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International Business Law (LLM)

Course Description

Gain a critical understanding of international law as it relates to commercial activities in a global economy. This course allows you to examine complementary law and business issues which affect international business practice. We will provide you with legal expertise informed by commercial awareness which is essential in the current global business environment.

The inclusion of European law topics with international law allows you to examine how law influences the development of supranational markets built up from a number of independent states. The European Union modules provide a basis for exploring the legal regulation of freetrade throughout the world.

There is also a dissertation, which gives you the opportunity to pursue a research interest, increasing your specialisation in your chosen career.

January entrants please note: in order to complete 12 months of academic study delivered in University term time, the total length of your programme will be 18 months to include recognised University vacation periods.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/internationalbusinesslaw

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


Many companies recognise the LLM as advanced training and prefer candidates with this qualification. Completing this course at our Leeds Law School will allow you to raise your employability prospects in
a competitive legal world, and could lead to a job such as a lawyer, business manager or policy maker.

- Global Reward Manager
- International Trade Adviser
- In-house Legal Adviser
- Legal Executive

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

This course responds to the need for lawyers, business managers, policy makers and other professionals functioning in commercial fields by giving them a sophisticated understanding of the legal issues affecting the governance and practice of international trade.

The advantage of this course is that it does not approach the topic of law in isolation, but seek to provide a business and commercial context to assist the understanding and evaluation of the way the law functions. There is an induction programme in legal skills and methods at the start of the course, which can make this course of interest to non-law graduates as well as those who already hold degrees in law.

Core Modules

EU Antitrust Law
Antitrust law is one of the core commercial law topics affecting transnational business conduct and decision making. Examine the legal controls on anti-competitive agreements and abuse of market dominance by undertakings in the EU.

Law of the EU's Internal Market
Explore the nature and purpose of the European Internal market and the regulation of governance of the Internal Market.

Private International Trade & Law
Learn about international sale transaction through comprehensive and informed analysis of legislation, case law, policy documents, international conventions and rules adopted by various international organisations.

Public International Trade Law
Explore the variety of ways in which the law has been used to facilitate international trade. You'll learn to analyse and apply legal and non-legal rules in the operation of international trade law

Dissertation (Law)
You will carry out an in-depth research project in a subject area that is appropriate to the course and of particular interest to you

Option Modules

Contemporary Marketing
Examine both traditional and digital-based marketing concepts and activities, and develop an integrated approach fit for the 21st century.

Intellectual Property Law
Gain an understanding of the economic significance of the regulation of companies and appropriate policy considerations in the context of globalised commercial activity in an international environment.

International Anti-Money Laundering & Corruption
Gain an understanding of the effect of 'globalisation' and the impact political and economic security has on international financial crime and corruption, and the concurrent rise in Global terrorism and transnational criminal organisations.

Internet Law
Examine legal issues surrounding the internet, including the nature and operation of online intermediaries, the trans-jurisdictional challenge, enforceability of civil and criminal norms online and the use, modification and development of traditional legal doctrine in relation to the cyberspace environment.

Management, People & Organisations
Develop functional knowledge and a critical understanding of key perspectives on human behaviour within an organisation and on the nature and processes of organising and managing human activity

Corporations & International Business Law
Understand the economic significance of regulation and policy considerations for companies in a global context. You will examine theories and principles in order to gain insight into corporate governance and corporate governance systems. You will also explore European contributions to reforming English company law in a comparative perspective.

Strategic Management of International Enterprises
Address the strategic and management issues that global companies confront when they operate across borders.


- Portland
Our Leeds Law School is located in our Portland building, close to the city’s legal quarter. Our students can hone their legal expertise in purpose-built facilities, including our very own courtroom.

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- The Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the International Business Law (LLM) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Catherine McTeigue

After studying my first degree in languages I felt there was something missing from my career. My masters helped me gain the business acumen I needed to land my dream job. I now travel around the globe, tasting fine wines and meeting people from all cultures.”

Catherine McTeigue
Wine Buyer, Bottle Green Limited


Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS) - 20+ Awards

To be eligible for a Scholarship from our University you must:•Be progressing from an Undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee applying since 2012-13 (i.e. your Undergraduate course began on or after 1 September 2012).
•Be undertaking a Masters course (students on Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diplomas, MA/MSc ‘top-up’ courses, Integrated Masters or any other type of Postgraduate or Professional course will not be eligible).
•Meet the entry requirements of the course you are applying to study.
•Be undertaking a course that is fundable by HEFCE (for example, NHS and NTCL funded courses are not fundable by HEFCE, so students to those courses will not be eligible).
•Be studying full-time or part-time for a maximum of two years (applicants to courses where the duration exceeds 24 months will not be eligible).
•Be domiciled in the UK or European Union (EU).
•Be paying your fees through personal or family resources. If you have your fees paid or part paid through a sponsorship arrangement you would not be eligible for a Scholarship.
•Be able to attend the course applied for in 2015-16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Leeds Beckett University is offering 105 scholarships, each worth £10,000, to UK and EU students who will be starting Postgraduate taught Masters courses in September 2015. The Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme is part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) initiative, aimed at widening access to Masters courses by removing barriers to Postgraduate education for students from under-represented groups. Included in this scheme are 15 scholarships to support Women in Science.

Application Procedure

You must make an application for a Scholarship alongside your application for the Masters course. Your application will be considered against the eligibility criteria stated at http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/pss/.All applications for a Scholarship must be received by the University by 31 May 2015.You must complete the PSS application form and supply the relevant supporting evidence by 31 May 2015. Failure to submit by the deadline and/or provide the necessary supporting evidence will mean that the application will not be considered.
To apply for this scholarship, please complete the online form at: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/pages/postgraduate-support-scheme-apply/

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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