On this course you will develop the legal expertise and intellectual understanding to establish yourself in an international practice, academic institution or in a range of other high level roles.
Your main focus will be on understanding the complex relationships between business environments and the legal regulatory frameworks in which they operate.
Intermediate qualifications available:
• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level
There are six entry points through the year. This allows you to start when it is most suitable. The entry points are:
• September • November • January • March • June • July
Why choose this course?
• Study legal and regulatory problems through collaborative activities, and investigate the critical application of legal theory to international business • Explore the inter-relationship between law and business, and take the opportunity to consider and resolve legal and regulatory problems through collaborative activities • Develop the legal reasoning, analysis, research and independent judgement skills that will enable you to apply theories to a range of business scenarios and provide an effective evaluation of the legal options that apply to the business context • Gain an understanding of aspects of legal research such as socio-legal studies, the inter-relationship between organisations and stakeholder groups as well as the ethical dimensions that are considered in developing and operating business entities • Benefit from an appreciation of different jurisdictions and their impact on the global business environment.
On this course you will undertake four 30 credit units and one 60 credit project unit.
Your course takes place over three semesters. Depending upon when you join the course, this will determine the order of units which you will study. You will benefit by beginning your studies with others who started at one of the earlier points of entry.
• Induction Week • Unit 1 (30 credits) • Unit 2 (30 credits) • Unit 3 (30 credits) • Unit 4 (30 credits) • Business/Law project (BLP) 60 credits
The induction week will prepare you well for study on your course. You will then study only one unit at a time, which will enable you to focus upon the subject. Our evidence-based approach is designed to enhance engagement and success by applied practice, working with others and network development. The learning delivery takes place through a mix of interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials and lab sessions, along with guided learning, independent and autonomous learning. This emphasis on active learning uses the latest in teaching and learning approaches, integrated with our employability practice-based method with real businesses to enable you to gain real experience as part of your course.
Modules (unit order depends on your start date):
• Investment Treaty Arbitration • International Corporate Governance and Company Law • Intellectual Property Law • International Commercial Litigation
This Master's course provides the opportunity to undertake different types of project, a "Capstone" experience which completes the integration of your studies applied in one of the following:
• Professional Practice - the central aim of this unit is to provide you with a thorough understanding of the commercial context in which organisations operate. By reflecting upon your existing knowledge and experience you will be required to respond to a number of work-based scenarios through critical evaluation to determine an appropriate course of action.
• The Live Project - this will enable you to work as part of a team on a project provided by a business organisation. The exact nature of the level of work, and nature of responsibility will depend upon the chosen organisation. However, there will be close negotiation between the company and the Business School.
• The dissertation - this is a conventional dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words, enabling you to undertake in-depth research of a topic relating to your course. It will consist of research question, aims and objectives, rationale for undertaking the study, literature review, research methodology, analysis of findings, conclusions and recommendations.
In line with the Business School’s commitment to practice-based education, a large part of the assessment will relate to the demonstration of your ability to understand International Business Law in practice.
It is the expectation of the course that you understand the theory and develop critical thinking skills, which will help you to evaluate the relevance of what you have learnt. All of this comes together by being able to demonstrate rigorous expertise for a business or related organisation.
By completing the course you will have the skills and find career opportunities in the following industries/areas:
• Solicitor in England and Wales • Barrister at Law in England and Wales • Paralegal • International Finance Institutions and Organisations • Non-governmental Organisations • Finance/Banking • Business • Management consultant • Corporate financier • Academia • Consultancy • Legal Executive • Government Legal Adviser • Civil Service (national and international) • Legal Practice Course/Bar Vocational Course
You will also be well prepared for further research study in either the MPhil, or PhD.