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Commercial Law (Singapore/London) 15 months

LLM ( 2 years Full-time )


The Dual LLM in Commercial Law (Singapore and London) programme aims to provide students with a unique opportunity to study commercial law in two major commercial hubs, Singapore and London. The programme is designed to give you a broad overview of Asian commercial law in Singapore followed by the opportunity to build on this knowledge by going into more depth in London, through more specialised taught modules as well as a dissertation.

This is a highly intensive 15-month degree programme where you will gain insight into the legal underpinnings of commerce in the East and West. On successful completion you will be awarded a Dual LLM in Commercial Law (Singapore and London) from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in the UK and Singapore Management University (SMU) in Singapore.

This programme:
  • Provides an expert and in-depth understanding of the workings of commercial law and the application of the law to everyday practice. You will also gain the ability to assess critically and comment upon the current state of the law from an international and transnational perspective and conduct advanced research in this area of law.
  • Has a major focus on international and comparative issues, and on the importance of legal principles, rules and laws underlying business and commercial relationships. You will be equipped with a thorough understanding of key aspects of commercial law from multiple perspectives.
  • Will allow you to develop an in-depth understanding of different regions' approaches to resolving commercial problems.
  • This is a fully integrated programme where you will stay connected to both universities throughout the whole 15 month programme. You will be given thorough inductions at each of the two stages of the programme in both universities. Lecturers from both universities will be available to you, whether you are in Singapore or in London.
The programme features extracurricular activities including, networking, careers and social events. See our landing page to find out more about SMU, Singapore and the benefits of studying in dual locations.

The information given about this course is correct at the time of publishing. The university reserves the right to modify or cancel any statement and accepts no responsibility for the consequence of any such changes. Please contact QMUL directly for more information on

Why study your LLM in Commercial Law at Queen Mary University of London and Singapore Management University?

LLM degrees from QMUL and SMU have the potential to open up global career opportunities for high-calibre students. That's because both institutions are among the world's most respected universities and the programme is tailored to meet the needs of employers.

This 15-month Master of Law programme offers a greater variety and breadth of experience than a standard one year programme.

You will gain an expert understanding of different international regions' approaches to resolving commercial problems, and the ways in which these respective solutions achieve (or fail to achieve) their ends.

Facilities while studying at SMU

Purpose-built over 4.5 hectares of prime Singapore land, SMU’s campus is designed, integrated and constructed in the heart of a fully developed cityscape. An underground concourse that links all of the schools provides students the convenience of moving easily between classes, rain or shine.

The seminar rooms all have access to the campus-wide wireless network and every seat is equipped with a power socket so that students can use their laptops to take notes, search for information, or do presentations without having to worry about battery life. Their tiered and U-shaped configuration is specially designed to facilitate seminar-style delivery.

Sports facilities include a rooftop swimming pool, a well-equipped gymnasium, and a multi-purpose sports hall equipped with a rock wall. The campus is also equipped with facilities to stir budding artists, including an Arts & Culture Centre, multi-purpose hall, a basement studio, and the Campus Radio Studio.

Facilities while studying at QMUL

You will have access to facilities and equipment at the Postgraduate Law Centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, which comprises workstations, wireless internet access, projectors and a common room. You will also have access to the Lock-keeper's Cottage Graduate Centre at the Mile End campus.

The QMUL library provides access to all the main British, European and international textbooks, law reports and periodicals and offers one of the best commercial law collections in the country. Through the University of London College network you will have access to an unrivalled range of electronic law journals and databases. In addition to the QMUL Library and the British Library, postgraduate students are able to access the one of the world's major law libraries at the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS). You will also have access to the University of London Library at Senate House.


This course is taught over a 15-month period from July 2016 to September 2017.

Singapore Management University (SMU)

  • July 2018 SMU Induction: Students start their dual degree in Singapore
  • 2 x 22.5 credit modules taught intensively
  • 4 x 22.5 credit modules (total 90 credits).

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)

  • January 2019 QMUL Induction: Students continue their dual degree in London, UK
  • 4 x 22.5 credit taught modules at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (total 90 credits)
  • 1 x 45 credit dissertation module
  • Late April - early June 2019 Examination period for taught modules
  • June - September 2019 Dissertation writing-up.

135 credits from QMUL and 135 credits from SMU (270 credits in total).

Induction and choosing your modules

You will be required to attend an induction at the start of the programme in Singapore and to participate in an induction for QMUL in the UK at the start of the second part of your programme.

