Taught course

International Commercial Law

Northumbria University · Faculty of Business and Law

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Entry requirements

The usual entry requirement is one of the following: a degree in law. a degree incorporating law elements or a joint honours degree incorporating law. a comparable professional qualification. Students with non-law degrees but appropriate work experience will also be considered. Candidates without a degree or equivalent but suitable work related experience may also exceptionally be considered for admission to the Diploma

Months of entry


Course content

Northumbria has an enviable reputation for its practical, innovative LLM programmes, which are accessible to a wide range of professionals.

Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), Postgraduate Diploma (60 credits), LLM (60 credits) - total 180 credits, all at level 7

Students enrol on and complete each stage of the course, all of which are at Masters level, before choosing to move onto the next stage or choosing to exit with the relevant award. The stages are Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and LLM.

Each part of the programme is treated as a separate and distinct award – successful completion of the 60 credit Postgraduate Certificate stage, comprising three modules, is therefore an entry requirement for the Postgraduate Diploma stage and successful completion of the 60 credit Postgraduate Diploma stage, comprising three modules, is an entry requirement for the LLM stage. Completion of all three stage leads to the award of LLM.

The International Commercial Law course offers students the opportunity to explore a variety of commercial law subjects in an international context. Students on the course gain specialist legal knowledge within a practical context, whilst developing expertise in chosen areas and enhancing research skills.

The course will be of interest to legal practitioners, to those in business and to those people in the public sector who encounter various aspects of International Commercial Law.

The course builds upon participants’ experience - whether gained through undergraduate study, employment or legal practice - and in addition to developing existing expertise and knowledge, the course offers a range of practical benefits including:

  • Greater awareness of legal commercial issues
  • The ability to apply specialist legal knowledge to practical problems
  • The acquisition of expertise in new specialist areas
  • The ability to critically evaluate legal issues
  • Enhanced research and presentation skills

In addition to two compulsory modules, this LLM provides the opportunity for students to study four options related to various aspects of international commercial activity. In order to obtain a Masters degree (LLM), students must complete an additional research project of between 15,000 and 17,000 words in an area of their choice, enabling them to explore a topic of particular interest to them in greater detail.

Information for international students

Candidates for whom English is not their first language should either provide evidence that they have studied in the English medium for at least 3 years or that they hold a recognised English language qualification equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
0191 227 4453