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International Commercial Law  LLM


The Specialist LLM in International Commercial Law offers you expert guidance and academic support in the main areas of international commercial law and regulation. You may choose from an extensive list of electives ranging from international trade law, to shipping, to business regulation.

The masters degree in International Commercial Law provides you with the opportunity to study an extensive range of different but related subjects in international commercial law.

The well qualified International Commercial Law specialist is in serious demand in legal practice, government and industry. The distinct advantage of studying for a postgraduate degree in International Commercial Law at the heart of commercial London goes without saying.

Students may choose to offer those electives with a more narrow commercial angle such as international trade, insurance, banking or shipping law; or they may choose to focus more on the business or trade regulation based electives such as competition law, financial law, WTO law, taxation, energy law and EU business regulation; or they may prefer a combination of the two sets.

You will be given the support to research new and developing areas of international commercial law under the guidance of your expert tutors.

Why the City LLM in International Commercial Law?

  • Get taught by established scholars and highly regarded practitioners with direct experience of commercial law and regulation
  • Learn in small classes
  • 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

You can also explore the Master of Laws that allows you to combine internaitonal commercial law-related modules with any other modules of your choice.

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £11,000
  • Part-time EU: £5,500 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £16,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £8,000 per year

Start Date:

September 2016
January 2017

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

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 English-speaking countries OR have not successfully completed an academic qualification equivalent to a UK undergraduate degree taught in English 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
  • References
  • Relevant work experience / activity

Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students

If 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.

English Requirements

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 SELT s we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Language Programmes

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.

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.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2016
January 2017

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years (minimum)

Course Content

To qualify for this specialist Master in International Commercial Law, 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 Commercial Law:

  • International Banking Law (30 credits)
  • International Insurance Law (30 credits)
  • International Tax (30 credits)
  • Substantive EU Competition Law (30 credits
  • European Business Regulation I: (30 credits)
  • European Business Regulation II: (30 credits)
  • World Trade Law (30 credits)
  • Comparative Antitrust Law (30 credits)
  • Admiralty Law (30 credits)
  • Marine Insurance (30 credits)
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea (30 credits)
  • Law of International Trade (30 credit)
  • International Corporate Finance (30 credits)
  • International Energy Litigation (30 credits)
  • Project Finance and Law (30 credits)
  • International Commercial Arbitration (30 credits)
  • Energy Law (30 credits)
  • International Investment Law (30 credits)
  • EU Litigation (30 credits)
  • Energy, Environment & Security (30 credits)
  • EU Banking Law (30 credits)
  • EU Tax Law (30 credits)
  • International Cartels (30 credits)
  • International Intellectual Property Law (30 credits)
  • Mergers (30 credits)
  • Air & Space Law (30 credits)
  • Regulation of Online Entertainment (30 credits)

The remainder of the credits may be completed by selecting any other LLM modules of your choice.

View our full range of modules

Dissertation (incorporating research methods training)

  • 10,000 word Supervised Dissertation (30 credits) or
  • 20,000 word Supervised Dissertation (60 credits)

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.

Please note that those students who start the course in January will take two (or three) taught modules in the spring term (January-April), write their dissertation over the summer, before completing the remaining taught modules in the autumn term (September – December).  Please be reassured that this structure does not disadvantage January entry students in any way; the dissertation is a separate piece of individual work, it does not directly build on the teaching and assessment which takes place on the taught modules. All students are allocated dissertation supervisors who assist students topic selection and in research methodology.

Teaching and Assessment

One of the core values of the LLM is that we try and provide a strong level of support to our student and this means that we keep our classes small. All our classes run on the basis of a minimum of six students and a maximum of 30, which provides you with a positive and interactive learning environment to study in.

You 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.

Find out more about our academics at The City Law School


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 10,000 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 20,000 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.


Law and Practice Forum - We run a suite of seminars throughout the year where we bring in lawyers, economists, public affairs specialists and in house counsel to the School provide you with an insight into modern commercial law practice.

For more information visit the Law and Practice Forum

Legal London - We encourage you to make the most of legal London and attend specialist lectures across the City related to law and business. We highly recommend that our students  take up membership of British Institute of International and Comparative Law to enable them to access the organisation's high quality commercial law seminars.


  • Full-time EU: £11,000
  • Part-time EU: £5,500 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £16,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £8,000 per year


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

See our range scholarships, prizes and loans that can help you pay for your course.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

For further information and ideas about how to fund your course, visit Financing your study.

Career Prospects

Graduates from this specialist LLM are well placed to pursue careers in this area of law in professional legal/corporate practice, business, management, banking and finance, transport, government, international or EU organisations, media and press, academia and research.

The City Law School has a vibrant Pro Bono programme and all students are able to take up opportunities within this.

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.

Apply for the Specialist LLM in International Commercial Law

Applications are now open for 2016 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.

September 2016

The application deadlines for September 2016 entry are as follows:

  • Home/EU students: 12 September 2016
  • International students: 24 August 2016

January 2017

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