QMUL runs an induction period that includes an overview of the programme and module selection, dissertation and research skills. Full details of the induction programme will be made available online before you start.


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. The dual degree is particularly demanding to accommodate two LLMs within a 15-month period.

When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

  • Is this degree recognised as two degrees? Yes, one from SMU and one from QMUL.
  • Will I get one single grade or two? Students will be awarded two grades, one from SMU and one from QMUL.
  • Will a visa be guaranteed after studying in SMU to come to QMUL? This cannot be guaranteed but SMU and QMUL will assist their students with providing all necessary documents to the relevant authorities. Success of visa applications will largely depend on individual circumstances.
  • How much work experience is needed? Individual cases will be reviewed accordingly.
  • Are all the fees paid at once? One instalment is to be paid to SMU when you start your programme at SMU, and one instalment is to be paid to QMUL when you start at QMUL.
  • Are fees paid in UK Sterling or Singapore Dollar? Each instalment of the fees will be paid in the currency of the respective institution.
  • Is the degree taught in English at SMU? This programme is fully taught in English throughout the 15 months in both institutions.


All modules on this programme, apart from the dissertation module, are 22.5 credits, both at SMU and QMUL. The dissertation is 45 credits.

Modules offered at Singapore Management University

Please note that all the SMU modules are compulsory; SMU will determine which 6 from the above will be offered each academic year. See here for 2018 modules.

Modules offered at Queen Mary University of London

You must select 90 credits of modules from this list and do your compulsory dissertation in the field of Commercial Law (45 credits).

Compulsory modules

  • QLLS001 Dissertation (45 credits)
  • QLLS002 Transnational Problems in Commercial Contracts.

Elective modules in finance law

Elective modules in computer and communications law

Elective modules in intellectual property law

Elective modules in Regulation and Compliance

Please note that all modules mentioned above are part of the Dual LLM curriculum but they are subject to changes depending on availability.

    Entry requirements

    Application deadline

    The deadline for applying for the Dual LLM in Commercial Law (Singapore and London) is April/May 2018.
    We may close earlier if places are filled, so we recommend that you apply early.

    Students from outside the United Kingdom must give evidence of their English language ability by producing an English language test score: IELTS 7.0 (minimum Writing: 7.0 and R, L, S: 5.5).

    Other English test results may also be considered in accordance with the QMUL admissions regulations.

    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 may be considered on the basis of any professional experience that directly relates to the subject area.

    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) and Bar Finals/Legal Practice examinations, or passed the solicitors’ qualifying examination, may qualify.

    International applicants

    Applicants must meet all of the QMUL LLM entry requirements to apply for the dual degree programme. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the international students 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.

    How to apply

    All applications for the Dual LLM in Commercial Law (Singapore and London) should be made directly to Queen Mary University London.

    Applicants who satisfy QMUL's admissions criteria are shortlisted. QMUL will pass on shortlisted applications directly to SMU admissions for the next stage of the admission process.

    Applicants will then go through the Singapore Management University's admissions process. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to take a short test and attend a selection interview with a selector from SMU. The interview and test can be done face-to-face or remotely online if required.

    Please note: We will share the application details you submit to QMUL with SMU because it will be necessary for the performance of any contract between you and QMUL/SMU. Please refer to the privacy notice for applicants and for further information.

    Learning and teaching

    Where will my lectures and seminars be held?

    The programme will be held in both Singapore and the UK. You will spend July to December 2017 studying at SMU in Singapore and from January to September 2018 studying at QMUL in London. This will complete the 15-month programme across the two cities.


    While based in Singapore students you will study at:

    Singapore Management University
    School of Accountancy/School of Law building
    60 Stamford Road
    Singapore 178900


    While studying at QMUL in London 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).


    You will be assessed by formal examinations and coursework for taught modules, followed by self-directed research work for your dissertation (under supervision).


    You will complete a compulsory dissertation of 15,000 words, which will be part of the second stage of the LLM at QMUL. The writing of your dissertation takes place from June to September you have the option to either complete it at QMUL or you may return to your home country for this final part of your studies.

    Independent study

    This is a very intensive programme and there is a high expectation of 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.

    Teaching staff

    QMUL academics teaching modules on the London part of the programme:

    SMU academics teaching modules on the Singapore part of the programme:


    Tuition fees for Home and EU students

    2019/20 Academic Year

    Full time £28,000
    Part-time study is not available for this course

    Tuition fees for International students

    2019/20 Academic Year

    Full time £28,000
    Part-time study is not available for this course


    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.

