International Trade and Commercial Law

  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Distance learning
  • Location: ONL
  • Starting: January 2018
  • Course duration: 2 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

Growing in national and international importance, international trade law is one of the exports of the English common law system. The structure of international contracts is dominated by English common law principles. On this course you'll develop your expertise in key areas impacting international trade and commercial law.

About the LLM International Trade and Commercial Law

This popular course explores diverse areas of the subject including:

  • international sales and carriage of goods
  • international competition law
  • international commercial transactions

Why choose this course?

  • Explore diverse aspects of International Trade and Commercial Law, a major export of the English Common Law System.
  • 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 available.
  • Individual modules can be studied for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) awards. Email us for details.
  • 98% of our postgraduate Law School students are employed or engaged in further study six months after graduating (DLHE, postgraduate leavers 2015-16).

LLM International Trade and Commercial Law Video

In the video Brian Harris, a senior lecturer at Nottingham School, provides an overview of what the LLM covers and why he enjoys teaching on the course.

What you'll study

LLM International Trade and Commercial Law offers a significant opportunity to develop a high level appreciation of one of the fastest growing areas of law. Trade between nations is of huge importance to national and regional economies as well as having huge global significance.

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

  • Course modules

    *Distance learning students are required to study these four core modules.

    • International Competition Law*

    Acquire a critical understanding of the role, significance and basic structure of competition law in the context of increasing global trade and international economic integration. Competition law, (also called Antitrust Law), exists at national and regional levels and you will focus on the two leading competition law jurisdictions in the world, the United States of America (federal) and the European Union.

    • International Carriage of Goods*

    Understand the core common law principles, and the main international customs and conventions, applicable to contracts for the international carriage of goods by land sea and air.

    • International Commercial Transactions*

    Study the essential functional elements of any business to business contractual relationship concluded across international borders in the so called global village.

    • International Sale of Goods*

    Critically evaluate the law relating to contracts for the sale of goods across international borders from the contrasting standpoints of buyer and seller and focus on the core legal components of international sale agreements under three distinct legal codes.

    You may choose two of these optional modules to study along with the four core modules.

    Optional Modules:

    • Business Organisations

    Examine the key business models available to small and medium sized businesses in the UK. Compare their various legal features, and explore the legal expertise required for setting up, running and closure of a business.

    • Public Companies: Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance

    This module is orientated around a UK public company with a premium listing and trading its securities on the London Stock Exchange. The first part of the module examines the core company law and securities law and regulation underpinning such a company (including the detailed rules in the FCA handbook), centring on its initial public offering of securities and subsequent continuing obligations as a listed company and including the UK regulation on market abuse. The final part of the module is concerned with the corporate governance framework pertaining to such a company with a particular emphasis on the core directors’ duty in s. 172 Companies Act 2006, and the UK Corporate Governance Code and UK Stewardship Code. The module seeks to develop an ability to apply and analyse the complex technical provisions as well as to place them within the context of a broader critical theoretical framework.

    • Corporate Liquidation

    Develop a high level of knowledge and critical insight of the structure and objectives of corporate insolvency law in England and Wales. You will gain an evaluative appreciation of the regulation of insolvent companies and high level understanding of the role of traditional liquidation against the modern preference for corporate rescue.

    • Securing Corporate Debt

    This module examines formal and informal methods by which creditors are able to use property law to secure repayment of debts and acquire priority in insolvency. Students are introduced to common law concepts of property law and the process of legal development through case law. The transactional aspects of the area are given more emphasis than the doctrinal. Both institutional and procedural aspects of the law are considered: e.g. title retention, and the floating charge; constructive notice and undue influence. Students are encouraged to adopt a series of evaluative viewpoints and supported in developing their own analysis of the law and its development.

    Please note modules run subject to sufficient student numbers.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

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 also have the opportunity to participate in virtual discussions with other students and academic staff, and 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


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.

The dissertation is 18,000 to 20,000 words and is researched and written independently under the guidance of an expert academic.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Getting in touch

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

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

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 foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. For this course, we usually require one of the following:

  • IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill.
  • An equivalent English language qualification.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international teamfor advice

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. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or support, you can call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply for your course as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

For a step by step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.

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

For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement 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.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2018 entry

Study route

Home (UK/EU students)


Full-time (1 year)


Part-time (cost per year of study)

£3,450 (per year*)£6,950 (per year*)

Distance Learning (cost per year of study)

£3,450 (per year*)£3,450 (per year*)

* Fees are payable for each year of your course and will be subject to annual increase.

** VAT may be payable on these fees.

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

Fees for 2018 entry

Study route

Home (UK/EU students)


Full-time (1 year)


Part-time (cost per year of study)

£3,450 (per year*)£6,950 (per year*)

Distance Learning (cost per year of study)

£3,450 (per year*)£3,450 (per year*)

* Fees are payable for each year of your course and will be subject to annual increase.

** VAT may be payable on these fees.

Funding your studies

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

For more information on these and other opportunities for funding please visit our international scholarships page.

For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

The 2016 student living index now lists Nottingham in the top ten of most cost-effective student cities (Natwest Student Living Index 2016).

Still need help?

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