Taught course

International Trade Law

Northumbria University · Faculty of Business and Law

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.

In a world of increasingly sophisticated and rapidly changing trading markets which are becoming more international in nature, organisations need well-educated, competent staff. This postgraduate programme provides students with an in-depth understanding of the legal issues involved with international trade and will provide students with a reputable qualification in this exciting area of study. This full-time programme commences in September each year, taking one year to complete.

Students on the programme gain specialist legal knowledge within a practical context, whilst developing expertise in chosen areas and enhancing research skills. The programme 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 Trade Law.

The programme builds upon participants’ experience - whether gained through undergraduate study, employment or legal practice - and in addition to developing existing expertise and knowledge, the programme 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 three compulsory modules, this LLM provides the opportunity for students to study three 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

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
distance learning
27 months


distance learning
18 months


distance learning
9 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 227 4453