International Commercial Law LLM

Why choose this course?

As an LLM International Commercial Law student at the University of Surrey, you will be taught essential skills on how to structure sophisticated business transactions and how to tackle complex business disputes.

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.

What you will study

This programme focuses on key conceptual and practical issues in international commercial law and cross-border business transactions. It is developed to provide a commercial context for career progression in international and national law firms, in-house legal departments, relevant government departments and international organisations.

It covers both core areas of corporate and commercial law, such as corporate law and international business transactions, and more advanced aspects of international business law, such as the regulation of global financial markets and settling international investment disputes. 

It combines traditional study methods with modern teaching and learning techniques, including hands-on practical experience in structuring sophisticated business transactions and tackling complex business disputes.

The programme lays great emphasis on training our LLM students to be capable practising lawyers. It is innovative in that it combines the study of the core of commercial law with a more contextual and critical appreciation of key current debates. Graduates of this programme are critical thinkers and confident problem solvers, with essential knowledge to advise their clients on a wide range of legal issues in international business transactions.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
LLM Full-time 12 months Oct 2018
Stag Hill

Global opportunities

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

Programme leader

DU M Prof (Schl of Law)

Our students

  • Katrien Steenmans, PhD Law

    "There have been many opportunities for collaboration during my PhD in different formats and forums – through workshops, conferences, talks, and publications."

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  • Chantal Frindall, PhD Law

    "I chose to study at Surrey as it has a beautiful location and campus. From the moment I applied to Surrey I had brilliant correspondence with the academics and all my queries were always dealt with promptly."

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Our graduates

  • Rafiat Adams, LLM International Commercial Law

    I was determined to study the LLM programme at the university because it offered a wide variety of modules relating to international commercial law practice. This was pertinent to my decision to do my masters at Surrey.

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  • Subash Chellathurai, LLM International Commercial Law

    Subash Chellathurai is a Law Officer in Reserve Bank of India, the central banking and the monetary authority of India.

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  • Discover International Commercial Law with Professor Ming Du

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  • Why I research… employee engagement and work motivation

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The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

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.


Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators.

Policies and regulations

Please refer to our academic regulations and student policies and regulations. These may be amended from time to time.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can assist you in developing your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

Students are encouraged to disclose their condition and register with the service so that they can be appropriately supported during their studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also provided to students where appropriate.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

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 Academic: 6.5 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.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.


Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Oct 2018 £9,800 £18,200

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2018-19 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught programmes.


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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Loans, scholarships and financial support

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

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Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

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Admissions enquiries

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