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International Business Law

LLM ( 1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time )

Overview

Application deadline

Applications are expected to close 31 July 2017 (this date is subject to change).

The LLM in International Business Law programme offers a comprehensive range of modules relevant to international trade law, business law, competition law, corporate governance, intellectual property and market regulation.

Your fellow students will come from the UK and more than 80 other countries, each able to draw on prior academic and in many cases professional experiences from different jurisdictions to enrich discussion and debate in class.

Why study your LLM in International Business Law at Queen Mary?

The School of Law has consistently been ranked in the top 10 law schools in the UK for the quality of our research and teaching, and many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.

The Postgraduate Law Centre is based in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, the legal district of London, close to law firms, chambers and the Royal Courts of Justice.

  • There is a very high rate of employment of our students within six months of graduation.
  • We have dedicated law careers advisers who organise events and internship opportunities with top UK and international law firms.
  • Many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry, regulatory authorities and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.
  • We offer a Critical Thinking and Writing in Law programme designed to improve your writing and research in law skills
  • You will be able to take part in networking and social events run by the Queen Mary Postgraduate Law Society and upon graduating join our extensive alumni network.

Bursary

SCL - The IT Law Community and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) are offering a bursary for 2017 intake of students at CCLS.

Facilities

You will have access to facilities and equipment at the Postgraduate School of Law Centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields, which comprises workstations, wireless internet access, projectors and a common room. The Graduate Centre at Mile End campus will also provide work areas and social spaces tailored specifically to the needs and working patterns of postgraduate students.

As well as housing the Law Library and a European Documentation Centre, the Queen Mary Library at Mile End provides access to all the main British, European and international textbooks, law reports and periodicals and also offers one of the best commercial law collections in the country. Through the University of London College network, students have access to an unrivalled range of electronic law journals and databases.

In addition, Queen Mary provides free access to extensive online databases and collections including:

  • Lexis
  • Nexis
  • Westlaw
  • Justis
  • Eur-lex
  • Hein-Online
  • Business Source Complete
  • Index to Legal Periodicals
  • International Court of Justice Reports
  • Kluwer Arbitration
  • Oxford Scholarship Online (Law)
  • Reports of Patent, Design and Trademark Cases
  • UK Statute law database
  • United Nations Treaty Collection

In addition to the Queen Mary Library and the British Library, postgraduate students are able to access the well-stocked law library at the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS). The Institute, located at Russell Square, a few minutes’ walk from Lincoln’s Inn Fields, is one of the major law libraries worldwide. You will also have access to the University of London Library at Senate House.

Structure

The Master of Laws (LLM) is available to study full-time for one year or part-time for two years.

Each of the LLM programmes follows a common format: you will take 135 credits worth of taught modules which may be assessed by essays or examinations (see module overviews for full assessment details and dates) and thereafter you work on a 15,000-word dissertation worth 45 credits (submitted mid August). You are required to balance your taught modules equally across the two teaching semesters – a full explanation of this process will be available during induction and before module selection.

What differs from programme to programme is the range of modules that you are required to choose from. If you wish to take an unrestricted range of modules and any approved dissertation topic you should apply for the Master of Laws.

Induction and choosing your modules

We run a comprehensive two-week induction period that includes an overview of the programme and advice on module selection as well as a range of other vital information sessions. You do not have to select your modules until you have had the opportunity to listen and learn about them in greater detail during induction. More detail of the induction programme will be made available online by early September each year.

LLM Year Planner

The LLM Year Planner gives you an idea of the structure of the programme and key periods for assessment and exams.

Full-time

Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly.

Part-time

The part-time LLM is essentially aimed at legal practitioners working full-time in the UK. You will attend the same modules and follow the same teaching timetable as full-time students.

The part-time programme is, however, spread over two academic years.

In year one, you will normally complete 90 credits of taught modules. In year two, you will normally take a further 45 credits of taught modules and submit the compulsory 15,000-word dissertation (45 credits). This can of course be changed if necessary, as the dissertation can actually be done in either year. However we would always advise part-time students to take 90 credits of taught modules in their first year if they are timetabled in a convenient slot.

Although not recommended, it is possible for part-time students, who are having difficulties in finding taught modules that fit in with their work timetable, to submit two 45 credit dissertations – one per year. This would then enable you to take only 45 credits of taught modules each year, one per semester.

Part-time students may also wish to consider the LLM Flexible Study programme.

For more information:

Visit the School of Law website.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

If you can't find the information you are looking for on these pages, take a look at our LLM Frequently Asked Questions.

