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International Commercial Law (Distance learning) LLM

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: Please see Course tab
  • Study Mode(s): Distance learning
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

  • 100% of NTU's research submitted to the Law Unit of Assessment was assessed to be world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of research impact (REF 2021).

On this course you'll develop a high level of knowledge and critical insight into the scope, principles, effect and practice of Commercial Law.

About the LLM International Commercial Law

This course explores diverse areas of the subject including:

  • international commercial transactions
  • international carriage of goods
  • corporate social responsibility

Why choose this course?

  • Explore diverse aspects of International Commercial Law.
  • Benefit from close links to our Centre for Business and Insolvency Law.
  • Choose a study route that suits you with full-time, part-time and distance learning options available.
  • Attend an International Summer School with the opportunity to explore Law in a European context.
  • Scholarships are available.
  • Individual modules can be studied for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes. Contact us for details.
  • 94.4% of our Nottingham Law School postgraduates are in work or further study within 15 months of finishing their degrees (of those available for work or study, latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-18).

What you’ll study

LLM International Commercial Law offers a significant opportunity to develop a high level appreciation of one of the fastest growing areas of law.

The modules offered on this course offer the opportunity to develop expertise in each of the key areas impacting international commercial law. The course explores diverse areas of the subject including international commercial transactions, corporate social responsibility and  international competition law.

You will study six taught modules followed by a dissertation.

Core Modules

International Commercial Transactions

The module aims to provide a supportive and structured learning environment in which to develop a high level of knowledge and critical insight into the scope, principles, effect and practice of commercial law in the field of international commercial transactions.

Optional modules

International Carriage of Goods

This module introduces the scope, principles, effect and practice of international commercial law in the field of the international carriage of goods,
and promotes a critical understanding of the regulation by international treaty of contracts for such carriage and of the legal complexities and difficulties arising in the application of such international treaties.

Corporate Governance

Large companies wield great power and can impact on lives in many ways.  Some will have power and reach equivalent to that a nation state.  The aim of this module is to consider how risks arising from corporate power can be addressed without stifling innovation.  We will look at how different types of shareholder can influence the way in which firms are run.  As well as this internal perspective we will consider the company’s external impact and how this shapes its obligations.  We will look primarily at the position in the UK with some comparative insights.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Develop detailed and in-depth knowledge of the concept of CSR, including its history, relevant theories, and limitations to legal policy and business practices in national, international, multi-sector and multi-disciplinary settings.

International Dispute Resolution

To allow students to understand the technical legal, procedural, political and commercial aspects of international dispute resolution. The module will equip students with a fundamental knowledge regarding litigation, arbitration and mediation - in the commercial environment from the perspective of the courts of England and Wales..

International Competition Law

This module aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the role and significance of competition law and its contribution to building a sustainable global economy.  It is about the legal regulation of market power to protect the interests of consumers in the context of increasing global trade and integration.  It examines laws regulating the behaviour of businesses aimed at protecting competition in markets and the effective enforcement of those laws.

Global Innovation and Intellectual Property

This module critically develops the key issues underpinning innovation and the discipline of patent law, including their application in UK and internationally, often in a public health and sustainable development context.

Global Data Governance, Technology and Corporate Responsibility

The module introduces key legal theory as applied to Global Data Governance and Technology.

  • You can select up to five modules from any subject area. We do advise you to select modules from the above options if possible.

Dissertation

The dissertation is an extended piece of academic work, independently researched and written. You will be supported in your work by one-to-one supervision from a tutor expert in the chosen field. Subject to academic suitability and the availability of an appropriately expert tutor, you may select your own area of study for the dissertation phase of the course.

In year one you will begin preparatory work on the dissertation module. Work on the dissertation will continue over the summer and during year two.

Please note modules run subject to sufficient student numbers.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Xu Pan

Going to NLS was a wise decision, I had a great time there and learned a lot from both my tutors and classmates.

How you’re taught

Distance learning students who complete the course over two academic years – study three modules across Terms One and Two in each year (six in total), beginning work on researching their dissertation during the first summer period and completing it during the second.

Distance-learning modules are structured, directed learning activities, delivered through the University's online learning platform – NOW. Distance learners will be asked to complete additional tasks – such as preparing essay plans or presentations – over the course of each module.

