Taught course

International Business and Commercial Law

The University of Manchester · School of Law

Entry requirements

An Upper-Second Class law degree, or the overseas equivalent - applications to include two academic references, and copies of degree certificate and transcripts.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme offers students the opportunity to develop an advanced understanding of the law governing international business and commerce. It covers fundamental legal aspects of international business, such as the law of corporations and corporate governance, the law of international trade transactions, international financial, securities and banking law, competition law and intellectual property. The programme aims at providing a solid basis in these fields as well as giving students the opportunity to explore topical issues, such as the implications of the recent financial crisis, corporate social and environmental responsibility, the role of brands in globalization, global economic governance, and the legal challenges of business operation and foreign investment in a development country context. In addition to exploring these issues in an academic context, the Law School has set up a series of Practitioner Seminars, where senior practicing lawyers of global business stature are invited to share their insights and experience.

On completion of this LLM programme, students should:

Acquire a thorough knowledge of the legal fundamentals of international commerce and finance;
Gain a deeper insight into specific problems and critical issues faced by international business today and the international legal frameworks in dealing with them;
Have an understanding of the legal framework for business and commerce within regional economic blocs, such as the European Union;
Familiarise themselves with the relevant academic debates and new developments in law.
The programme prepares students for a career in law with specialization in international business.

Information for international students

international students: English Language ability of 7 IELTS (7 writing score), 625 TOEFL (5 in the test for written English), Cambridge English Proficiency Grade C

Fees and funding

Possible funding for overseas students from The British Council in their country.

10 x £1000 Law School Scholarships for overseas students awarded on merit

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations50
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
research papers30

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Secretary
+44 (0) 161 306 1270
+44 (0) 161 275 4724