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    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    LLM: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time PgDip: 9 months full-time; 21 months part-time PgCert: 8 months part-time

  • Course Type

    PgDip, PgCert, LLM

  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    30 January 2018

Course content

Why this course?

The aim of the new LLM International Commercial Law is to introduce you 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. You'll also explore its interaction with other systems and fields of law. 

One of the key aims of this programme is to provide you with the knowledge base and intellectual and practical skills necessary to develop a career in the area of international commercial law. As a student on the LLM International Commercial Law you'll have the opportunity to pursue your own interests and have a large degree of flexibility to tailor your degree to your intended career path.

What you’ll study

This programme is available full-time and part-time, with three potential exit points. You can choose to study for a:

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

Core classes

  • The Law of the World Trade Organisation
  • International Business Law
  • Legal Research (compulsory for PgDip and LLM)

Elective classes

In addition to the core classes, you'll have the opportunity to pursue elective classes from other Masters programmes in Law. Choices may include:

  • Business & Human Rights
  • Labour Law in the Global Economy
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • E-Commerce
  • International Investment Law
  • International Banking Law
  • Financial Regulation & Compliance
  • Comparative Company Law & Regulation
  • Comparative Law of Obligations
  • Cybercrime
  • Competition Law of the UK and EU

Please note that the elective 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
  • Global Health Rights and Development
  • Climate Change & International Law

Students on the LLM degree also require to undertake a dissertation over the summer.

Field dissertation

A unique aspect of this degree is the opportunity for a select number of students to undertake a field dissertation overseas within a non-governmental organisation that has an international focus.

This opportunity is offered on a competitive basis. If successful, your placement will last for up to 12 weeks between July and September. Work completed for the placement will focus on a specific area of law and will form the subject of your dissertation.

Previous students have undertaken placements in a wide range countries including Sri Lanka, Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique, Cambodia, India and Kenya though our current focus is on providing placements in Ghana, Uganda and Zambia. Examples of projects which our students have previously undertaken include:

  • 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
  • a comparative analysis of shea production in Ghana and Uganda

The project/field work is organised and supported by Challenges Worldwide. Challenges Worldwide is an innovative, award-winning, social enterprise working in international development.

The University of Strathclyde provides comprehensive travel and health insurance for all participants in the field dissertation. We also pay for the costs of your placement. You're responsible for the costs of flights, visas, and accommodation and living expenses while overseas. Such costs have tended to be in the region of £1,500 to £2,500 per student.


Our library has a wide range of law reports, legislation, serials and monographs. It also has duplicate sets of key law report series, houses extensive collections in government publications and other related areas.

You'll have access to a wide range of electronic information sources which can be accessed from home, including all the major legal databases.

The Law School is also home to Scotland’s first Law Clinic. It provides a ‘real life’ learning experience for students and an invaluable service to members of the public who do not qualify for legal aid, and cannot otherwise afford legal advice. 

Student competitions

Students will be invited to take part in a selection process to participate in the Climate & Sustainability Project (CASP). This is open also to students on the LLM Global Environmental Law & International Law and the LLM International Law & Sustainable Development. CASP is an annual student-run project that explores a particular area of law and policy related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project culminates every year in an interactive workshop led by students and contributed to by a range of sustainable development experts.

Learning & teaching

Classes will be taught weekly by way of two to three hour face-to-face seminars. The seminar style of teaching adopted in delivering this LLM 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 very different from the traditional lecture style of undergraduate teaching but is necessary to allow students to build key employability skills such as time management, independent research and public speaking.


A variety of assessment methods and weightings are used on this Masters programme. The majority of your assessments will consist of exams and/or coursework.

If you wish to gain the award of a Masters Degree (LLM) you'll need to complete a dissertation. This is a 15,000 word independently research essay which you'll start work on upon successful completion of all taught classes on your degree. 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.

Visit the International Commercial Law LLM/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!




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