Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in law.

Months of entry


Course content

Economies in today’s world are increasingly interconnected, posing new legal challenges in areas such as:

  • the regulation of e-commerce
  • standards of corporate governance
  • the enforcement of trade and competition rules.

You’ll learn about the regulation of trading and commercial activities, cross-border transactions between companies and individuals, and the process of harmonising commercial law. You’ll also learn to apply the rules of international trade law and develop critical perspectives so that you can evaluate cutting-edge scenarios and the theories underlying trade liberalisation.

The course is ideal for you if you’re already a legal practitioner in your home country, although this is not essential as long as you have completed a basic legal education.

Key facts

  • The University of Sussex is a world-recognised centre for research excellence in international trade and commercial law with one of the largest interdisciplinary trade research groups in the world.
  • You have an opportunity to develop the practical skills needed to act as a legal adviser in the resolution of international commercial or trade disputes.
  • You learn to apply rules of international commercial and trade law, exploring the relationship between the public and the private and engaging with cutting-edge research.

How will I study?

You will learn through core modules and options in the autumn and spring terms.

In the summer, you undertake supervised work on the LLM dissertation.

You will be assessed through coursework, unseen examinations, essays and a 10,000-word dissertation.

Information for international students

English language requirements

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English Language Support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.

Visas and Immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Postgraduate Masters Loan

Borrow up to £10,000 to contribute to your postgraduate study.

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Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations30
Written coursework / continuous assessment40
Dissertation30 (15000 words)

Course contact details

School of Law, Politics and Sociology
+44 (0)1273 678655