LLM/PgDip/PgCert International Commercial Law

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Study mode and duration: LLM: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
    LLM with field dissertation: 15 months full-time; 30 months part-time
    PgDip: 9 months full-time; 21 months part-time
    PgCert: 8 months full-time
  • Placement: opportunity to apply for the field dissertation

Study with us

  • explore how international commercial law deals with real-world challenges
  • opportunity to undertake a research placement with an international focus - available on a competitive basis
  • introduction to the legal and normative concepts underpinning international commercial law as well as the challenges this area of law will face in the coming years
  • formerly known as LLM International Economic Law
  • possibility to specialise in Financial Law and graduate with an LLM in International Commercial Law with a specialisation in Financial Regulation
  • our graduates from this programme come from all around the world including; Thailand, Mexico, China, Nigeria, Russia, Spain, Oman, Germany, India, Vietnam, France, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Colombia, Malawi, Portugal and Bangladesh

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Why this course?

This course was formerly known as LLM International Economic Law and launched in 2009. A key aim of the programme is to provide the knowledge base and intellectual and practical skills necessary to develop a career in the area of international commercial law.

You'll have the opportunity to pursue your own interests along with the flexibility to tailor your degree according to your career path. You'll also have the opportunity to attend seminars, guest lectures and other events relevant to your study throughout your LLM studies.

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What you’ll study

This programme is available full-time and part-time, with three potential exit points. Assuming satisfactory performance, it's possible to change between these exit points:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)
  • Masters degree (LLM)

You'll undertake a combination of core/compulsory and optional classes. In addition, those continuing to the LLM stage, undertake a dissertation over the summer.

A unique aspect of this course is the ability for students to specialise in Financial Law. Depending upon which electives you select, you can choose to graduate with an LLM in International Commercial Law with a specialisation in Financial Regulation. Electives are chosen when you arrive on campus and you'll receive advice and guidance from course staff in making this choice.

Field dissertation

An innovative feature of this programme is the opportunity for a select number of students to undertake a dissertation in the form of a ‘field dissertation’ within a relevant non-governmental organisation. 

Work completed during the placement will focus on a specific area of law relevant to, or actually form the subject of, your dissertation. Placements typically last for 6-12 weeks. 

A limited number of field dissertations are supported each year. Placements are organised by students and the Law School oversees supervision arrangements.

It's open to students to organise placements in the UK, including in Glasgow. 

International placements

Students may also organise international placements. For such placements, we'll arrange pre-departure training and the University provides comprehensive travel and health insurance. Students are responsible for the costs of flights, visas, and accommodation and living expenses while overseas. Such costs have been in the region of £1,500 to £2,500 per student. LLM students have previously undertaken a range of placements in areas including;

  • assessing the extent to which Indian environmental and energy laws promote the development of micro-renewables
  • an analysis of whether Tanzanian land law discriminates against women and what reforms would be needed to address the discrimination
  • an exploration of the low take-up of Clean Development Mechanism [CDM] in Sub-Saharan Africa and how the situation could be improved
  • an assessment of environmental justice in Nigeria and South Africa
  • market access barriers in respect of honey produced in Mozambique

Strathclyde Law School

The Law School at Strathclyde is renowned for its academic research in commercial law. Our experts working in the broad area of commercial law include:

Core staff are actively involved in a number of research centres at Strathclyde, including:

The LLM International Commercial Law also benefits from contributions from a number of visiting staff, including Dr Lorenzo Cotula who specialises in international investment law and Dmitry Grozoubinski, a former trade negotiator who offers expertise in trade policy and skills based training for students.

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Course content

The Law of the World Trade Organisation

This class will provide you with advanced instruction in the law of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

You'll explore the core rules of non-discrimination and most-favoured nation treatment which underpin many of the legal agreements comprising the WTO. You’ll also look in detail at the operation of the WTO dispute settlement system.

The analysis will then move on to more specialised WTO agreements such the Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement, the Antidumping Agreement and the WTO Agreement on Agriculture. You'll also look at how the WTO disciplines the grant of governmental subsidies to domestic industries.

International Business Law

This class will introduce students to the concepts underpinning the regulation of businesses. It will explain the different types of business entities and introduce students to company and corporate law concepts.

Legal Research

This class is compulsory for LLM/PgDip students. It's offered by online distance learning across both semesters.

The aim of the module is to help you enhance your research abilities and skills with a view to improving your performance in course. 

In addition to the core/ompulsory modules, you'll have the opportunity to choose from optional classes, which will enable you them to pursue your personal interests and tailor their degree. Please note that optional classes on offer may change from year to year.

You could also consider taking one of the following classes, if it's relevant to your future career path:

  • International Environmental Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • European Human Rights Law
  • Climate Change & International Law
Business & Human Rights

This class will examine the relationship between business and human rights and will include an introduction to:

  • the international human rights framework
  • the role of business entities as global actors
  • the identification of the legal challenges that business presents for the international legal system
Intellectual Property Law

This class aims to give students a broad introduction to intellectual property law in the UK, the EU and internationally. The class will look at patents and trade secrets, trademarks, copyright law, and software and databases.

