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The School of Law produces internationally recognised research, and is dedicated to educating highly effective trainee solicitors. Read more
The School of Law produces internationally recognised research, and is dedicated to educating highly effective trainee solicitors. Join an established professional legal network and continue your professional development with the experts.

•Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
•Validated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
•Long established employer network offers extensive networking and work-placement opportunities, including Solicitor Mentor Scheme
•Course emphasises the development of essential lawyers’ skills
•High levels of student support
•Pre-requisite to qualification as a solicitor allowing you to pursue a training contract with the legal profession


The Legal Practice Certificate programme produces highly skilled, commercially aware and effective Trainee Solicitors, who are prepared for the rigours and demands of a Training Contract.

We are fully committed to the provision of professional legal education and believe that our experience in this area allows us to understand the particular demands this course places on you. We also believe that we have effective systems in place to provide good support mechanisms.

Considerable emphasis is placed on practice and you will acquire a range of essential lawyers’ skills by carrying out realistic transaction-based tasks. Part of the programme will also involve taking part in role-plays, simulations, case studies and electronically recorded exercises and assessments.

The course does not follow the standard University calendar and runs from the beginning of September until June with only two weeks holiday at Christmas and two weeks at Easter/Spring Holiday.

The part-time course is offered in day release or evening modes. You will attend all day Tuesday in year 1 and all day Wednesday in year 2, or Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in both years.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Business Law and Practice (including taxation and business accounts)

Develops a sound understanding of Business Law and Practice, in terms of primary source materials, constitutional documents and other relevant agreements

Litigation (criminal & civil)

Equips you for work in a solicitors' practice in the fields of civil and criminal litigation, and identifies the critical steps in the process of litigation

Property Law and Practice

Prepares you for practice in property law in the context of domestic and commercial transactions and freehold and leasehold property

Combined Legal Skills and Probate

Provides opportunities for you to develop a thorough and critical understanding of the skills that underpin the practice of law at a professional level. This will be in a variety of legal contexts, including Wills and Administration of Estates (Probate)

Professional Conduct and Regulation (PCR)

Enables you to to identify and act in accordance with the core duties of professional conduct, professional ethics and the Solicitors' Accounts Rules

The following option modules are typically offered:

Advanced Criminal Litigation Law

Develops and enhances your existing knowledge of procedure and practice obtained during the Criminal Litigation course completed in Stage 1

Advanced Personal Injury Law

Provides the relevant knowledge, skills and procedure to deal with the main areas of personal injury practice including clinical negligence, disease, and fatal accident

Commercial Property Law

Prepares you for practice in understanding a commercial property transaction from site acquisition to letting and tenant default, by examining in detail the sequential series of steps in a commercial property transaction – excluding legal acquisition

Employment Law

Provides you with substantive knowledge and practical application in the foundation and operation of contracts of employment, employment protection rights, discrimination issues and commercial realities from both an employee's and employer's perspective


Family Law
Prepares you for practice in family work to enable you to acquire the relevant knowledge and skills relevant to this area

General Commercial Law

Develops a sound understanding of General Commercial Law and Practice, in the context of Mergers and Acquisitions, using primary source materials, sale and purchase-related documents and other relevant agreements/documents

Housing Law

Covers the rights, responsibilities and remedies of residential tenants and their landlords, duties of local authorities and claims for possession against residential borrowers by secured lenders

Private Client Law

Introduces you to a range of matters you may encounter within a Private Client department, including: developing skills of fact analysis; identification of legal issues and client goals; research; problem solving and advising; presentational skills; planning and drafting of wills


Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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Understanding today’s global economy requires insights from both economics and business studies. The specialisation International Economics & Business (IE&B) combines both fields of analysis, focusing on their relevance for firms that operate in an international environment. Read more
Understanding today’s global economy requires insights from both economics and business studies. The specialisation International Economics & Business (IE&B) combines both fields of analysis, focusing on their relevance for firms that operate in an international environment. What are the consequences of developments in financial markets for a firm’s risk management and finances? How does the success of a cross border merger or acquisition depend on differences in institutions and cultures between host and parent countries? By studying the latest articles and applying modern empirical methods, you will address these and other aspects in depth, guided by professors carrying out research in these fields.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/ieb

Why should you choose International Economics & Business in Nijmegen?

- A broad perspective on issues that are relevant for globally operating firms
- A focus on recent scientific insights and modern methods of applied research
- An excellent reputation in the Netherlands and abroad
- Small group teaching and close contact with professors and their research
- Good career prospects across the world

Change perspective

Because we combine the latest economic theories with the cultural aspect of doing international business, graduates will understand that doing business requires more than an understanding of economic principles. They will be able to give their future employees a new and fresh look on the process of globalisation and how their company can manoeuvre and position themselves in multiple countries.

