Taught course

LLM International Commercial Law

University of Reading · School of Law

Entry requirements

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent)

Normally a good undergraduate honours degree (2.1 or above) in Law, Economics, Finance and Business Finance or equivalent from a university outside the UK

Applicants who have a 2.2 plus 3 years relevant work experience (and/or have passed the Bar exam will also be considered)

Applicants who have a 2.2 with less experience and/or higher marks in some law modules may also be considered and are welcome to apply.

Pre-sessional English language programme

If you need to improve your English language score, you can take a pre-sessional English course prior to entry onto your degree.

Months of entry

February, September

Course content

Combine the study of law and business with our LLM International Commercial Law.

This interdisciplinary course is taught by the School of Law and the ICMA Centre, part of the renowned Henley Business School.

We prepare you to graduate with a diverse portfolio and skill set through our:

  • practice-focused approach. Develop valuable links with employers, gain real-world experience, and embed your learning in professional practice.
  • focus on research intensity. Advance your research skills with the support of experienced academics. You'll be in good company: 99% of our research is of international standing (Research Excellence Framework 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – Law).

You will develop a comparative, international perspective of commercial law and benefit from:

  • high quality teaching and modules led by expert academic researchers and practitioners
  • opportunities to hear from guest speakers who excel in their fields
  • a dynamic, learning environment.

Create your own pathway with LLM International Commercial Law

Tailor your master’s study based on your interests and career aspirations. You can graduate with an LLM International Commercial Law, or choose to specialise by choosing one of our many pathways with specific, optional modules.

All students will study Advanced Issues in International Commercial Law, together with a chosen specialist pathway. There is a wide range to choose from, including:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Banking and Financial Regulation
  • Insolvency and Corporate Rescue
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • Competition Law and Regulation
  • Intellectual Property Law and Management
  • Information Technology Law
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Energy Law and Natural Resources
  • Economic Law

You will be required to complete both the specified module(s) for your chosen pathway, and a written project related to that area of law.

Any specialisation is recorded on your degree transcript, and can offer a niche for future employment. Plus, studying across different departments gives you the opportunity to network and broaden your knowledge base.

Make valuable connections

The Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation (CCLFR) is a research hub established for commercial law students by the School of Law and ICMA centre. It focuses on:

  • conducting research and disseminating knowledge of international commercial law and financial regulation
  • advancing legal scholarship
  • bringing together scholars and policymakers from law and finance
  • influencing the development and application of commercial law and finance regulation in practice, through research projects, conferences, teaching and publications.

Flexible study options

This master’s course is for graduates with either legal or relevant, non-legal experience – you will be considered on individual merit regardless of discipline.

You can attend this course on a full-time basis over one year, or part-time over two years.

For more information, please visit the School of Law's website.

Fees and funding

New UK/Republic of Ireland students: £10,800

New international students: £22,350

Tuition fee information

The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information, including information for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.

EU student fees

With effect from 1 August 2021, new EU students will pay international tuition fees. For exceptions, please read the UK government’s guidance for EU students.

Additional costs

Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.

Financial support for your studies

You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available

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

Global Recruitment Team