Develop the practical skills needed to act as a legal adviser in the resolution of international commercial disputes.
Global commercial transactions are becoming more complex, posing new legal challenges in areas such as:
cross-border contracts for the supply of goods or services
finance and securities
international dispute resolution.
You’ll learn about the legal framework that governs commercial activities and cross-border transactions.
You’ll engage with cutting-edge research. Sussex has internationally recognised academics in international commercial law. You’ll learn how to apply the law in a commercial setting and also develop critical perspectives. You'll be able to assess cutting-edge scenarios and recent reforms in international commercial law.
This course is ideal if you’re already a legal practitioner in your home country, although this is not essential as long as you have completed basic legal education.
Degree Requirements: You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.
Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification should be in law. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.
IELTS (Academic): Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).
Admissions information for applicants
How to apply: You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system.
Personal Statement: Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application.
1 August 2021 (international)
1 September 2021 (UK)
Full-time and part-time study
Choose to study this course full time or part-time, to fit around your work and personal life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.
For details about the part-time course, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.
Advanced Legal Research and Writing
Law of International Business Transactions
Transnational Commercial Law
Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Carriage of Goods by Sea
International and Comparative Company Law
International Aspects of Intellectual Property and Technology Regulation
International Business and Human Rights
International Commercial Arbitration
International Environmental Law
International Investment Law
Regulating the Creative Industries
Transnational Corporate Finance Law
How much does it cost?
UK/EU students: £9,250 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
International students: £18,500 per year
Please note, all costs are best estimates based on current market values. Costs are paid at the start of your course unless specified otherwise. We review estimates every year and they may vary with inflation.
International Commercial Law texts
We recommend you buy certain optional texts for around £45 to £50. These texts are available from the University bookshop, online and from other outlets.
Optional field trip
An optional commercial law field trip takes place each year. You’ll contribute approximately £22 for a travel card, which the University subsidises.
The optional but recommended texts for this course cost between £20 and £50.
How can I fund my course?
Postgraduate Masters loans
You can borrow up to £11,222 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2021. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.
Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.
This course will enable you to work as a legal practitioner in a variety of roles, for example:
advising on cross-border commercial transactions
as an arbitrator in international commercial disputes
as a government official
as an expert in an NGO or international organisation.
Recent Sussex Law School graduates have gone on to jobs including:
legal counsel, Siemens
regulatory specialist, UBS
associate, CQ Legal & Consulting.
(Sussex Law School careers database)