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LLM / PG Dip / PG Cert International Trade and Economic Law

Course Description

Part of our comprehensive range of LLM programmes, the LLM in International Trade and Economic Law will equip you with the legal knowledge and capability to engage with trade and businesses at a global level.

The volume of international trade has increased substantially in the post-war period, and most rapidly in the last decade. You will study the institutions of international economic law that shape today's global economy, and the role and regulation of multinational corporations giving you the skills required to work in this significant and complex area of law.

Course detail

Pursuing an LLM allows you to focus in on a particular area of law by delving deep into the subject and undertaking independent research and learning. The modules available cover a diverse range of legal topics, making it possible to tailor the course towards the specific areas of law you wish to explore further.

The School has a thriving research culture and most tutors on our LLMs are active researchers, publishing in leading journals. At the same time, the quality of teaching at Bristol Law School has been recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency as 'excellent'. You can therefore expect to participate in carefully-planned, lively and highly informative sessions designed to give you a deep and thorough grounding in your chosen area of law.


The LLM in International Trade and Economic Law consists of nine modules in total, including a dissertation of up to 15,000 words.

To gain the Postgraduate Certificate, you will study three compulsory modules (Research Methods, Globalisation and the Law and International Contracts or World Trade Organisation Law) and one optional module.

To gain the Postgraduate Diploma, you will complete the necessary modules to gain the Certificate (as above) and another four optional modules.

To achieve the LLM, you will complete the necessary modules to gain the Diploma (as above) and also write a dissertation.


- Core modules:

• Research Methods
• Globalisation and the Law
• International Contracts
• World Trade Organisation Law

- Option modules:

You will then choose either one optional module (for the Certificate) or five optional modules (for the Diploma or LLM), from the following list:*
• Natural Resources Law
• International Law and Institutions
• International Employment Law
• Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility
• Information Technology Law
• International Commercial Disputes
• International Intellectual Property Law
• International Environmental Law
• International Banking and Finance Law
• International Competition Law and Policy
• Shipping Law
• International Financial Crime

Or one option*, not listed above, offered on any of the other LLM courses.

Finally, if you are undertaking the full LLM, you will need to write a 15,000 word dissertation.


The flexible nature of the course allows you to study with us full or part time. The course involves both extensive independent research and discussion in the context of workshops, designed to encourage the development of your critical, analytical and reflective skills. You will be expected to prepare for each workshop and to participate actively in discussion with your tutors and peers.


Taught modules on the LLM International Trade and Economic Law course are assessed through a combination of written coursework assignments and oral presentations. The culmination of the course is a dissertation of up to 15,000 words, which constitutes an original contribution to the corpus of legal knowledge within an area of international trade and economic law.

Careers / Further study

Studying for an LLM provides an ideal opportunity to develop specialist skills that will be favoured by employers, both in the legal world and beyond. It opens up a range of career opportunities and gives our students the edge over other graduates.

The in-depth knowledge you will acquire in a particular area of law will give you a thorough grounding in the subject area and raise your employability prospects, enabling you to become a specialist within your organisation. It is for this reason that many of our LLM graduates choose to go on to complete a PhD or go into teaching and research.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx


- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

Visit the LLM / PG Dip / PG Cert International Trade and Economic Law page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

Entry Requirements

• You should hold a law honours degree (minimum 2:2) from a recognised Higher Education institution or equivalent from a recognised overseas institution.• Candidates who have successfully completed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or Common Professional Examination (CPE) will also be considered for admission onto the course.• Non law graduates will be considered for admission if they have relevant experience or if they have a degree in a related area of study such as business, politics or international relations.• If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency.

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