    Read more about funding a masters.

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

    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


    Dr Costanza Russo

    Dr Costanza Russo is the Senior Lecturer in International Banking Law and Business Ethics at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary University of London. She is also the Co-Director of the Institute for Regulation and Ethics.

    Before moving to London she has held teaching and research positions at the Universities of Bologna and Trento, Italy; and Zurich, Switzerland.

    With CCLS she lectures in the postgraduate modules in Banking Law, in EU Financial Law and in Ethics in Business and in Finance. Dr Russo is also module convenor for Legal Aspects of International Finance, Introduction to Insurance Regulation, Elements of Islamic Law and Islamic Finance and Commercial Law.

    Dr Russo is also Visiting Lecturer at NYU Stern School of Business – London programme where she teaches in their Social Impact Core curriculum. She is also Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation, University of Reading, UK. Until 2013, Dr Russo was visiting Lecturer at the University of Barcelona, Spain, where she taught Regulation of Financial Markets for their LLM programme.

    She holds a Master Degree in Law and a PhD in Economics.  Before moving to Academia she was a qualified solicitor in Italy where she practiced in the areas of corporate and commercial law. Her main fields of expertise include cross border bank insolvency, international banking regulation and finance, company law, CSR and business ethics on which she has extensively presented and written on academic and practitioners journals.

    Dr Rosa Lastra

    Dr Rosa María Lastra is Professor in International Financial and Monetary Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary University of London. She is a member of Monetary Committee of the International Law Association (MOCOMILA), a founding member of the European Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee (ESFRC), an associate of the Financial Markets Group of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an affiliated scholar of the Centre for the Study of Central Banks at New York University School of Law. From 2008 to 2010 she was a Visiting Professor of the University of Stockholm. She has served as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. From November 2008 to June 2009 she acted as Specialist Adviser to the European Union Committee [Sub-Committee A] of the House of Lords regarding its Inquiry into EU Financial Regulation and responses to the financial crisis. Since 2015 she is a member of the Monetary Expert Panel of the European Parliament.

    Gaetano Dimita, Singapore

    Dr Gaetano Dimita

    Gaetano is the Co-director of the LLM in Intellectual Property Law, the Director of the Certificate in Intellectual Property Law and teaches International and Comparative Law of Copyright and Related Rights; Global Intellectual Property Law; and Interactive Entertainment Law.

    He is a member of the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute, an Executive Committee Member of the British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association, the UK national group of the Association Litteraire et Artistique Internationale, a member of the BCC Copyright and Technology Working Group, the faculty Advisor and Guest Editor of the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute Journal, Edward Elgar; and the Editor of the Queen Mary School of Law SSRN series.

    Gaetano is also a qualified Avvocato in Italy (Italian Bar Association – Rome).

    Professor Chris Reed

    Chris Reed is a member of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS). He joined the Centre in 1987 and is responsible for the University of London LLM courses in Information Technology Law, Internet Law, Electronic Banking Law and Telecommunications Law. Chris has published widely on many aspects of computer law and research in which he was involved led to the EU directives on electronic signatures and on electronic commerce. From 1997-2000, Chris was Joint Chairman of the Society for Computers and Law, and in 1997-8 he acted as Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology. Chris participated as an Expert at the European Commission/Danish Government Copenhagen Hearing on Digital Signatures, represented the UK Government at the Hague Conference on Private International Law and has been an invited speaker at OECD and G8 international conferences. He is a former Director of CCLS, and from 2004 to 2009 was Academic Dean of the Faculty of Law & Social Sciences.

    Professor Duncan Matthews

    Professor Duncan Matthews is a member of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies. He has held academic positions as a lecturer in law at the University of Warwick and as a research fellow at the ESRC Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, also at the University of Warwick. He has worked as a researcher at a policy think-tank (the National Institute for Economic and Social Research, London) and as an EU lobbyist.

    He has acted as an advisor to: Directorate General Trade of the European Commission; the ECAP II EC-ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights Co-operation Programme; the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); the European Parliament Committee on International Trade; the European Patent Office (EPO); the UK Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy (SABIP); and the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) Expert Advisory Group on Trade and Development.

    He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) Education Committee and also worked with the Centre for the Management of Intellectual Property in Health Research and Development (MIHR) on an IP Handbook of Best Practices. He is co-founder of the European Intellectual Property Teachers’ Network (EIPTN).

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