Taught course

Law, Commercial LLM

University of Birmingham · Birmingham Law School

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good Honours degree in law, or a degree in another discipline augmented with a pass in the Common Professional Examination, or a corresponding level of achievement in the case of applicants from other jurisdictions. Applications are welcomed from students whether home-or overseas-based.

Months of entry


Course content

Commerce and trade exert some of the most powerful influences on human activity and commercial relationships reflect a constantly evolving world. The ingenuity of traders and the complexity of modern commerce is truly breathtaking. The study of Commercial Law provides an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in this important and fascinating area of law. This programme enables you to develop expertise in a range of commercial law subjects.

Birmingham Law School has an international reputation for its research and teaching across several broad areas of commercial law. This programme enables you to develop expertise in a wide range of commercial law subjects providing you with a strong foundation for your future career. The LLM in Commercial Law is ideally suited to those students wishing to specialise in English commercial law. The School has a leading reputation for excellence in its research and teaching in this area and the modules available on the LLM in Commercial Law draw on these strengths.

Programme content

You follow a modular programme (180 credits in total), which comprises six taught modules (20 credits each) and a dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits); the latter to be submitted at the end of the year of study. Students following the Commercial Law programme study a minimum of four of their six modules from the list below:

  • Banking Law
  • Business Taxation
  • Commercial Conflict of Laws
  • Company Law
  • Comparative International Commercial Arbitration
  • Cyberlaw
  • English Law of International Sale of Goods
  • Financing of International Trade
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Investment Law and Policy
  • Law and Finance in Emerging Markets
  • Law of Agency
  • Law of Domestic Sale of Goods
  • Marine Insurance
  • Maritime Law
  • Partnership and LLP Law

You can also choose up to two optional modules from those available on the General LLM; you can also choose one module from those offered by the Political Science and International Studies department.

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Fees and funding

Birmingham Law School offers a range of scholarships.

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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

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005