LLM International Business Law

Global trade has never been more complex or critical to economic growth. Specialise in international business law to open up career opportunities around the world.

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Companies of all sizes and in all sectors operate globally. International business, trade and commercial laws apply to all of them.

On this degree you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of all these areas, exploring how laws are applied in a business setting. 

International business law is constantly evolving to keep pace with politics and technology. And events like Brexit provide unchartered territory to explore too. 

Applying law to business

This course covers more than just legal theory. You’ll look at the practicalities of implementing business laws in organisations of all sizes.

Our teaching team are experienced legal practitioners. They’ll share examples from their careers to help you put legal frameworks into context. 

Focusing on international trade in a post-Brexit world will ensure you’re ready for the challenges and opportunities that leaving the EU will bring.

Tailor your studies

There are various options to specialise in the area of international business law you’re most interested in.

You can explore your specialism in more detail through the research project for your dissertation.

Features and Benefits

  • Internationally recognised – this qualification is recognised around the world, opening up career opportunities in a range of companies.
  • Business and legal hub – Manchester is home to international businesses and well-respected law firms. Study in the heart of this thriving city and make connections to some of these companies.
  • Gain experience – our network allows you to provide pro bono legal support while you’re studying. Volunteer for a chance to develop your experience.
  • Research with impact – our lecturers are involved in research that impacts legal systems. They’ve worked in legal practice, civic society, and think-tanks.
  • Supporting your studies – the Law School has a mock courtroom, legal libraries, postgraduate suite and careers hub that will support your learning.
  • Legal network – we have close ties to the Northern Circuit of the Bar, as well as national and international law firms. Build relationships with future employers.
"The teachers are really helpful and approachable; they are all experts in their own fields. The LLM course allowed me focus on equalities and human rights, topics which are important to me.” Fiona Simkiss, LLM.

"Our research is influencing national and international policy and legal development. We have advised parliamentary committees and Olympic bodies in the areas of sports law, equalities and discrimination, and human rights law."

Jackie Panter, Associate Head of School.

Career Prospects

If you have ambitions of advising on multinational mergers and acquisitions this course can get you there. It will enhance your knowledge of international business law and build your confidence.

It’s designed to give you the skills you need to thrive in the fast-paced world of global business.

This is an exciting sector to work in. It’s constantly evolving and you’ll need to stay up to date with the latest research in the field.

Your research project will allow you to explore a specialist area of international business law in greater detail. Continuing to PhD-level study is an option if you enjoy the research element of this course.

In a post-Brexit world, more businesses will need legal professionals with this specialism. You’ll have a wealth of roles open to you when you graduate. Work with international legal firms, or as part of an in-house legal team.

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of graduates go straight into employment or further study within six months of graduating.

DLHE survey 2017, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Entry requirements

Admission to the LLM in International Business Law will normally require an honours degree in law or in a related business or commerce discipline of, at least, a second class, lower division standard. Alternatively, admission may be gained by possession of a graduate diploma in law or a related professional qualification recognised as equivalent to a second class, lower division honours degree or a related postgraduate diploma or degree.

International students please refer to mmu.ac.uk/international

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.


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Course details

We’re living in the era of Brexit and a rapidly evolving global trade landscape. The LLM International Business Law is an internationally recognised postgraduate degree offering the chance to boost your expertise in this increasingly complex and relevant area. It’s a course that’s particularly ideal for practising legal professionals or those working in finance or business. But it’s also relevant for anyone looking to build on their knowledge and understanding of international trade, corporate and commercial laws – and how these are applied in a business setting.

It’s a course that comes with flexibility. Of the five units you’ll study, three are option units while the two core units are based around research and your dissertation – together, letting you tailor the curriculum to your particular interests. With our Research Methods unit, you’ll create a research proposal in an area of international business law of your choosing. You’ll then pick a corresponding topic for your dissertation, ensuring the content matches your learning and career goals.

Of your option units, two will be specialist units in international business law and you’ll pick a third from the broader LLM options. With subjects like Equality and Human Rights, European Migration and Asylum Law to choose from, you’ll find an ideal complement to your other studies.

But while you’ll delve deeply into the theory – building a set of advanced, transferable research skills as you go – you’ll also look at how to apply your learning in the workplace. Our teaching team includes experienced legal practitioners, who’ll help you to put the legal frameworks into real-life contexts and show you how to implement business laws in organisations of all sizes.

With practical back-up like this to bolster the theoretical units, you’ll graduate with the skills and confidence to succeed in one of the many roles that exist for specialists in international business law.


You’ll study two core Master of Laws (LLM) units: Research Methods and a Dissertation. In the Research Methods unit, you’ll create a research proposal in an area of international business law. You’ll then choose a dissertation subject that corresponds to your research. From there, you’ll choose two core option units on different specialist areas of business law, plus another covering a more general law topic.

Core units

  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Option units

You will choose two specialist option units from a list including:

  • International Sales of Goods Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Principles of International Contract Law
  • Principles of Corporate Law and Governance

You will also be allowed to choose one further option unit from a more general list, including:

  • Equality and Human Rights
  • European Migration and Asylum Law
  • International Human Rights Law

Option units are subject to availability and resource.

Placement options

As part of Manchester Law School, our LLM International Business Law students have the opportunity to get involved in voluntary work through the Pro Bono Network. Work with one of our partners and you won’t just be offering free expertise to people in need – you’ll also have the chance to build real skills and relevant experience.

There are a range of different routes for pro bono work, working on projects with local, national and international partners. It could be working on a legal advice line or advising start-ups in our Business Law Café, or it might be supporting caseworkers for the homeless or even working on death row cases in the USA. It can be challenging, but it’s also rewarding. While you make a difference for your CV, you can also make a difference to people’s lives.

Our dedicated careers advisor is also on hand to put you in touch with legal firms, so you can develop your own opportunities for gaining experience and building your network.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Fees for this course have yet to be confirmed and will be updated shortly.

UK and EU students: Distance learning fee: £1542 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Fees for this course have yet to be confirmed and will be updated shortly.

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Distance learning fee: £2584 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

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