Taught course

International Corporate Governance, Financial Regulation and Economic Law

School of Advanced Study · Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

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Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement is a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree from a university in the UK, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard (for example a grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher).

We will consider applications from candidates who do not meet the formal academic requirements but who offer alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience. Applicants are not required to have a law degree nor a professional qualification in law.

English is the language of instruction and applicants are required to demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency.

Months of entry


Course content

Who is this course for?

This degree has been designed to appeal to law graduates as well as those who come from other disciplines such as business studies, international relations, finance and economics, and would like to learn more about the legal side of international economic relations particularly international financial markets and services and develop a specialised understanding of corporate governance concepts and the role of financial regulation in today's globalised financial markets. The Institute is uniquely qualified and situated to offer this academic law degree programme in London - the world's leading international financial centre.

What does this course cover?

This innovative programme builds on the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies research expertise in company law, corporate governance, international economic law, financial regulation and financial law. The programme is taught by leading academics from the University of London and other European and North American universities.

The programme offers courses that analyse corporate governance, financial regulation and international economics and financial law from a European and comparative perspective. Some of the main themes include the role of international economic organisations in globalised financial markets and the emerging legal and regulatory institutions that govern European financial markets. The United Kingdom's legal and regulatory regime is an important area of focus, including the various institutional models of regulation. Although the programme's core courses focus mainly on an academic analysis of the relevant legal and regulatory concepts and principles, there are optional courses offered by legal and regulatory practitioners that address the practical aspects of corporate governance and financial regulation.

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Structure and modules

Students take six modules plus the dissertation.*

  • International Corporate Governance and Transnational Corporations
  • International Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation
  • Bank Corporate Governance
  • The Law of International Trade and Finance
  • Money Laundering and Financial Regulation
  • LLM Research Methods Training
  • International Economic Law and Organizations
  • Dissertation

15,000 word dissertation, topic identified by student, to be agreed with supervisor

* Availability of modules and lecturers may vary from year to year.

Please note that we are currently reviewing the structure and content of this programme and may introduce some additions and enhancements for 2019–20.

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Assessment of students is by coursework, namely by two written essays of 3,500 words each for each of the courses of the LLM. For the two modules students are assessed by one essay of 5,000 words. The pass mark for all examinations and the dissertation will be fifty per cent (50%), the Merit Award will be between 65 and 69% and the mark for Distinction will be seventy per cent (70%), as required by Regulation 10.25 of the Regulations for Taught Masters Degrees.

Mode of study

12 months full-time or 24 months part-time.

Part-time students take three modules (including one core module) in their first year and three modules and the dissertation in their second year.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
£8,570 (2018/19 fees)
International students
£13,660 (2018/19 fees)

The School of Advanced Study has a range of funding opportunities for home, EU and international applicants. Find out more about funding opportunities here. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

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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