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In these interesting times where globalisation and disenfranchisement of established political, social and legal order are taking place across domestic, regional and global economic and trade sectors, conducting business internationally is becoming fraught with increasingly conflicting set of rules, agreements, regulations and practices. The constantly shifting landscape means that domestic businesses as well as those that operate transnationally needs administrators and managers who are able to understand, plan and implement strategies and practices that meets their specific needs.

To understand global interconnectedness of economies, markets and industries within which transnational corporations compete, an individual would require a high degree of knowledge and understanding of the municipal, regional and international customs, practices and laws. Such an individual would also require a certain set of communication skills to draft, present, negotiate, moot and write in a disciplined way.

LLM International Business programme therefore aims to provide such knowledge and understanding as well as the skills to non- law graduates especially those with business and management backgrounds as well as those with law degrees through an advanced study and assessment of laws within subject areas and issues that are rooted in the international business and management environment.

The programme is therefore designed to equip students to develop the understanding of concepts and theories, stimulate critical thinking and resolve legal disputes from a multidisciplinary perspective. The programme also offers students the opportunity to reflect on their own knowledge, experience and industry practice, particularly through peer interaction.

This programme will not be running for 2018/19.

Course Content

The programme comprises a number of compulsory and optional modules, which can be studied either on a one year full time or a two year part time basis. In total, students are required to successfully complete 180 credits to be awarded the degree of LLM International Business.

Compulsory modules (140 credits):

  • International Business Law (20 credits)
  • Transnational Commercial Law (20 credits)
  • Business and Crime (20 credits)
  • The Role of Business in Society (20 credits)
  • Legal Research Skills and Reasoning (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)

In addition to the five foundation of knowledge compulsory taught modules above and the dissertation, students will need to undertake two specialist option modules dependent on the chosen pathway, if any.

The programme consists of the following four pathways. Operation of certain pathways* and modules are subject to a minimum class size.

LLM International Business (Finance)*

LLM International Business (Information Technology and Intellectual Property)*

LLM International Business (Entrepreneurship)*

LLM International Business (Employment and Human Resource Management)*

Options/ Pathway modules (40 credits):

Finance Pathway*:

  • Legal Aspects of International Finance (20 credits)
  • Legal Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions (20 credits)

Information Technology and Intellectual Property Pathway*:

  • E-Commerce and Security (20 credits)
  • Legal Applications and Intellectual Property in Technology (20 credits)

Entrepreneurship Pathway*:

  • Entrepreneurship and Law (20 credits)
  • Creativity, Marketing and Enterprise (20 credits)

Employment and Human Resource Pathway*:

  •  Managing People in a Global Context (20 credits)
  • Employment Law and Practice (20 credits)

*The availability of these pathways is subject to a minimum class size. Please see our Terms & Conditions  for further information.


Visit the International Business - LLM page on the Cardiff Metropolitan University website for more details!

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