Taught course

LLM International Commercial and Technology Law

The University of Manchester · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

We require an Upper Second (2:1) Class Honours degree in law (or the overseas equivalent), or a degree with at least 70% law content, or a graduate diploma in law.

A First (1:1) or an Upper Second (2:1) Class Honours in a non-law degree such as finance or business will also be considered, if you have at least three years’ work experience in a law firm as a practicing solicitor or have passed the bar exam and are working as a practicing lawyer.

If you have substantial work experience closely related to law but not substantively legal in nature, for example as a contracts manager, you may also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Be part of the digital transformation

With game-changing transformation gaining pace across the global economy, the law is reinventing itself to keep up with the digital era. Along with momentous change comes great opportunity, but also significant and unprecedented risk associated with emerging technologies, including AI, FinTech, crypto economy, Web3 and big data.

This flexible online course will give talented and ambitious professionals like you the specialised knowledge and applied skills needed to step up and navigate the legal intricacies of tomorrow’s commercial landscape.

Who this course is for

If you’re a lawyer, or working in a legal environment like contracts or compliance, you’ll be aware of just how significantly advances in technology and the influx of digital systems are changing the way we work. If your role in trade and services has any kind of legal and regulatory focus, you’ll face unprecedented challenges that require new ways of thinking. If you’re a civil servant, researcher or academic, you’ll see how the digital transformation is reframing tech and commerce across the world.

Whatever your role, at a time when technology is defining progress, inquisitive, ambitious and determined individuals like you will shape the future. This prestigious LLM will give you up-to-the-minute specialist knowledge and applied skills to lead with confidence in a changing world.

If you’re a busy professional, keen to excel in your career, this online course gives you the flexibility to take the next steps while you continue to work, the know-how to think differently as you face new challenges, and the international connections to build a sophisticated understanding of the global context.

What you will learn

  • Explore the legal context, risks and opportunities arising from the digital revolution.
  • Get to grips with the principles and rules of commercial and tech law, and understand related legal systems.
  • Cover a range of contemporary issues surrounding technology and commerce, including FinTech, AI, big data, cryptocurrency, intellectual property and cyberspace.
  • Evaluate different approaches to regulation and legislation to address new challenges collaboratively, in a global context.
  • Gain a broad understanding of commerce and tech, and a nuanced appreciation of the role of law for a safe and effective digital future.

Where and when you will study

Wherever you are in the world, you can benefit from internationally-renowned teaching at The University of Manchester – the 27th best university in the world according to the latest QS World University Rankings – without going anywhere.

This course is designed for busy working professionals, so it’s 100% online and completely flexible. There’s no campus-based learning, so you can stay where you are. There’s no need to pause your career or interrupt your family or social life while you complete the course. You can study wherever and whenever works best for you.

The highly interactive content is built around our academics’ current research and combines live and interactive lectures with recorded material, balancing independent learning with online collaboration, discussion and group work.

How it will benefit your career

  • As the commerce world goes digital, specialised skills will become indispensable, putting you in prime position for promotion or a higher-level role elsewhere.
  • Teaching informed by the latest research will guarantee up-to-the-minute knowledge, and encourage leading-edge thinking and debate.
  • Sharpened problem-solving skills and fine-tuned critical thinking will prepare you to address new challenges and shape new approaches.
  • The relevance and breadth of the issues covered will help you understand the big picture, enabling you to transfer your skills and adapt to an inevitably changing landscape.
  • Build relationships with academics and professionals across the world to create a global network that opens up exciting new opportunities.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Early application discounts are available. Please view the course page on The University of Manchester website for more details.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Social Sciences