International Commercial Law LLM

This programme enables you to understand, examine and apply fundamental concepts of international commercial law, benefiting from the presence of the Surrey International Law Centre, based in the School of Law.

Why Surrey?

As a law student at the University of Surrey, you will tackle the fundamental questions facing society, develop understanding of key areas of English, European and international law, and investigate and evaluate ideas such as fairness, justice and equality.

The School of Law provides a stimulating and supportive environment for postgraduate study. Working closely with other schools and departments across the University, we provide you with a strong legal education and the guidance to apply your legal understanding in a practical context.

Programme overview

This programme focuses on key conceptual and practical issues in commercial law and business transactions. It is developed to provide a commercial context for career progression in national and international law firms or relevant government departments. It combines traditional study of commercial law and cutting-edge aspects of corporate and commercial law with hands-on practical experience.

The programme is innovative in that it combines the study of aspects of commercial law with a more contextual and critical appreciation of key current debates in corruption, corporate governance and responsibility, corporate crime, and the study of law and development.

Graduates of this programme go on to academic careers, apply their LLM practically as lawyers and solicitors, or take their knowledge of law into international business or consultancy work.

Programme structure

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that all modules described are optional and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Law
  • International Carriage of Goods by Sea
  • International Trade Law
  • Law of the World Trade Organisation
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Investment Protection
  • Banking Law
  • Dissertation

Educational aims of the programme

  • To enable students to understand and evaluate key contemporary debates in law, concerning a wide area of law from European to International Justice.
  • To enable students to understand and evaluate contemporary debates in the study of law.
  • To deepen students’ knowledge of theoretical aspects of law and dispute resolution both in an International, national and a European sphere.
  • To enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding of law.
  • To provide students with the skills necessary to design and complete a dissertation on a specialist topic, including: formulating research questions; selecting appropriate methods of data collection and analysis (where appropriate); conducting a literature review; and presenting research according to scholarly conventions.

Programme learning outcomes

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Critical awareness of contemporary debates in the study law.
  • In-depth understanding of international, European and local structures of dispute resolution and formal regulation.
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of eight sub-fields of law
  • Understanding of processes of knowledge creation and contestation within law
  • Understanding of techniques of research and enquiry and their application to the study of law

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Gather, organise and deploy evidence and information from a range of different sources
  • Analyse and synthesise a wide range of material in verbal and numerical formats
  • Deal with complex issues systematically and creatively
  • Make sound judgements on basis of incomplete evidence
  • Demonstrate self-direction and originality in solving problems and analysing evidence
  • Construct reasoned argument
  • Apply theoretical frameworks to empirical analysis

Professional practical skills

  • Make appropriate use of information and communications technology
  • Carry out an advanced literature search
  • Form effective arguments
  • Organise workload to meet deadlines
  • Formulate research questions
  • Design and conduct a research project
  • Present research findings orally and in writing

Key / transferable skills

  • Communicate and present ideas effectively
  • Reason critically
  • Use information and communication technology for the retrieval and presentation of material
  • Organise and plan own work
  • Adopt a proactive approach to problem-solving
  • Collaborate with others to achieve common goals
  • Deploy a range of relevant research skills
  • Make decisions in complex situations
  • Take responsibility for own learning


We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.


Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Oct 2017 £9,500 £17,500

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/2018 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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Programme leader

Professor Ming Du

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Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
LLM Full-time 12 months Oct 2017

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a Bachelors degree (UK 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification from a recognised British or overseas university.

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English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent).

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.


Loans, scholarships and financial support

There are many streams of funding for postgraduate students including awards, scholarships and loans. Learn more.


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Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught Masters programme fees.

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The Surrey International Scholarship for Excellence

For all (with the exception of MBA) postgraduate taught courses starting in September 2017 within the Surrey Business School, the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the School of Law, we are offering all applicants who hold a  UK 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) or above opportunity to be awarded between £2,000 and £4,000 through the Surrey International Scholarship for Excellence Scheme. Download a flyer or read more for eligibility and to apply.

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Admissions Information

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Further information for applicants

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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