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LLM in International Financial Law

Course Description

We know a lot about what has happened during the global financial crisis, but less about how or why. Specialising in this rapidly developing field, you will gain an insight into the law, regulation, documentation and legal issues affecting major transactions in global financial markets.

Teaching on this course has a practical emphasis. As well as the fundamental knowledge and skills, you will be equipped with the practical tools necessary to apply your understanding of the global economy and finance, and how it is regulated, to the real-world.

You develop an extensive and detailed knowledge of financial law from a theoretical, practical and interdisciplinary outlook; gain a thorough understanding of the financial services industry, with a particular emphasis on compliance; engage critically with domestic and international developments from practical, regulatory and policy perspectives on financial law; and analyse the relevant social, economic, political, historical, philosophical, ethical, scientific and cultural contexts within which financial institutions operate.

This course attracts students from all over the world, including many who are already legal practitioners in their home countries, so you will be exposed to variety of perspectives and have opportunities to widen your professional network.


Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework, unseen examinations, 4,000-5,000-word essays and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Course structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Our range of modules gives you the opportunity to identify fields of study closest to your career aspirations.

Autumn term: Advanced Research for LLM Students • Principles of International Financial Law • and either The Law of Financial Derivatives and Structured Products or Corporate and International Finance and Institutions in the Global Financial Market.

Spring term: you choose from International and Comparative Company Law • International Corporate Governance • Law of International Business Transactions • International Commercial Arbitration • International Investment Law • Financial Crisis and Bank Regulation • Entrepreneurial Finance • Financial Derivatives • Multinational Financial Management • Research Methods for Banking and Finance. The range of options available in any one year may vary.

Summer term: supervised work on your LLM dissertation.


Please note that these are the core modules and options (subject to availability) for students starting in the academic year 2016.

Core modules

•Advanced Research for LLM Students
•Dissertation (International Financial Law)
•Principles of International Financial Law


•Commercial Conflicts of Laws
•Corporate and International Finance
•Entrepreneurial Finance
•Financial Crises and Bank Regulation
•Financial Derivatives
•Institutions in the Global Financial Market
•International and Comparative Company Law
•International Business and Human Rights
•International Commercial Arbitration
•International Corporate Governance
•International Financial and Securities Litigation
•International Investment Law
•International Transactions in Goods
•Islamic Commercial Law
•Law of International Business Transactions
•Multinational Financial Management
•Public Procurement Laws in the International System
•Research Methods (Finance, Accounting and Banking)
•The Law of Financial Derivatives and Structured Products
•The Law on Financial Crime
•Transnational Corporate Finance Law


The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Visit the LLM in International Financial Law page on the University of Sussex website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in law or a relevant subject (such as international relations, political science, history, criminology, criminal justice or sociology) but applicants from other backgrounds may be considered.Overseas entrance requirements: View Website

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