Entry requirements

Students will normally be required to have (or to be expecting) a first or upper second class honours degree, or an equivalent degree awarded by a university outside the United Kingdom. The degree may be in law or in a related discipline. We welcome applications from both law and non-law graduates. Students new to the academic study of law will be advised to read a number of recommended texts by way of induction before they begin the course. Students are also encouraged to attend the induction sessions provided in the week prior to the beginning of the course.

Months of entry


Course content

International economic law is a rapidly developing area of international law concerned principally with international trade, investment, finance and banking. The course provides a theoretical and practical understanding of the regulatory framework of the international trading system as well as addressing a range of other legal issues arising from different kinds of international business transactions.

Students studying for the LLM/PG Dip in International Economic Law are required to complete the double compulsory module in International Law (40 credits) and the single compulsory module in Advanced Legal Research Methods (20 credits) during the first semester.

International Law

The principal aim of the compulsory module in international law is to introduce students to the international legal system and the general rules that govern the international community, set in the context of a rapidly globalising world.

Advanced Legal Research Methods

This module, which is compulsory for all LLM students, provides an opportunity for students to develop core skills in legal research. Expert guidance is provided in locating and using international law sources especially electronic sources.

In Semester 2 you can choose any three of the following options:

International Trade Law

This module provides an overview of the legal systems governing international trade.

International Investment Law

This module provides students with the opportunity to examine the laws, policies and legal issues affecting foreign investment and foreign enterprises, with special emphasis on the developing world and emerging markets.

European Union Law

This module provides an introduction to the constitutional and administrative law of the European Union. It begins with an examination of the political development and legal nature of the European Union and the operation of its institutions.

World Trade Regulation

This module focuses on the regulative law and legal framework of sales of goods as provided for by WTO law.

International Commercial Arbitration

This module introduces students to international commercial law and arbitration, including arbitral agreements, applicable law, the enforcement of arbitral awards and arbitrations involving state parties.

International Labour Law

This module focuses on the work of the International Labour Organisation (the ILO). It starts by considering the history and workings of the ILO and the various theoretical issues raised by the search for universal and international standards for labour rights.

International Intellectual Property Law

This module aims to explore how, with the rise of information and technology as key global assets, intellectual property laws have been fashioned and constantly transformed to identify, regulate, manage and protect those assets.

International Corporate Governance

This module aims to introduce students to the principles of corporate governance that influence the management of modern companies worldwide. In particular, it focuses on corporate regulation in the wake of the recent scandals in the USA and in Europe.


Your LLM dissertation is an extended and supervised piece on work on a particular aspect of international law chosen in consultation with your course tutors.

Information for international students

If English is not your main language then you will need:: IELTS 6.5 including 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in listening and speaking.

Fees and funding

For general sources of financial support, see:

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
18 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0)1865 484931