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 provides a flexible route for students to focus on areas of their own interest and further explore commercial law in both the European and wider international contexts.

Our wide choice of elective modules enables students to tailor the programme to their specific needs, selecting the areas of commercial law in which they wish to specialise.

On completing the programme graduates will 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, 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)


  • You will gain knowledge and understanding to confidently tackle areas of controversy in the area of international commercial law
  • You will 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.
  • You will develop an expertise in the corpus and complexities of commercial, competition, trade law and financial regulations.
  • You will gain critical and analytical skills in this complex international field.
  • You will be able 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.
  • You will develop the professional skills required to develop a career in commercial law, law practice and the academia.

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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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Admissions and Course Enquiries
Web: Admissions Enquiries Information
Tel (before application): +44 (0)1895 265599 (Course Enquiries)
Tel (after application): +44 (0)1895 265265 (Admissions Office)
Contact Admissions or Course Enquiries Online

Course Director: Muhammed Korotana

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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).

Compulsory 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 Law I 1 or 2
  • Corporate Law II 1 or 2
  • Theory of International Finance Regulation 1 or 2
  • World Trade Organisation Law 1 or 2
  • Privacy and Data Protection 1 or 2
  • Principles of International Commercial Arbitration 1 or 2
  • Trade Marks and Allied Rights 1 or 2
  • Media Law and Regulation 1 or 2
  • Internet Law 1 - Substantive Legal Issue 1 or 2

Term II

  • International Trade Law 1 or 2
  • International Environmental Law 1 or 2
  • Corporate Governance and Corporate Socail Responsibility 1 or 2
  • World Trade Organisation (WTO) and Human Rights Law 1 or 2
  • Practice of International Financial Regulation 1 or 2
  • Internet Law II - Resolving internet-related Legal Issue or Disputes 1 or 2
  • Copyright, Design and Allie Rights 1 or 2
  • Managing Intellectual Property 1 or 2
  • Practice of International Commercial Arbitration 1 or 2

Term I and II

  • EU Intellectual Property Law 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 and what you will learn on the course.

Special Features

Flexible start times and learning options

The programme is available in full-time and part-time mode, with start dates in September and January. You will have greater flexibility with this programme because Brunel Law School offers smaller 15 credit modules, whihc enables you to choose from a range of options to tailor your studies.

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 which regularly hosts research seminars and workshops. The Law School is particularly proud of its diverse events programme, which students are encouraged to actively participate in to support their learning. 

Brunel Law School believes that an active research community is important in providing postgraduate with the latest thinking in human rights. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) we were ranked 14th in the UK for REF Intensity in Law.

Brunel Law School is highly rated for it published scholarship, and recognised 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 organised 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

We promote a personalised learning experience that considers your interests, needs and abilities. This course is delivered through a combination of lectures which introduce you to new subjects and provide an overview of subject matter, and seminars that allow these topics to be investigated in more detail. There will be 16 hours of teaching per 15 credit module, spread out over each of the teaching terms, and classes are taught in groups of approximately 30 students.


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.


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.

» More about Employability

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.

» More about Employability

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: Wednesday 30 September 2015