Modules

To specialise in this area, you must select 90 credits of modules from this list and do your compulsory dissertation in the field of International Business Law (45 credits). The additional 45 credits of taught modules can be in this area or can be unrelated and therefore selected from the full list of LLM available modules.

From the 2017/18 academic year, all LLM modules will be single semester taught 22.5 credits.

Note: Not all of the modules listed will be available in any one year and semesters listed can be subject to change. Any modules not available in the forthcoming academic session will be marked as soon as this information is confirmed by teaching academics.

Certain combinations of modules may be restricted or required – see the individual module description for more details. These are also subject to change but will be confirmed prior to module selection.

Entry requirements

Application deadline

Applications are expected to close 31 July 2017 (this date is subject to change).

Law graduates

The usual qualification for entry to the LLM programme is a degree in law, or a degree with a substantial law content, of at least 2.1 honours (or equivalent). Law graduates with 2.2 honours who also have other legal qualifications and/or substantial professional legal experience may also qualify.

Non-law graduates

Non-law graduates with a minimum second class honours degree, that have also obtained a Merit (or 60 per cent) in the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) recognised by the UK professional bodies, may also qualify. Non-law graduates may also be considered on the basis of exceptional professional experience (of at least five years) in a legal area or an area directly related to their programme of study.

In all cases, a full online application is required in order for a fair assessment and decision to be made. Each application is considered on its merits and on sight of full application documents.

A full and detailed CV is required for all applications and is particularly relevant where professional experience needs to be considered.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details of the English language entry requirements for postgraduate law programmes.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information you require, please contact the Admissions Office.

How to apply - one LLM programme only

You may only apply for one of the School of Law’s LLM London programmes at a time. This restriction does not include the LLM Law and Economics programme or the LLM in Paris programme,  which you may still apply for. You are permitted to apply for a maximum of two Queen Mary taught postgraduate programmes, so you may still apply for a further non-LLM London programme should you wish.

If you apply for one of the LLM London programmes, then later decide you would prefer to attend a different LLM specialism, please contact the Admissions Office Law Team at lawpgadm@qmul.ac.uk - prior to enrolment - to request a manual change of LLM programme. Do not submit a new application.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations and group exercises as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You will have a team of advisers to support you, including the LLM and Research Directors, your dissertation supervisor and tutors and your module convenors.

Where will my lectures and seminars be held?

Teaching is based at the School of Law's postgraduate centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields (nearest Underground station: Holborn). Depending on the courses you take, you may also have classes at the Mile End Campus (nearest Underground stations: Mile End and Stepney Green) or the University of London's Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (nearest Underground stations: Russell Square, Euston and Euston Square) or Charterhouse Square (nearest underground station: Barbican).

The sample LLM teaching timetable will give you some idea of the different locations used for teaching. This is a sample only and venues and times/days can change from year to year. The LLM teaching timetable is given to students during the induction period (after enrolment).

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

Assessment

You will be assessed by a mixture of formal examinations and coursework in the three taught modules, followed by more self-directed work on your 15,000-word dissertation.

Dissertation

You will also complete a dissertation of 15,000-words.

Teachers contributing to this programme include:

  • Professor Peter Alldridge
  • Mr Nick Bernard
  • Professor Stavros Brekoulakis
  • Dr Barnali Choudhury
  • Professor Maher Dabbah
  • Dr Debbie De Girolamo
  • Professor Alan Dignam
  • Professor Janet Dine
  • Professor Gail Elizabeth Evans
  • Mr Ed Flippen
  • Dr Andromachi Georgosouli
  • Dr Miriam Goldby
  • Dr Christiana HJI Panayi
  • Professor Rosa Lastra
  • Dr Rafael Leal-Arcas
  • Professor Spyros Maniatis
  • Professor Duncan Matthews
  • Professor Loukas Mistelis
  • Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas
  • Professor Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal
  • Dr Shalini Perera
  • Professor Philip Rawlings
  • Professor Chris Reed
  • Dr Costanza Russo
  • Dr Noam Shemtov
  • Professor David Southern
  • Professor Uma Suthersanen
  • Professor Ian Walden
  • Professor George Walker
  • Mr Richard Walters
  • Dr Bernard Schneider

Fees

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2017 entry
Full time £13,400

Tuition fees for International students

2017 entry
Full time £19,500

Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

School of Law scholarships

The School of Law offers a range of scholarships for Law Masters programmes each year. Full details are made available on the law funding page from October – November each year.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Read more about funding a masters

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country.

Detailed information about postgraduate funding options is available in our Postgraduate Funding Guide (pdf).

