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International Banking Law and Finance (LLM)

Course Description

Programme description

The legal and regulatory infrastructure and fundamental theoretical concepts underpinning global finance have undergone fundamental rethinking since 2008.

Recent reforms try to identify the appropriate means to make global financial markets safe again, eliminating the need for future bank bail-outs. As a result, practising in this area has become more challenging for lawyers, bankers, accountants, and regulators. The pursuit of a successful career in today’s global markets requires an extensive and in-depth understanding of complex and sophisticated global and domestic finance regulations, of the law and practice of international banking, and of the law and practice of corporate finance. In addition it requires a solid understanding of economic theories supporting the operation of global finance.

A degree in International Banking Law & Finance has become an essential requirement for those who wish to work in the legal, accounting and banking industries, as well as those who aspire to a successful career with regulatory authorities, central banks, and other public sector and international organisations.

This highly specialised programme is aimed at future leaders in the field of banking law and finance.

Programme structure

This programme is designed to offer specific training in banking and finance law, from an international perspective.

The programme structure for 2016/17 will consist of 180 credits, comprising three mandatory taught courses worth 120 credits (40 credits each) and a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.

Mandatory courses:

Practice of Corporate Finance and the Law
Practice of International Banking and the Law
Regulation of International Finance: The Law, the Economics, the Politics

Career opportunities

Potential career paths include banks, law firms, regulatory agencies, central banks, public organisations, asset management, compliance and accountants.

Visit the International Banking Law and Finance (LLM) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Student Profiles

Tercentenary Awards for Excellence - 5 Awards

Edinburgh Law School is pleased to be able to offer five Tercentenary Awards for Excellence of £2,000 towards tuition fees in any LLM or MSc programme offered by the School, starting in September 2014 (including distance learning programmes, and also the MSc in European Union Politics and Law and the MSc in Global Crime, Justice and Security, both of which are offered jointly with the School of Social and Political Studies).

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000 towards tuition fees


Students should meet the criteria for entry to the LLM/ MSc programmes.

Application Procedure

Deadline: 30th April 2014.You must have already applied to study an LLM or MSc programme before you apply for this scholarship.Once you have applied for your chosen programme of study, you should download and complete the School Scholarships application form. This can be downloaded from the Law School website.Completed application forms should be emailed to [email protected] by the deadline date above.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree in law, finance, accounting, management or business studies, or its international equivalent.

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