Career prospects

One of the most important skills graduates of the Master’s specialisation in International Economics and Business will acquire is to report independently and thoroughly on various issues within the broad realm of international business. You will learn to include empirical and theoretical studies as well as the outcomes of your own independent research, not as a means to an end but in as far as it is relevant to the given advice. In other words, creating a policy paper of academic quality that is both understandable and practicable for businesses. And in order to remain a strong, self-sufficient professional you will learn how to continually maintain a critical attitude towards your own work and that of others in your field.
Our graduates have the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to work for large and medium sized international companies, consultancy firms, government and not-for-profit organisations, banks or within research or education. In particular, it will be multinational enterprises and consultancy firms that advise on international mergers and acquisitions, that will be very interested in your skills and know-how after completing the International Economics and Business Master’s specialisation.

Our approach to this field

The Master’s specialisation International Economics & Business looks at all aspects of both international financing as well as international entrepreneurship, of both the flow of capital as well as the flow of trade.

- International financing
Students will study the latest developments in financial markets, monetary policy, exchange and interest rates along with their consequences for the risk management and finances of firms. Should a firm seek its financial backing for an international expansion in the parent or host country? To answer this question you will not just need knowledge of exchange rates and such but also need to understand the economic system of the host country. The type of service/product a firm has to offer often determines the course of action. Can financial backing for a certain sector be gotten at banks or is it more likely to be gotten in the form of private equities?

- International entrepreneurship
As for international entrepreneurship, students will take an in-depth look at different options for expanding abroad: opening branches or factories, outsourcing, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. Students will deliberate the pros and cons of certain options. Is a joint venture desirable, or, as is the case in China, is it mandatory? What could hinder a merger? What activities could we outsource abroad without quality loss?

- Differences in institutions and culture
Students will come to understand that the success rate of cross border business is not just about economic principles but is also influenced by differences in institutions and culture of host and parent countries. Therefore, besides the firm's profitability, this Master’s specialisation also focuses on the differences in formal rules (institutions) and informal customs and forms of communication (culture). These aspects are relevant for almost all international organisational activities.

Important to note is that this Master’s specialisation is about the multinational firm and the economic, social and political environment it has to operate in. It is not about internal organisational processes, such as personnel management or account management. We focus on issues concerning global marketing and understanding the general international arena that these companies engage in. This knowledge enables students to determine if expansion to certain regions and economic systems is feasible or even desirable. Can we protect our intellectual property in country X? Is a joint venture our best option or is it our only option?

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/ieb

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This Programme aims to provide participants with a deep understanding of the main legal issues in international trade law, contract law and contract drafting. Read more
This Programme aims to provide participants with a deep understanding of the main legal issues in international trade law, contract law and contract drafting. The Programme also explores key legal issues in contract formation, pre-contractual agreements, letters of intent and e-commerce. A variety of special topics are also explained, such as technology-licence agreements, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property rights, trademarks and patents, state contracts, construction and engineering contracts, as well as related modes of payment and dispute resolution mechanisms.


The LL.M. is an intensive course of one full year duration starting November 2014 structured in three different parts as follows:

Part I DISTANT LEARNING

In this preparatory phase the students will pursue the following topics:
- introduction to trade economics, including evolution and features of the world's current trading system 
- introduction to contract law in major legal systems 
- international trade and other regulatory issues
-  preferential trade agreements and regional trade agreements

During this phase of distance learning, participants will have access to an on-line platform, through which they will be given
access to the material, while receiving advisory support from a dedicated tutor.

Part II FACE TO FACE LEARNING

Module I - Diversity and Institution

- Harmonisation of laws of Contracts and International Trade from the perspective of international and regional organizations (such as UNCITRAL, UNIDROIT, OECD, ICC, WTO etc.)
-  Introduction to legal commercial writing and terminology

Module II : International Contracts -

 - General Principles Governing the Law of International Contracts (in particular UNIDROIT Principles) and formation of contract
-  Vienna Convention on the International Sale of Goods
 - Applicable Law and jurisdiction (Council Regulation (EC) n. 44/2001/Rome Regulation)
- Export Transactions - Links between the Sale, Carriage and Banking Contracts
 - Corporate Governance -merger and acquisition from the pre-contractual documents to the purchase agreement; how to structure international Joint Venture, etc.)
 - Examples of International contracts (Agency and Distribution Agreements; Construction, Engineering and Supply Contracts; Public Procurement contracts; State and Oil Contracts)
 -Contracts Financing (leasing contracts/franchise contracts) and Project financing
- Intellectual Property Rights (Trade Marks and Patents; Technology Licence Agreements)
 - Antitrust law
- International Taxation Rules and aspects of Insolvency Law

Module III: Moot Court & Arbitration -

- International dispute resolution and jurisdiction
-  International commercial arbitration (recognition and enforcement)
- Alternative dispute resolutions, mediation 
- Moot court

PART III FINAL DISSERTATION

The third part consists of the submission of the final thesis/dissertation by the end of November 2013 (50 pages approx)
supervised by an advisor or by a Module coordinator.

