer or laptop that has a minimum technical specification** and good internet access. The University will provide you with an email account and secure access to your virtual learning environment. You are expected to regularly submit work online and engage in online activities.


Methods of assessment vary to meet the practice and academic challenges of a Masters course, including essays, reflective practice, research skills and a research project. You will obtain the greatest academic benefit and satisfaction from researching on an agreed topic, reflecting on it and providing considered arguments in relation to it, as well as affording you the opportunity to explore particular topics in greater depth.


  • Part-time EU: £8,550 in total, £1,425 per module
  • Part-time Non EU: £8,550 in total, £1,425 per module


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Career Prospects

By the end of the LLM International Business Law by distance learning programme, you will not only have gained specialist knowledge in key areas of law from an international business perspective but will have also acquired transferable skills essential to understanding, and succeeding in, the world of International Business Law. With this sound basis, you will be well placed for developing a career in international business or law. You will also be eligible to join the global City Alumni Network.

Postgraduate Experience

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.

Applications are now open for those wishing to start the programme in September 2016 and January 2017.

To apply for the LLM International Business Law (distance learning) programme, please complete the online application form available below corresponding to your desired point of entry:

Late applicants run the risk that the course may be full after the initial round of offers has been made.