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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Law

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    LLM

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    24 January 2018

Course content

Commerce and trade exert some of the most powerful influences on human activity and commercial relationships reflect a constantly evolving world.

The study of Commercial Law provides an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in this important and fascinating area of law. Understanding the principles and challenges of commercial transactions and the regulatory regime for business is essential for anybody who pursues a career in the field. This pathway enables you to develop expertise in a range of commercial law subjects.

Course details

This pathway enables you to develop expertise in a wide range of commercial law subjects providing you with a strong basis for your future career. The LLM in Commercial Law is ideally suited to those students wishing to specialise in English commercial law. You will grasp the principles and foundations of the commercial law but also examine key current developments and areas of innovation. The School has a leading reputation for excellence in its research and teaching in this area and the modules available on the LLM in Commercial Law draw on these strengths.

Learning and teaching

Birmingham's LLM pathways have been designed to provide in-depth analysis of important legal topics. Modules are all 20 credits in value, comprising 10 two-hour seminars to enable students to develop significant expertise in each area of law.

Birmingham offers small-group teaching on the LLM, and students opting for popular modules with large groups of students will receive (where possible) additional teaching time: classes will be split into two separate seminar groups so as to provide an equal opportunity for class interaction compared to those in smaller modules. 

The LLM course last 12 months, running from September to September. All LLM pathways follow the same basic structure:

  • In part I of the course, you take six 20 credit modules: the range available depends on the pathway you decide to follow. Assessment in those modules, by essay or formal examination, is in May and June.
  • In part II of the course, you research and write a 15,000-word dissertation on a selected topic of law under the supervision of a member of staff. 

The LLM pathways enable you to develop expertise in a range of subjects. You will acquire a systematic understanding of these along with a critical appreciation of the problems that arise in these fields. You will be encouraged to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge together with a practical understanding of how established research techniques are used to create and interpret knowledge.

Law School induction

At the start of the course there is a comprehensive welcome and induction programme designed to help you settle in and gain an understanding of the Birmingham LLM. You will familiarise yourself with the various ways in which we can support you throughout the year to ensure that your LLM course is an exciting and rewarding experience.

Students can register for modules before arrival as well as at the start of the academic year. As part of the induction process you will get the opportunity to learn more about the various modules available and make choices that correspond to your interests. 

Studying part-time

All the LLM pathways may be taken part-time and completed over a period of two years. This mode of study is particularly suitable for barristers and solicitors who wish to combine professional practice with university-level study, gaining CPD points in the process.

Classes for part-time students on the LLM will be scheduled between 9am-6pm and students will typically have between 2-4 hours of teaching each week. Fees are the same as for full-time study but are split over two years. 

International students

For students from outside the UK, there will be an opportunity during induction to familiarise themselves with the English legal system, as it forms the basis for the modules on offer. The English for International Students Unit provides a range of support in reading and writing academic English.


Visit the Commercial Law - LLM page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

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