Taught course

Commercial Law

Birkbeck, University of London · School of Law

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Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2) in law or in any degree programme related to the aims and content of the course. Relevant work experience will also be considered.

Applications are reviewed on their individual merits, and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

Months of entry


Course content

Birkbeck’s innovative new LLM in Commercial Law is a research-led course focusing on the law governing private economic relations and businesses. A highly relevant area of legal practice, knowledge of commercial law will prove useful in your career in law or in the corporate sector. It is also an area which raises a series of fundamental questions about our economy.

The LLM degree in Commercial Law helps you gain a thorough and practical knowledge of the most important aspects of modern commercial law. At the same time, we provide you with the tools to critically understand the social relevance of the law of market relations. We incorporate elements of the common law and international law, so this degree is suited for both UK and international students.

Your studies will be centred around small seminars in which we:

  • discuss and assess the key principles of commercial law and market regulation
  • evaluate the national and international socio-economic dimensions
  • appraise different approaches to the regulation of businesses and market relations
  • engage with emergent legal and policy discussions regarding market regulation in a critical and innovative way.

This course is ideal for both law and non-law graduates. It is not a qualifying Law degree, so please consider our LLM Qualifying Law Degree if you wish to obtain such a degree.

  • This LLM Commercial Law offers you the chance to gain an advanced legal degree in the heart of London with a particular emphasis on critical analysis of this area of law, nationally and internationally.
  • Giving you plenty of opportunities for professional development and networking, you will benefit from our School of Law’s vibrant annual cycle of inspiring expert-led public lectures and conferences, in which school and cross-school research centres and institutes play a key role.
  • Birkbeck is a hub of expertise on creative, innovative and critical thinking and Birkbeck School of Law has a strong tradition of research across its departments of Law and Criminology.
  • Our academic staff are international authorities in their respective fields, and the School of Law is one of the top 10 law departments for research intensity in the UK and one of the top three in London, and its research environment has been judged to be highly conducive to producing excellence in research.
  • Our city centre campus is in Bloomsbury WC1, a lively student-centred place that's home to a number of universities and other colleges of the University of London, and you will be able to take advantage of their rich research collections as well as Birkbeck Library, which has a strong collection in critical, theoretical and interdisciplinary legal studies, including access to key specialist journals and an extensive range of online materials.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this course is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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