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  1. International Commercial Law LLM
    1. 2016
    2. 2017

International Commercial Law

The Specialist LLM in International Commercial Law explores the main areas of international commercial law and regulation, covering a wide range of exciting subjects from international trade law, to shipping, to business regulation.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016
January 2017


Full-time: one year
Part-time: two years


Full-time: £11,000

Part-time: £5,500 per year


Full-time: £16,000

Part-time: £8,000 per year

Who is it for?

The Specialism in International Commercial Law will appeal to students at all stages of their career and from around the world who have an interest in the commercial dimension of legal issues. It will enable you with this focus to develop your career in private commercial practice at law firms or in house across in a variety of sectors. With the broad knowledge available under this wide-ranging specialism, you will also be well-placed to embark on policy-oriented careers in the private or public sector.


One of the more popular specialisms, the LLM in International Commercial Law offers you expert guidance and academic support in the main areas of international commercial law and regulation. This course provides you with the opportunity to study an extensive range of distinct but related subjects in international commercial law. Our internationally-renowned International Commercial Law specialism is in serious demand in legal practice, government and industry.

This specialism offers an impressive selection of commercial modules covering areas as widespread as international trade and shipping, finance and banking, competition law and tax. This amazing selection allows students to tailor the focus of their studies to suit their interests and career goals.

Requirements and 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 of London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities.  Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City, University of 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: 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each area.

Due to changes in the UKVI 's list of SELT s we are no longer able to accept TOEFLas 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 six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

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 of London
4 Gray's Inn Place

Gray's Inn Place
Study in the heart of legal London.
Modules to choose from across 12 specialisms.
Learn from instructors who are world-leading researchers and who have extensive professional experience.


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


Each year a small number of internships become available and you will be provided with information about such opportunities and how to apply during the year of your study.

Academic facilities

Gray's Inn City Law School

As a City Law School student you will benefit from everything City has to offer including the Learning Success department and Lawbore, an online resource designed to help you find the information you need for the course modules. All course modules have online depositories through Moodle.

As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

You will benefit from City, University of London’s extensive library of hard copy and electronic resources, including its comprehensive database of domestic and international caselaw, legislation, treaties and legal periodicals. There are two law-specific libraries – one at the Gray’s Inn campus and one at our Northampton square campus -  with individual study spaces and dedicated rooms for group work.

Additionally, we are a short walk away from the British Library and the Law Library of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

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We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

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Teaching and learning

This course is taught by leading academics as well as visiting practitioners including barristers and solicitors who work in private practice and in legal departments of major companies.


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.


To qualify for this specialist Master in International Human rights, 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.

Dissertation (incorporating research methods training)

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

Specialism modules

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

For your remaining modules you can choose from more than 50 modules covering a diverse range of subjects.

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.

If you start the course in January you will take two (or three) taught modules in the spring term (January - April) and write your 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.

  • Academic expert
    Professor of Commercial and Maritime Law working in the The City Law School.
  • Student
    I really enjoyed writing my dissertation. It is priceless to be able to make such a comprehensive research in your areas of interest and make a point that could potentially be used in the legal sector or in business.

Career prospects

As a graduate of this specialist LLM you will be well placed to pursue careers in this area of law in private practice, in-house in a law firm, policy and government, non-governmental organisations and a wide range of non-legal careers in trade and commerce.

The City Law School has a vibrant Pro Bono programme including our award-winning commercial law clinic for tech start-ups Start-Ed .

Postgraduate experience

Students who complete the LLM may wish to continue their academic studies by enrolling in a PhD offered by The City Law School.

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 of London
4 Gray's Inn Place

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