LLM in International Business with Commercial Law


Program Description


This course is designed to introduce to you the theory and practice of international business regulation in the context of globalisation.

The course is taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, small group sessions, practical experience and workshops. We teach two modules each week, over four hours of teaching time. In addition, students will complete a 15,000-word dissertation, which will be supported by a Research Methodology module.

Why choose this course?

London is the centre for global banking, finance and trade, so you will be well placed to take advantage of your proximity to the major corporations when you study at UWL.

The LLM International Business and Commercial Law course is aimed at students seeking to work as legal experts in the area of multinational corporations.

The course covers laws on business structure, corporate process, taxation, intellectual property, dispute resolution and legal aspects of international finance, so you’ll be equipped with the skills and knowledge that are sought after in the banking and finance sector.

Law students at UWL have access to an on-site courtroom that features state of the art technology including laptops and video equipment for judges/advocates and is ideal for student mooting competitions.

UWL has excellent links with major corporations to help you undertake your dissertation and develop your career prospects.

The Guardian University Guide 2012 ranked us as the top modern London-based law school.

Tutor Information

This course is run by the School of Law and Criminology to provide you with both the high-quality teaching and the personal attention you need to make the most of your University education.

The School of Law and Criminology teaching staff includes:

Lecturer Matteo Zambelli who is a partner in the corporate finance practice of the law firm Zambelli Tassetto, Studio Legale. His areas of expertise include securities regulations, international banking law, legal aspects of international finance and international arbitration.

Lecturer in Law Michael Derks.

Career and study progression

Our aim is to produce graduates who have employment prospects with multinational corporations because they understand the legal regulations and constraints of international business, as well as the financial world of international trade agencies and multinational corporations.

You can seek employment opportunities in careers with investment, law, consultancy and accounting firms, especially those focusing on international practice. Practising legal professionals and human resource professionals can use their qualification and the skills and knowledge they have gained on the course to progress in their chosen field.

On completing this course successfully, you can choose to continue your studies and progress on to a PhD.

Course detail

This course focuses on international business law from a global perspective, identifying key characteristics of doing business in an international environment, main sources of regulation, key concepts of contract and corporate law.

You will also be introduced to business dispute resolution and explore the concepts of corporate social responsibility and, in particular, doing business in developing countries. The course also touches on other common law and civil law jurisdictions and gives students a critical comparative law approach to international commercial law.


  • International Commercial Law
  • Legal Aspects of International Finance
  • Laws on International Business Structures
  • International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation
  • Research Methodology
  • Dissertation.

Legal Aspects of International Finance
The module studies international finance from an English law perspective and within the context of the practical and theoretical issues that arise. Covering key methods of international finance, such as syndicate loans, debenture, financial derivatives, and also touching other jurisdictions such as the US, the Middle East, Asia and Africa, this module provides you with a comparative approach to the law of international finance.

International Commercial Law
This module examines the practical and theoretical issues in international private transactions. The module focuses heavily on the traditional commercial sale and finance of such transactions, but it also incorporates principles of Intellectual Property Law, the knowledge of which is essential in the context of modern international business.

Laws on International Business Structures
This module examines the practical and theoretical issues involved in business organisations trading across jurisdictions.

International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation
This module provides you with a detailed introduction to both the theory and practice of international commercial arbitration and mediation, as well as other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Research Methodology
This module provides a thorough basis for Masters level research methods. It addresses core content areas appropriate to research in a legal context and supports you to achieve appropriate levels of competence in these areas, as well as broadening your knowledge of research tools.

Your dissertation gives you the opportunity to demonstrate the mastery of a particular subject area, by completing an extended piece of self-managed research. Your dissertation will develop and test your ability to conceptualise, appraise and critically evaluate a significant topic relating to the legal issues surrounding international banking and finance.

Entry requirements

A good undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification with appropriate law content.

Students with three years' legal or relevant commercial work experience will also be considered subject to interviews.

Applicants with extensive work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at IELTS 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications.

Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

The University of West London not only provides a high quality education closely linked to employment, but puts the student at the heart of a friendly and supportive community.

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