Read more about funding a masters.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

Profiles

Hanna Meliana, Indonesia

LLM in International Business Law, Chevening Scholarship Winner 2014-15

I earned my Law Bachelor Degree from Indonesia in 2008. After my graduation, I joined Baker & McKenzie, Jakarta as an associate and dealt with many interesting issues in relation to Indonesian construction laws and regulations. In 2013, I joined an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (”EPC”) company in Indonesia.

The Law postgraduate program at Queen Mary University of London offers very interesting modules, such as International Construction Contracts and Arbitration. The lecturer of this module, Professor Stavros Brekoulakis, has impressive theoretical and practical knowledge on construction contracts and arbitration. Students are also invited to guest lectures that provide us with different perspectives of construction issues. It is very interesting to find out that our discussion in class is not merely about laws and regulations, but also covers commercial and practical perspectives of construction business. In addition, because our class consists of many international students, I am enriched by information of construction local practice from many countries.

In 2014, Indonesia established the Indonesian Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Settlement Institution for Construction. I believe that with the Chevening scholarship, and the theoretical and practical legal knowledge about construction contracts and arbitration, Queen Mary University can equip me contribute to and develop this new institution in my home country.


Mariami Kvernadze, Georgia

LLM in International Business Law, School of Law Scholarship Winner 2014-15

When applying for CCLS scholarship, I was attending the Masters programme in Law at Tbilisi State University. At the same time I was privileged to work for Georgian law firm J & T Consulting and was running for Vice-President at European Law Students’ Association Georgia.

Despite a nice working, and social experience in my country, I always acknowledged the fact that a diploma from a local university would do little to help a Georgian young woman to succeed, whilst a degree from UK Institution would always open lots of doors.

Having undertaken in-depth research into the world’s leading universities, I decided that because of the impressive variety of the courses, the strength of the curriculum and the location, that studying at Queen Mary would align with my future career goals and aspirations the most.

The global exposure, access to the Centre for Commercial Law Studies resources and living on a lovely campus, assured me that attending Queen Mary University of London was the best choice for my professional and personal development. Staff and the international student body allow me to excel and challenge myself in new ways. I try to take every chance I’m given to participate in social or academic activities in London, to learn from the experience, and to educate my colleagues here about the part of the world I come from, and the controversies we deal with in law.

The number and variety of guest lectures and career events held at the University each week increases my employability, and my chances to stay in the UK and practise law here. However, after mastering my skills in Law, I intend to return in Georgia and play a part in reforming legal practice in my country, which is in its crucial stages of economic development and European integration. As well as this I would like to continue further academic research as a PHD student and share my knowledge with law juniors by conducting seminars or lecture courses for them.


Odette Yankulije, Rwanda

LLM in International Business Law 2009-10

"I hold a Law degree from the University of Rwanda and masters in Public Administration from the National School of Public Administration, University of Quebec. I am a practicing lawyer working with the Ministry of Justice in Rwanda/ Attorney General's office in the Legislative drafting department.

I have always wanted to undertake a master's programme in Law and Queen Mary University of London through the Cherie Blair Foundation programme of capacity building to the Government of Rwanda accorded me the opportunity to. My employer has selected me to be on that scholarship scheme.

At Queen Mary, I was welcomed by the diverse cultures of international students that made my stay comfortable. I was particularly impressed by the choice preferences we were accorded to undertake during my course of study. Consequently I have specialized in International Business law.

With this specialism, I am able to work in the public service and contribute towards the development of the commercial sector in my country. Further, given Queen Mary's reputation on the job market, I am confident I shall work in the competitive private sector as well.

Queen Mary accorded me the opportunity to learn in a friendly environment with diverse cultures because of its International reputation. Since graduating, I have returned to work for the Ministry of Justice."


Shanda King, USA

LLM in International Business Law 2011-12

Recipient of the 2011-12 Drapers' Scholarship for a graduating student from William and Mary Law School, USA to study at Queen Mary.

"My studies at Queen Mary have been intellectually challenging and rewarding. The most difficult part was choosing what modules to take, because there are so many intriguing options and remarkable professors. The best part, to me, is the opportunity to study with such a diverse group of classmates from all over the world. They are not only my classmates and colleagues but also now my dear friends. I am specialising in International Business Law with a particular focus on international trade, investment, and economic law issues. Thus, learning the perspectives of my classmates has been invaluable in providing unique insight in my chosen field. London is also the perfect place to immerse yourself in any type of study with an international angle. Not only is there a wealth of resources for research, but there are essentially unlimited options for social diversion. A group of my close friends here gets together each week for dinner at a different restaurant serving a particular international cuisine, and we take turns suggesting places that specialise in the food from our home countries. My husband enjoys all these outings with us as well, and he forgives us the fact that he is the lone computer programmer surrounded by a group of lawyers."


