International Commercial Law LLM
Why choose this course
Where do you imagine yourself working in the future?
By joining our LLM International Commercial Law course, we’ll teach you the skills you need to open up new and exciting possibilities for your career.
Our School of Law works closely with the University’s other departments and schools to offer you an inspiring, supportive environment that will transform you into an impressive candidate for prospective employers. We’ll also give you access to a forward-thinking legal education that gives you clear guidance on how you can apply this knowledge in a practical context.
What you will study
Taking on the important issues facing contemporary international law like commercial law and cross-border transactions, this course will give you the professional skills and knowledge you need to grow a career in both national and international law firms, in-house legal departments, government departments and international organisations.
From fundamentals to more advanced topics, you will cover a variety of areas of commercial law including international business transactions, regulation of the global financial markets, and international investment disputes. We’ve also designed the course so you’ll benefit from a mix of study and teaching methods, including practical experience, while you become an inspired professional capable of impressing employers and helping clients with real-world problems.
What you’ll learn on this course will put you on a career path with a lot of potential, and will help you become a capable practising lawyer.
Study and work abroad
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.
This course is advised by Professor Ming Du, internationally renowned scholar of Chinese and comparative law and a specialist in international business law and securities regulation. Professor Du also serves as a lecturer on the course.
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Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
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, student demand and/or class size caps.
Year 1 (full-time)
Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7
Choose 8 of the listed modules.
For PGCert choose 4 of the modules from the list above.
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. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
Learning and disability
We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.
Academic Skills and Development
Academic Skills and Development 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 help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.
Find out more about the study support available.
Additional Learning Support
Additional Learning Support (ALS) is the University of Surrey’s disability and neurodiversity service. The ALS team supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.
We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.
See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.
English language support
Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.
A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.
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English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.
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.
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2019-20 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
- If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.
Scholarships and bursaries
We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.
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Subash Chellathurai is a Law Officer in Reserve Bank of India, the central banking and the monetary authority of India.
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.