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  1. Postgraduate
    1. 2020
    2. 2021
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LLM International Business Law (distance learning)

Entry Year:
Develop specialist knowledge in key areas of law relevant to international business with this flexible, part-time, online distance-learning LLM.

Key information

Start date

September 2020
January 2021
May 2021

Academic year dates


Min: 15 months
Max: five years

The course consists of six modules in total. The minimum length of the LLM programme is 15 months, the maximum five years. The programme structure also allows you to suspend your studies for a maximum of two consecutive terms should you wish to.

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Part-time: £9,180 in total; £1,530 per module


Part-time: £9,180 in total; £1,530 per module


Distance learning

Who is it for?

This online course is suitable for those looking to develop a career in international business or law. This course has been designed for 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 who complete the LLM may wish to continue their advanced legal studies by enrolling on the PhD or MPhil programmes offered by The City Law School.

As this LLM is a distance learning programme, you do not need to enter the UK. As a result, you will not require a visa for this course if you are an overseas student.


As the programme is delivered online, The International Business Law LLM is designed with one aim in mind: flexibility.

This course will enable you to:

  • Have the freedom to study in your own working environment and at your own pace on a flexible, part-time LLM.
  • Access technology-enhanced learning environments that support your experience.
  • Benefit from City's extensive range of legal databases, including e-journals and e-books.
  • Develop specialist knowledge and broaden your existing knowledge of the legal rules which impact international business.
  • Acquire legal and research skills to help enhance your career prospects as an international business professional or legal practitioner.
  • Gain transferable skills that are essential to understanding and succeeding in international business.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

The City Law School accepts candidates for postgraduate study who have very strong academic potential and good English.

To apply, you should normally hold a first degree in Law from a recognised university (lower second-class honours UK-standard or higher).

Applicants with UK honours degrees or equivalent in a subject other than Law are also encouraged to apply and will be considered. An appropriate professional qualification and relevant experience may also be acceptable.

Also, those without formal qualifications but who have more than ten years’ relevant working experience may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

English requirements

If your first language is not English, one of the following qualifications are also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0 average, 6.5 minimum in each section
  • PTE Academic: 65 or better
  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition: 95 overall with no less than 24 in Writing and Reading, 22 in Listening and 25 in Speaking
  • LanguageCert ESOL International online: C1 Expert Pass (combined written and oral test)

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.

How to apply

Applications for this course are now open

Please see the application links below:

January 2021 – part-time (deadline 8 January 2021)

May 2021 – part-time (deadline 26 April 2021)

Sarah Oliver
Course Officer LLM International Business Law (distance learning)
City, University of London
Northampton Square
Tel.: +44 (0)20 7040 3119

The online course can be studied part time and offers three start dates – September, January and May
City launches its first-ever distance learning degree programme: the LLM International Business Law
During your course

More about fees

Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

City alumni will be eligible for a 10% programme discount (applied to the final 30 credits of the 180-credit LLM programme).

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.


New students will be invited to apply for a scholarship which will be awarded at the start of the programme and applied to the cost of the first module. Decisions will be made on the basis of applicants' academic merit, financial need and 250-words statement.


Progressing students (on progression from the first module, Foundations of Law in International Business, to the elective stage) will be eligible for excellence awards. Excellence awards will be applied to the cost of the second module. Decisions will be made on the basis of the students' top performance on the Foundations module.

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Online events

If you are interested in applying for the LLM International Business Law (distance learning) but cannot make it to an Open Evening, you may be able to register for one of our upcoming online sessions for prospective students.

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Academic facilities

The LLM International Business Law is delivered entirely online via distance learning through City's virtual learning environment, Moodle. All resources used on the programme are available online via Moodle and the Library.

You are welcome to connect with your module leaders via email or arrange appointments to speak on Skype or meet in person if you are in London.

As a distance learning student, you have access to the facilities, including the libraries, dedicated law libraries and Student Centre at City. You are also welcome to attend public events/lectures and use the on-campus facilities if you are in London.

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Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

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Course content and assessment

To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.

