LLM/PgDip/PgCert International Commercial Law

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Key facts

  • Start date: September and January
  • Study mode and duration: LLM: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
    PgDip: 9 months full-time; 21 months part-time
    PgCert: 8 months full-time
  • Scholarships: EU Engagement Scholarships worth £10,000 available to applicants from EU countries

Study with us

  • explore how international commercial law deals with real-world challenges
  • 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
  • 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: Bangladesh, Britain, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Kuwait, Malawi, Mexico, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Thailand, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
  • formerly known as LLM International Economic Law

 

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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.

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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.

In addition to the core/compulsory 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
  • Negotiation

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.

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.

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

Antitrust Law

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.

Antitrust Law and the Digital Economy

Google, TikTok, Amazon… Digital services have become an integral part of our lifestyle. While the digital economy is here to stay, it also brought a plethora of issues to the field of competition law. This class introduces students to the fundamentals of digital business models and of competition law. We then discuss competition law cases concerning self-preferencing, disputes over data and digital content, privacy, the prevalence of ecosystems and new forms of economic power. In the last part, we explore the brand new ex-ante competition regulations that were shaped by the preceding case law: The EU Digital Markets Act and the UK Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill.

Dissertation

LLM students are required to complete a 60 credit project as the final element of their studies. Students can choose to complete a dissertation or alternatively undertake an enhanced research proposal. Students can also apply to undertake a professional project or professional internship. Please note that enrolment on the Professional Project and Professional Internship modules is by application and not guaranteed. 

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 you 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 60 credit dissertation or a project completed over the summer. Students can choose to complete a dissertation or undertake an enhanced research proposal. Alternatively, students can also apply to undertake a professional project or professional internship. Please note that enrolment on the Professional Project and Professional Internship modules is by application and not guaranteed. 

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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What our students think

Seyram Nutsukpui Strathclyde student

Seyram Nutsukpui

The people here are friendly and Glasgow is beautiful. It is a challenging course that has everyday life applications so you will definitely benefit from this experience.
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Maria Apostolidou

The diversity and richness of this programme initiated my interest in commencing my studies in this particular LLM. The modules offered are up-to-date with the legal challenges of today and offer a specialised insight to students.
Ayush Dimri Strathclyde student

Ayush Dimri

Strathclyde is one of the best universities. My course coordinator and faculty members are extremely cooperative and they respond very quickly to any queries you have. The campus is very beautiful and you will enjoy the learning environment in the university.
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Nour A Kh A A Alfoudari

I enjoyed studying at Strathclyde; lecturers were full of passion, which created a magnificent learning atmosphere. In various occasions, we were divided into groups where we had to work together as a team and studying among a diverse group of people is an excellent opportunity, thus, it was a chance to learn and grow as a person while learning so much from others.
International Commercial Law student Steven McLaughlin

Steven McLaughlin

In my second year, I took part in the Strathclyde internal mooting competition and advanced all the way to the semi-final. Due to our success, my partner and I were then asked to represent the university at an international negotiation competition in India. This was an amazing offer which neither of us could turn down.
Alexander Hewitt

Alexander Hewitt

The highlight of my time at Strathclyde must be meeting and working with the other students, most of whom were international and from many different countries and cultures worldwide.
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Mouad Bahassan

The lecturers' experience in teaching law and their ability to communicate information clearly without leaving any doubt is the most crucial feature of this university.
Tinotenda Jakazi, International Commercial Law student

Tinotenda Jakazi

I highly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in any area of international commercial law. I particularly enjoyed the overall teaching model, which put equal emphasis on foundational teaching from the academic staff and critical discussion and engagement from students.
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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-UK/Ireland) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde.

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

Please note: Previous Maths & English qualifications and your undergraduate degree must meet GTCS minimum entry requirements as well as the pre-Masters course and an interview will be conducted before an offer can be made.

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Fees & funding

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

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year (or studying standalone modules) should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

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Scotland, England, Wales & Northern Ireland

LLM:

  • Full-time: £10,800
  • Part-time*: £5,400

PgDip:

  • Full-time: £7,200
  • Part-time*: £3,600

*Please note, Year 2 fee will be subject to an increase

PgCert:

  • £3,600
International

LLM: £21,700

PgDip: £14,467

Available scholarships

British Council GREAT Scholarships 2024 for Justice and Law scholarships worth £10,000 open to applications from students from Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya or Pakistan.

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Additional costs

No additional costs for law modules and all compulsory material is in the library.

Visa & immigration

International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.

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 postgraduate students

Scottish 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.

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Scholarships

  • EU Engagement Scholarships are available to EU applicants who would have previously been eligible for Home (Scottish/EU) fee status.
  • EU and International 50% Merit Scholarships available to self-funded, international fee-paying offer-holders (includes those classed as EU fee group). The scholarship entitles the recipient to a discount of 50% on tuition fees.
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International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 140 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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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 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
  • WTO professional
  • Enhanced Integrated Framework
  • Senior Trade Negotiator
  • Gender and Development Expert, International Trade Centre
  • Tax Consultant
  • Lawyer, Client Earth
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