Our Graduate College provides a friendly, diverse and supportive environment for all our postgraduate students.

Professor Susan Millns, Dean of the Graduate College

    How do you want to study?


    1 year




    This course gives you a complete understanding of the commercial world through developing knowledge of international law and international business in tandem.

    The LLM prepares you for effective roles in the international law and business arenas either as practitioners or as academics, undertaking further research in this dynamic field. The course aims to develop your knowledge of core concepts and theories in international law and business as well as problem-solving skills, academic and practice-based writing so you are equipped with skills for either a life in academia or practice in the international law and business field.

    Why study International Business and Law?

    We have small classes that allow us to engage with you at a more personal level so we can work with you on developing your full potential.

      All about the course

      The LLM introduces you to the alternatives to the judicial process, such as mediation and arbitration, upon which key actors in this field increasingly rely. It allows you to develop the theoretical knowledge of these processes as well as knowledge of the procedural application of these processes in the field of international business and law.

      It further engages you in complex moots and oral presentations, so that upon completion of the course you can argue points of law in a convincing and accurate manner. You will experience a variety of learning methods so that you build strong knowledge supported by key skills most desired by employers in the field of International law and business.

      Entry requirements

      A 2:2 or above in an undergraduate Law degree or 2:2 or above in a joint honours degree where Law is a major component eg Finance and Accounting.

      If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.

      Applicants without a degree in law or combined honours, but having studied Law as a component part of their degree, will also be considered on a discretionary basis, taking into consideration any relevant work experience. See below under further entry requirements for more details.

      in Law, Finance or Accounting

      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

      Core/optional modules

      *Modules subject to validation

      How you’ll learn

      You will be taught through a blended learning strategy whereby you will study through a combination of lectures, seminars and in class activities that require you to undertake preparation in advance of the class. Some of the materials you must access through online networks on our virtual learning platforms.

      You will typically have around 15 contact hours per week and will depend on the option modules you select.

      Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures.  In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor. 

      You will have access to specialist library facilities throughout your course as well as online materials.

      When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study.  Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, using the virtual learning environment, working on preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

      Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

      For the Dissertation you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of the course team and will meet with your supervisor regularly.

      Your overall workload typically consists of 15 contact hours each week. You will undertake 15 hours independent learning and assessment activity. For each 20-credit module, your study time is about 10 hours a week.

      The team consists of highly qualified academics. They have a range of expertise and experience.

      All our team members hold doctoral and teaching qualifications. They are research-active. They have experience in delivering research-informed teaching. You can find out more about the current teaching on our Meet the Team webpage. You should note members of the teaching team might change.

      Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules. However, experienced academics teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars.

      You will have access to the library at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London as well as the University library in Canterbury.

      On some topics you will learn from guest lectures led by industry specialists.

      Applicants without a degree in law or combined honours but having studied Law as a component part of their degree, will also be considered on a discretionary basis, taking into consideration any relevant work experience. Similarly, applicants with a Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE), Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), or a qualification as a Solicitor, Barrister or Legal Executive (CILEX) will be considered for this course. This is in addition to a personal statement outlining interest and areas of specialism being considered, as well as a complete CV. The University has a well-established Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) structure in operation.

      Applicants without previous qualifications may be accepted as part of this process. For applicants without qualifications (as described above) but with suitable relevant work experience or applicants not meeting our standard offer, the selection process will include the application sent to a standing panel of members of the Law Team to assess and communicate their decision to Admissions or interview the applicant. If you are unsure whether your qualifications are appropriate you can contact us directly on law@canterbury.ac.uk.

      Our LLM really helps prepare you for a career in International Law and Business. We will support you every step of the way as you press forward with your own personal goals and try to help you achiever your personal best.

      Dr Narissa RamsundarProgramme Director

      How you’ll be assessed

      The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or 'formative' assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

      There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

      Your future career

      This course will equip you with the necessary International Business Law knowledge and legal expertise and skills for international practice and academic research at the highest level, as well as for a wide range of other intellectually demanding roles such as; senior researchers or policy advisors for NGO’s, government agencies or private practitioners, commercial law practice, commercial business practice, NGO advisors, civil servants in the financial ministries and academics.


      Government loans of up to £11,570 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2021. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

      The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

      2022/23 tuition fees for this course

        UK Overseas
      Full-time £8,250 £14,500
      Part-time £4,125 N/A

      20% Alumni Discount

      We offer alumni discounts on CCCU Postgraduate Taught, PGCE Primary and Secondary, and Masters by Research courses for eligible students.

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      Important Information on Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2022/23 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

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