International Commercial Law LLM

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Special Features
  • Teaching & Assessment
  • Employability
  • Fees
  • Entry Criteria

About the Course

The course is designed for graduates seeking to gain a solid foundation into the growing discipline of International Commercial Law. The LLM in International Commercial Law is designed to provide a flexible route for students to be able to focus on areas of their own interest and further explore commercial law in both the European and wider International contexts.

The programme provides the opportunity for students to tailor the programme to their needs and select the areas of commercial law in which they wish to specialise by offering a large number of elective modules from which the students can choose. Students on completing the programme are expected to be able to critically analyse legal concepts as well as practical scenarios. Such knowledge is increasingly sought by law firms, businesses and government bodies all over the world in response to the expansion of international trade and commerce and international regulation, resulting from economic, political and technological change.

The programme is available full-time:

  • September (12 months)
  • January (15 months, due to dissertation submission requirements)

And also part-time:

  • September (24 months)
  • January (27 months, due to dissertation submission requirements)

"I chose Brunel Law School because I found the Commercial Law LLM offered an ideal course with its flexible modules. My next step is to apply for LPC / training contract to become a commercial solicitor. The tutors are motivating, very approachable and they will go that extra mile to support you in reaching your goals. My vision of Law has become far broader and I would highly recommend this experience to future students" — Kamila Jabarkhail


This research led programme is designed for law graduates who wish to develop specialist knowledge of aspects of the increasingly important field of international commercial law.

LLM Law in International Commercial Law is designed for students seeking to gain a solid foundation in this growing discipline with an aim to become practitioners or to continue with further studies and research.

This programme provides students with the knowledge and understanding to confidently tackle areas of controversy in these areas of law, to be able to assess critically situations and challenges, appreciate the importance of the international boundaries, and the influence of culture on the processes of law. The programme is designed to give as much flexibility as possible, in order to provide students to tailor their learning to their interests.

  • To enable graduates to develop an expertise in the corpus and complexities of commercial, competition, trade law and financial regulations
  • To equip graduates with critical and analytical skills in this complex international field
  • To enable graduates to demonstrate through original research the application of knowledge, practical understanding and critical appreciation that can contribute to the discourse on both corporate law and the financial regulations in place
To provide graduates with the professional skills required to develop a career in commercial law, law practice and the academia.


Admissions and Course Enquiries
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Tel (before application): +44 (0)1895 265599 (Course Enquiries)
Tel (after application): +44 (0)1895 265265 (Admissions Office)
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Course Director: Dr Mihail Danov

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Course Content

The LLM International Commercial Law is normally awarded to students who successfully complete taught modules of 120 credits and a dissertation weighted at 60 credits (180 credits in total).

Core Module

  • Dissertation

Elective Taught Modules

Note: modules are subject to withdrawal at the School's discretion.

Term I

  • EU Competition Law 1 or 2
  • Corporate Insolvency Law 1 or 2
  • Corporate Law I 1 or 2
  • Corporate Law II 1 or 2
  • International Patents Practice and Management 1 or 2
  • International Trade Law 1 or 2
  • Internet Law I -Substantive Legal Issues 1 or 2
  • Media Law and Regulation 1 or 2
  • Principles of International Commercial Arbitration 1 or 2
  • Principles of Tax Law 1 or 2
  • Privacy and Data Protection 1 or 2
  • Theory of International Financial Regulation 1 or 2
  • World Trade Organisation (WTO) Law 1 or 2

Term II

  • International Environmental Law 1 or 2
  • International Commercial Litigation 1 or 2
  • Islamic Financial Laws and Islamic Banking Regulations 1 or 2
  • UK Copyright and Trade Marks 1 or 2
  • Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility 1 or 2
  • EU and International Intellectual Property Law 1 or 2
  • Internet Law II - Resolving Internet-related Legal Issues and Disputes 1 or 2
  • International Investment Law 1 or 2
  • International Labour Law I 1 or 2
  • International Labour Law II 1 or 2
  • International Trade Mark Practice and Management 1 or 2
  • Practice of International Financial Regulation 1 or 2
  • Practice of International Commercial Arbitration 1 or 2
  • Taxation of Business Enterprises 1 or 2
  • World Trade Organisation (WTO) and Human Rights 1 or 2

*The superscript 1 or  2 indicates which year of study each module will normally take place in for part-time students

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel.

