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Course Description

The LLM programme has been designed to equip you with the in depth knowledge and relevant skills that will enhance your professional career in a range of legal environments. Responding to student and employer demand, we have restructured our top-rated Masters in International Commercial Law course to incorporate maximum flexibility both in the topics you cover and in the way and pace you learn. The LLM International Commercial Law course has been rated among the Top 200 Best Masters in the Business and Commercial Law Global Ranking; and in the Top 50 in Western Europe (Eduniversal Best Masters Rankings 2013/14).

We have added further pathways allowing you to specialise in such sought-after areas of expertise as Energy Law, Dispute Resolution, or Commercial Law, or to spread your studies across a wider selection of the modules we offer at Masters level. There is a strong international flavour to the subjects offered. You are now able to combine on campus classes with online ones to suit your circumstances.

Alternatively, individual modules are available for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/professional

What you will study

A candidate for the LLM Master of Laws must complete 180 credit points, comprising of our list of LLM modules (see link below), and including a dissertation. The choice of modules for any one candidate may be limited by module availability in any particular year, by timetabling factors, by prerequisites that a module may have, by the limit on online modules that may be taken by international students for visa purposes, and for any other reason approved by the Head of Law. A candidate who does not hold an LLB degree or equivalent may be required to include the Legal Framework module (subject to validation) within the modules chosen.

Master of Laws: LLM Specialisms
Candidates may be awarded a specialist LLM if, in addition to fulfilling the requirements and conditions of the LLM, they obtain the appropriate ratio of credit points in the specialist area. In order to obtain an LLM ‘with’ a specialism, at least 25% of the modules studied must be from the chosen specialist list of modules; in order to an LLM ‘and’ a specialism, at least 40% of the modules studied must be from the chosen specialist list, as follows:

LLM with Energy Law/LLM Law and Energy Law
No more than 5 modules may be selected from this list. Students seeking to take further options in this specialism are advised to enrol on the LLM/MSc Oil and Gas Law course.

-Oil And Gas Law
-Oil & Gas Taxation: Fiscal Law and Policy
-Environmental Aspects Of Oil And Gas Law
-Energy Law And Policy
-Renewable Energy Issues
-Dispute Resolution in Oil and Gas Contracting
-Oil And Gas Contract Law
-Renewable Energy Issues
-Dispute Resolution in Oil and Gas Contracting
-Oil And Gas Contract Law

LLM with Dispute Resolution/LLM Law and Dispute Resolution
-Theory And Principles Of Conflict Resolution
-Mediation In Practice
-Dispute Resolution in Oil and Gas Contracting
-Construction Adjudication Law (Distance Learning)
-Mediation in Context
-Advanced Mediation Practice


-International Commercial Dispute Resolution
-Arbitration Law (Distance Learning)

LLM International Law/LLM Law and International Law
This award cannot be obtained through fully online study

-International Business Law
-Public International Law
-European Union Trade Law
-Doing Business Overseas
-International Construction Contracts (Distance Learning)
-Maritime Law
-Intellectual Property Law
-Comparative Company Law

LLM with International Commercial Law/LLM Law and International Commercial Law
-International Business Law
-Intellectual Property Law
-Employment Contracts & Rights (Distance Learning)
-Construction Law (Distance Learning)
-Advanced Construction Law (Distance Learning)
-International Corporate Governance
-European Union Trade Law
-Doing Business Overseas
-Legal Aspects Of Mergers & Acquisitions


-International Commercial Dispute Resolution
-Arbitration Law Module (Distance Learning)

How you will learn

You are able to choose whether to take only modules that are taught on campus in face to face classes or to add to the mix by taking online modules. In either case you are supported by the Moodle learning platform, and you will be taught and supported by a teaching team which contains a balance of experienced industry professionals and high quality academic staff - who will help create a challenging interactive environment for your study.

The programme is designed to maximise flexibility in the timing as well as the content of your studies: you can join the course in September or January; you can study full-time or part-time.

How you will apply

If you have any questions about this course or would like to register your interest please email


Whatever you choose, our classes prepare you for a future where your knowledge and skills will truly make a difference. If you are a recent graduate, this course will assist you in securing your first role within a law or business environment, or prepare you for further academic study. In an increasingly competitive jobs market, practitioners equipped with both understanding of commercially relevant aspects of law and strong professional skills are highly sought after. The programme also provides the opportunity for lawyers in mid-career to acquire increasingly expected skills and knowledge while non-lawyers are assisted in the transition into specialist legal areas that complement their existing experience in business and commerce.

A Masters qualification is key to career advancement and professional confidence, and is a highly regarded asset in any professional or academic sector. This course will enhance your knowledge and ability, professional standing and employability. Several of the modules are accredited or recognised by professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Energy Institute.

Visit the LLM Law page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

For entry to the course you should be one of the following: a law graduate in any jurisdiction, or a non-law graduate with law-related work experience such as contracts. (Non-lawyers may be required in include the introductory module “The Legal Framework” in their programme of study.) All international students, for whom English is not their first language, must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by gaining either IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent in TOEFL prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course.

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