E-Commerce

This class focuses on legal developments in electronic contracting, from current legal problems with contract formation and e-signatures, to consumer protection, e-commerce regulation and jurisdiction, and applicable law for online contracts.

International Investment Law

This class will introduce students to the concepts, sources and principle of international investment law. It will also consider the balance between the rights and duties of investors, residents and the host states as well as dispute resolution in international investment.

Financial Crime and Sanctions

This class seeks to examine a variety of difficulties and subject matters in the area of financial crime, such as money laundering, insider trading, and fraud.

International Banking Law

This course will examine the law and practice of international banking. It will introduce students to general banking law concepts and principles, such as:

  • the banker-customer relationship, confidentiality and money laundering
  • the structure of loans, asset finance, and secured financing
  • bond issues
  • derivatives
  • securitisations
Financial Regulation & Compliance

This course will examine select topics in capital markets regulation and economic theories underpinning them, including:

  • the law and economics of disclosure
  • regulation of market abuse (insider dealing and market manipulation)
  • the function and regulation of the market for corporate control
Competition Law of the UK & EU

This class will focus on developing an understanding of the rationale for EU competition law and policy, the substantive rules and the processes of enforcement.

Arbitration Law

This class will provide students with a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of important aspects of domestic and international arbitrations, particularly in the context of the construction industry.

International Migration Law - The class will provide students with an opportunity to engage with core aspects of international migration law. It will equip students with the necessary tools to evaluate critically legal responses to the global human phenomenon that is international migration.

Cybercrime (conducted fully online)

Cybercrime is a highly topical area within the broad theme of internet law and policy. The Cybercrime module is intended to enable students to learn about the laws and legal framework that address transnational cybercrime with a specific focus on internet content crimes such as illegal pornography as well as online contact offences. By studying the module, students should be able to develop a detailed understanding and knowledge of the relevant areas of cybercrimes and analyse the various social, legal, criminological and policy aspects and responses to cybercrime. The class will also examine the wider human rights implications of existing regulation and consider the various socio-legal discourses in this area.

Learning & teaching

Classes will be taught weekly by way of two to three-hour face-to-face seminars. This seminar style of teaching requires you to undertake reading in advance of attendance at class with each session allowing you to discuss your readings and develop your thinking and ideas in discussion with the class leader.

A seminar is different from the traditional lecture style of undergraduate teaching. It enables students to build key employability skills such as time management, independent research and public speaking.

Assessment

The majority of your assessments will consist of exams and/or coursework.

In order to gain the award of a Masters degree (LLM) you'll need to complete a 15,000-word dissertation. You'll start work on this independently researched essay on successful completion of the required taught classes. The dissertation is submitted over the summer or, in the case of students who embark on the field dissertation, three months after the completion of their field research.

Facilities

You'll benefit from the wide range of law reports, legislation, serials and monographs available in our library. In addition, there are duplicate sets of key law report series and extensive collections in government publications and other related areas.

The range of electronic information sources, which can be accessed from anywhere, includes all the major legal databases.

 

 

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

First - or second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in a related discipline. Other qualifications may be accepted where the applicant has relevant work experience. Please note a law degree is not required for entry to this programme.

Please note: a Law degree is not a prerequisite for entry to this course.

English language requirements

Please check our English requirements before making your application.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Fees & funding

2020/21

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland

£8,850

Rest of UK

£8,850

International

£17,150

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Please note: The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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International students

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Strathclyde Alumni

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Alumni Discount

Alumni from undergraduate programmes who graduated between 2014-2019 can receive 10% off the fee for full-time programmes.

Find out more about our alumni discount
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Profound and ongoing changes in the global economy make this a really exciting time to study international commercial law. Whether you are interested in the impact of Brexit or on how Trump's ongoing 'trade war' with China will play out in practice, this course will give you the opportunity to gain advanced knowledge and understanding of the legal implications of world economic affairs.
Stephanie Switzer
Postgraduate Courses Leader
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Careers

We work closely our award-winning Careers Service to provide information about relevant training, internship and job opportunities. Please note that while this degree develops strong employability skills, it does not qualify graduates to enter the legal profession.

Positions which graduates of similar postgraduate programmes offered by the Law School have gone on to take include:            

  • Company Director
  • HR Consultant
  • Trainee, Legal Services, Council of the European Union
  • Researcher, World Trade Organisation (WTO)
  • Trainee Chartered Accountant
  • Legal Advisor, Law Centre
  • Executive Assistant
  • Intern, European Patent Office, UNCITRAL, WTO
  • PhD Researcher
  • University Lecturer
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International Commercial Law

Qualification: LLM
Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Attendance: full-time

International Commercial Law

Qualification: PG Diploma
Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Attendance: full-time

International Commercial Law

Qualification: PG Diploma
Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Attendance: part-time

International Commercial Law

Qualification: LLM
Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Attendance: part-time

International Commercial Law

Qualification: PG Certificate
Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Attendance: part-time

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