Special Features

Flexible start times and learning options

Programme is available in full-time and part-time mode, with start dates in September and January. Students gain greater flexibility with this programme because Brunel Law School offer smaller 15 credit modules, which provides it students a range of options to both tailor study and provide additional flexibility in study arrangements.

Research and Research Centres

The Law School benefits from active research centres, particularly relevant to this course is the Intellectual Property, Internet & Media Research Centre and the Company and Commercial Law Research Group both regularly host research seminars and workshops. The Law School is particularly proud of its diverse events programme which supports the learning of our students and LLM students will be expected to actively participate. 

Brunel Law School believes that an active research community is important in providing postgraduate with the latest thinking in human rights, and it is important to us that all staff are included in our Research Assessment’s (RAE). In the last RAE in 2008, 50% of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent, and in 1996 RAE we were rated 4A, and in the 2001 RAE 5A. Law at Brunel University is a well-established law school, highly rated for its published scholarship, and well known amongst law firms for its distinctive courses. The school has considerable expertise in various aspects of commercial law.

Extra-curricular activities

The Law School offers students numerous opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities, including a Reading Group, a Law Film society, mooting and debating societies and research workshops organized by the research centres based at the School. LLM students are expected to play a leading role organising and participating in these activities.

Research skills

The Law School offers an elaborate scheme of research and writing skills sessions designed to facilitate students’ learning and to equip them with appropriate transferable skills. Some of the modules in this programme also integrate skills training, for example on how to answer essay questions, make use of electronic legal databases and cite legal authorities.

Teaching and Learning

The classes are taught to groups of not significantly more than 30 students. Tutors use a variety of teaching methods to deliver their modules. Lectures provide a structure for the module and give an overview of the subject matter. They will introduce students to new topics relevant to their modules.

Some classes will take the form of a lecture, others will be taught seminar style; others may use a mixture of teaching methods (eg lecture, research, case law and problem methods), in order to promote a personalised learning that considers the individual student’s interests, needs and abilities. We believe that it is part of student experience to be exposed to different teaching styles.

There will be 16 hours of teaching per 15 credit module, spread out over one of the teaching terms.


The faculty places great emphasis on the creation of a unique learning experience. In addition to attending seminars and preparing coursework and exams, students will also learn by participating in research centre activities and research trips, contributing to newsletters, making oral presentations, attending law film screenings as well as participating in debating events and reading group sessions.

Assessment methods in this programme range from coursework, seen examinations and a dissertation (15,000 words) to oral presentations and assessment by contribution in seminars.


Brunel has always placed great emphasis on developing graduates who can innovate and implement, and who can add value to society through their industry. Brunel students become the kind of graduates who employers want to recruit, and as a result they currently enjoy some of the highest starting salaries in the UK. This success is down to a several factors:

  • Combining academic study with work experience
  • Creative and forward-looking subjects
  • An award-winning careers service
  • Working while they study
  • The entrepreneurial spirit


The expertise our students gain on our LLMs makes them desirable candidates in a number of law-related fields. While many of our students specialise to enhance their legal practice work, others are sought after by government agencies, the private commercial sector (such as in-house lawyers) and non-governmental organisations where a background in commercial law is valued. As a research-led school, we attract a robust number of candidates seeking to continue in further studies to pursue an academic career in the UK or abroad. 

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Fees for 2015/6 entry

UK/EU students: £9,000 full-time; £4,500 part-time

International students: £14,750 full-time; £7,375 part-time

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

Entry Requirements 2015/6

A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in Law.

Other related disciplines and qualifications will be considered and in such cases assessed on an individual basis by the Postgraduate Director and an interview may be required.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.

Page last updated: Thursday 04 June 2015