Deadline for Application: 31 August 2015



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This degree is designed for graduates wishing to start, or further develop, careers in marketing. Read more
This degree is designed for graduates wishing to start, or further develop, careers in marketing. It explores the principles, theoretical concepts and practice of marketing within the context of business and management and will focus on developing academic and applied skills in Marketing including advertising, brand management and loyalty, customer service, public relations and market research.

For the Advanced Taught Programme students will choose four Applied Business Projects from a list which currently includes the following titles:

1. e-Business and Value Chain
2. Human Resource Management
3. International Business
4. Investment and Private Banking
5. Operations Management
6. Business Planning

Compulsory modules:

Marketing Strategy: This module critically evaluates the contributions of various schools of thought in marketing, and examines the relevant analytical models and management practices, with emphasis on the strategic importance of marketing to all organisations.

Management Research: This module analyses the philosophical basis for research in the management sciences, and examines a number of key methodological issues and approaches. Research designs for both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are developed, including interviews, case studies, focus groups, surveys and experiments.

International Marketing: The globalization of companies is the involvement of customers, producers, suppliers, retailers and other stakeholders in the global marketing process. International marketing reflects the trend of companies selling products and services across national boundaries. This module provides an overview of contemporary international marketing issues and trends as well as the international marketing planning process. On completion, students will be conversant with the theories, instruments, realities, debates and recent developments in the field, and be capable of researching, devising and applying solutions to key decisions regarding international market entry strategies and the development and management of global brands.

Consumer Behaviour in a Global & Digital World: This module will introduce students to the main theories which purport to explain consumer behaviour from the perspective of gaining an understanding of the consumer as an individual as well as how consumers are influenced by their cultural environment. Given that the internet has become an essential part of modern day life this module will provide students with an understanding of how consumer behaviour is impacted as a result of changes in the way goods and services are marketed and sold online. This module also examines the critical issues and trends whereby the internet has changed consumer behaviour spanning across traditional/geographic boundaries.

Finance for Managers: This module is designed for those who aim to achieve a basic understanding of financial management and control, and who require an understanding of finance in order to manage an organisation effectively. Financial planning and control are central themes, as well as the appraisal techniques of investment projects.

International Marketing Communication: This module examines the processes by which integrated marketing communications (IMC) programs are planned, developed and executed. Individual communication vehicles included in an Integrated Marketing Communication plan are explored.

Optional modules (choose 2):

Your optional modules must include AT LEAST ONE of the following:

International Strategic Management: This module analyses strategic decision-making within business. You will develop a critical understanding of the strategic processes of business management, the interconnections with the functional domains of marketing, human resource management and corporate finance, and the management of knowledge systems.

Organisations and People: This module examines key issues arising from contemporary research in organisational behaviour (OB) and human resource management (HRM). It provides an integrated analysis of management, organisations and people, developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.

Other optional modules include:

New Venture Creation: This module examines the processes whereby organisations and individuals develop and utilise their knowledge bases. Successful knowledge management hinges on people, culture and technology. As such it has professional and academic links with organisational behaviour and organisational learning.

Knowledge Management: This module examines the processes whereby organisations and individuals develop and utilise their knowledge bases. Successful knowledge management hinges on people, culture and technology. As such it has professional and academic links with organisational behaviour and organisational learning.

Contemporary Issues in Management: This module develops several theories and concepts in contemporary management theory and practice. It provides a detailed and critical analysis of management, further developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for managers in complex, global organisational contexts.

Marketing Financial Services: This module surveys the tools of modern financial services marketing, focussing on the key methods of financial services marketing in the acquisition of customers and sale and distribution of financial services. The module progresses considering consumer behaviour, the changing customer demands, consumer heuristics and biases and ways in which financial services marketing has succeeded and failed.

Public Sector Management: This module identifies the distinctive characteristics of the public sector in a competitive market-driven environment. Organisational forms in the public sector are reviewed, in the light of the changing culture of public services, competition, best value and public expectations.

Global Business and Culture: This module will enable students to develop a systematic understanding of the challenges of managing across national boundaries. Culture is assessed in the context of a range of contemporary classifications and discussed in a variety of conceptual, methodological and practical situations relating to the measurement and application of culture at various levels of analysis (national, industry, corporate, individual). On completion, students will be conversant with the theories, instruments, realities, debates and recent developments in the field, and be capable of researching, devising and applying solutions to key decisions involving culture as an input. Case studies are used to illustrate the complexities of cross-cultural negotiations, international expansion, and cross-border alliances/ mergers & acquisitions.

International Business: This module analyses the conditions in the international environment that drive trade between nations involving multinational enterprises (MNEs), small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the public sector.

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