If you're interested in studying this course full-time or part-time, please visit this course page.

Course length

21-24 months distance learning

Assessment

In each case modules are assessed through one piece of course work. This usually takes the form of a problem- or essay-style question, but will vary by module. You can submit and receive feedback on assessments over the course of each module.

Your dissertation will be assessed through a research based written assignment of 12,000 words. The topic that you choose for your dissertation should be relevant to the course specialism and the chosen title will be subject to approval by the Course Leader.

Additionally, you will complete a reflective report consisting of pre-set questions, each with a maximum word count attributed to it; approximately 250 words, i.e. 1000 words in total. Your reflective report will be assessed by way of competence or non-competence.

Expert Teaching Staff

Our courses are taught by academics with significant subject expertise. The School’s vocational focus and strong links with the legal profession mean that many of our academic staff members have extensive practical experience. The courses also have a strong research base. Our academic staff actively research and publish, and many are recognised as being among the leading experts in their fields.

Research Expertise

We have a number of internationally recognised experts in a wide range of legal areas. We also have a Centre for Business and Insolvency Law. To find out more visit our research page.

Research informed teaching

By daring to think differently our research is tackling real-world issues. The subjects you will study with us are informed by our research so you can be sure your knowledge will be cutting-edge in your field. In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) - the UK's system for assessing the quality and impact of research in universities - we’re proud that 100% of NTU's Law submission was assessed to be world-leading or internationally excellent.

Staff Profiles

Alexandra Kastrinou

Head of Department

Nottingham Law School

Alexandra Kastrinou is the Head of Department for the Postgraduate Portfolio at Nottingham Law School, NTU. encompassing the Legal Practice Course, the Barristers Training Course, the Postgraduate Diploma in Law

John Hodgson

Associate Professor

Nottingham Law School

John Hodgson is an Associate Professor at the Nottingham Law School.

Susan McLaughlin

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Law School

Susan McLaughlin is a Senior Lecturer at the Nottingham Law School.

Careers and employability

Your future career

Career development is an integral part of the programme and our careers team run a series of workshops where you can identify methods and strategies to enable you to pursue your career goals.

Due to the School's excellent reputation within the legal profession, our graduates are highly sought-after and recognised for the depth and relevance of their knowledge.

Continuing professional development (CPD)

Practitioners can study individual modules from the LLM programme for CPD awards.

Nottingham Law School offers a suite of practice-based practitioner programmes specifically designed to meet the personal development needs of legal practitioners. We offer courses that qualify for CPD with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, in-house training and bespoke programmes. These courses are highly flexible and can be delivered throughout the year both nationally and internationally.

While this course does not currently offer placements we do encourage our students to pursue placement opportunities.

Find out about the opportunities available through our pro bono and University volunteering schemes.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Re:search Re:imagined

To us, research is about more than writing papers and proposing new ideas. By daring to think differently, we’re disrupting the research landscape and finding the answers to the questions that really matter. From social media addiction to sustainable farming, we’re inspiring the brightest minds to rise up and find solutions to some of the most significant global challenges facing society.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A good law degree, 2.2 or above.
  • Applicants whose first degree is not Law will be required to provide evidence of commitment to the LLM subject that they wish to study.
  • Applicants from other disciplines will be welcomed in appropriate circumstances, particularly if they have experience in the area, even if not as lawyers.
  • It is a programme requirement that students have access to the internet and are IT literate

We specify these minimum entry requirements, but we will assess you individually on your ability to benefit from the course. We sometimes offer places on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications, and industrial or professional experience.

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact our Admissions Team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

It is a programme requirement that students have access to the internet and are IT literate

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Postgraduate preparation courses (Pre-Masters)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Pre-Masters courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our courses page.

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Home fees for 2023 entry

Study routeHome fees
Two years (distance learning)£4,100

Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.


Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

International / EU fees for 2023 entry

Study routeInternational / EU fees
Two years (distance learning)£4,100

Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.


Funding your studies

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

How to apply

Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact our Admissions Team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Good luck with your application!

Apply online through our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page

Postgraduate research

If you’re applying for postgraduate research please visit our Research pages for information about our research areas and how to make your application.

Apply now (portal)

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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