Contact us to find out more about how our programmes will be delivered.

Teaching and learning

The programme provides you with interactive learning opportunities, combining a range of learning technologies. Whilst it is 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.

Your learning will be facilitated by:

  • Virtual learning environment (VLE) as an 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. We 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.


On a weekly basis, you will receive feedback via the discussion board per each discussion thread. The Learning Packs will contain self-assessment questions, and tutors will provide formative feedback on your responses to these questions.

Participation on taught modules is a pre-requisite for sitting the final assessment and is therefore assessed as a pass/fail summative assessment.

The activity requiring participation may vary from module to module, however, a standard will be maintained across all modules. For instance, if a module requires participation, such as posting messages/responses on a module discussion board and there are eight weekly opportunities to do so, you will be required to submit four posts (50%) for assessment. Each post must be sufficient in length (i.e. approximately 500 words).

You are expected to participate in all online activities.

Summative assessment of the taught modules that comprise the degree will be by coursework only (3,500 words). It is considered that you will obtain the greatest academic benefit and satisfaction from researching a topic, reflecting on it and providing considered arguments in relation to it, as well as affording the opportunity to explore particular topics in greater depth. All coursework must be submitted via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Email submissions will not be accepted.

You will be offered a range of assessment titles in each subject. Additional titles may be added to reflect any developments in the subject occurring during the teaching of the module, enabling you to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues and to respond to the most up-to-date information available.


The distance learning LLM in International Business Law programme consists of:

  • Taught modules of 150 credits (five modules at 30 credits each)
  • A compulsory Dissertation module of 30 credits.

In the first academic term, all students are required to take the core module, Foundations of Law in International Business (30 credits).

Upon successful completion of the core module, you will select any further four taught modules from the range of available subjects. You are free to take one or two modules each academic term.

All modules run over a period of 10 weeks (10 units).

Each module requires approximately 300 hours of study and you will normally spend between 25 and 30 hours a week on each module, comprised mainly of self-directed and online hours.

Typically, once all taught modules have been successfully completed, students proceed to the Dissertation (30 credits).

Elective modules

The elective modules will draw from a variety of sources of law, including laws from different systems of law (European Union Law, international law and the English common law).

The programme will take an internationalist and comparative legal approach wherever appropriate. This approach that is more enriching for professionals who work in a global environment and distinguishes The City Law School distance learning LLM from most other LLMs offered by UK universities.

The elective modules (30 credits each) currently offered on the LLM International Business Law include:

  • Dispute resolution in international commerce
  • International corporation law
  • International investment law
  • Law of international trade
  • Legal aspects of international finance
  • Regulation of information technology and intellectual property
  • Clinical Legal Education and Global Governance
  • Introduction to Contemporary Issues in Transatlantic Relations

Please note: Module availability cannot be guaranteed. The range of elective modules offered will vary from year to year and is subject to availability and student demand.


The requirement to complete a 10,000-word Dissertation reflects the assumption, and the concerns of employers, that an LLM graduate should display a high standard of competence in research and a capacity for original thought.

Dissertation supervision will be undertaken by internal members of staff and visiting lecturers ensuring that expert guidance is available to all. Where it is appropriate for a student to be supervised by a visiting lecturer, due to the subject area of the dissertation, you should ensure that you have agreed in advance the methods of communication, including the mode and frequency of contact.

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

After you graduate

Career prospects

By the end of the programme, you will have a specialist knowledge in key areas of law from an international business perspective. You will have also acquired transferable skills essential to developing your career in International Business Law.

After you have completed the LLM, you may wish to continue your advanced legal studies on the PhD or MPhil courses offered by The City Law School.

Find out more information on the Careers support available at City.

Applications for this course are now open

Please see the application links below:

January 2021 – part-time (deadline 8 January 2021)

May 2021 – part-time (deadline 26 April 2021)

Sarah Oliver
Course Officer LLM International Business Law (distance learning)
City, University of London
Northampton Square
Tel.: +44 (0)20 7040 3119

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