Svein Azcue Flores, Mexico

School of Law Scholarship Winner 2013-14, LLM in International Business Law

I chose Queen Mary looking for a specialised, challenging and comprehensive LLM degree. With a Bachelor law degree in Mexico and a legal background on international trade, aeronautical law and my former job as part of the Office of the General Counsel of the American auto manufacturer Chrysler, I was particularly interested in the CCLS’s vanguard approach on the study of law. In my experience, CCLS’s professors give a more practical insight to their lectures, promoting critical thinking and debates resulting in a dynamic class with a real impact on the student’s judgments and criteria.

Queen Mary gives the possibility for students to review, analyse and experience numerous modules and discuss them with academics prior to their final selection, thus getting a chance to make an informed decision based not only on the module’s description but on the focus and style of both the professor and the class contents.

In addition, the extraordinarily diverse and international student body is so rich that the different backgrounds and cultural insights make the whole academic and social experience one of a kind. Never be shy to network and take advantage of both London’s and CCLS location and energy to enjoy the city and travel; museums, theatres, concerts, restaurants, tours and more add to the experience whilst building a strong social and academic foundation for both triumphs and challenges ahead.

My plans for the future are still to be determined, but I am certain that this LLM will play a key role in both my professional and personal future.


Tim Van Veen, Holland

LLM in International Business Law 2007-2008

Tim Van Veen, Holland, Associate, Baker McKenzie

“After my LLM Dutch Private Law at Utrecht University, I had the opportunity to study abroad. Essentially, I chose to do an LLM International Business Law at Queen Mary in London, whilst London is one of the most exciting cities in the world and due to the fact that Queen Mary has a splendid reputation. During my year in London I gained experience abroad and I have further developed my (legal) English as well as my know-how.

My LLM degree as well as a letter of recommendation from one of my professors was of paramount importance in getting a job in the middle of the credit crunch. I now am a lawyer at Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam (Litigation department). I had a great time in London whilst studying at Queen Mary. In addition, my experience is that Queen Mary is always willing to support new ideas.


Wet-Li Sung, Taiwan

LLM International Business Law 2008-09

“I took my bachelor’s degree in Financial and Economic Law at Fu-Jen Catholic University (FJU) in June 2005. I then worked as a maritime legal specialist as a Taiwanese representative of an internationalized British company for about two years.

I chose Queen Mary University of London because of its well known reputation all over the world and its educational efforts being highly recognised by many great academic institutions.

The School of law is located in the centre of Legal London where you can get easy access to one of the best law libraries, IALS and public and private sources.

The main campus is in Mile End, which is about 10 minutes by underground train to central London, and is all-round and fully equipped with dormitories, leisure centres and a lovely canal. We all enjoy the not-too-crowded Mile End campus after school and the simultaneous advantage – cheaper living expenses!

I am enjoying the courses very much. Queen Mary, University of London provides a very wide range of courses for students to choose. In addition, the teaching fellows (some are practitioners, whilst others are senior lecturers) are so active in helping us do research.”


Yasemin Kavlak, Turkey

LLM in International Business Law, Jean Monnet Scholarship Winner 2014-15

Having completed a BA in International Relations (2008, Turkey) and an MA in European Union Studies (2009, Netherlands) I started my career as an expert at the Ministry of Economy of Turkey in 2010. As a practitioner of international trade at the Ministry, I have observed that active involvement in rule making and strong understanding of international trade rules are of critical importance, especially for developing countries, thanks to the prominent role of economic diplomacy in global governance. With that in mind, my professional experience combined with the multidisciplinary structure of my academic background has prompted me to pursue an LLM degree in order to gain an in depth insight to International Business Law.

Queen Mary is the ideal institution to help me make the most of my post-graduate study in Law, both academically and socially. The diverse options of LLM specialisms and modules enable you to gain expertise in your desired area. Furthermore, extracurricular activities such as academic reading and writing sessions, dissertation seminars, career events and lectures on current issues in law contribute to and enhance my studies. Like London, Queen Mary has a cosmopolitan atmosphere which you would expect from postgraduate education abroad.

As a young professional, I would like to continue my career at the Turkish Ministry of Economy. I strongly believe that the academic background and social experience which Queen Mary offers will support me in taking further steps in my career.


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