Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in law or a relevant subject (such as international relations, political science, history, criminology, criminal justice or sociology) but applicants from other backgrounds may be considered

Months of entry


Course content

We know a lot about what has happened during the global financial crisis, but less about how or why. Specialising in this rapidly developing field, you will gain an insight into the law, regulation, documentation and legal issues affecting major transactions in global financial markets.

Teaching on this course has a practical emphasis. As well as the fundamental knowledge and skills, you will be equipped with the practical tools necessary to apply your understanding of the global economy and finance, and how it is regulated, to the real-world.

You develop an extensive and detailed knowledge of financial law from a theoretical, practical and interdisciplinary outlook; gain a thorough understanding of the financial services industry, with a particular emphasis on compliance; engage critically with domestic and international developments from practical, regulatory and policy perspectives on financial law; and analyse the relevant social, economic, political, historical, philosophical, ethical, scientific and cultural contexts within which financial institutions operate.

This course attracts students from all over the world, including many who are already legal practitioners in their home countries, so you will be exposed to variety of perspectives and have opportunities to widen your professional network.


Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework, unseen examinations, 4,000-5,000-word essays and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules list.

Our range of modules gives you the opportunity to identify fields of study closest to your career aspirations.

Autumn term: Advanced Research for LLM Students • Principles of International Financial Law • and either The Law of Financial Derivatives and Structured Products or Corporate and International Finance and Institutions in the Global Financial Market.

Spring term: you choose from International and Comparative Company Law • International Corporate Governance • Law of International Business Transactions • International Commercial Arbitration • International Investment Law • Financial Crisis and Bank Regulation • Entrepreneurial Finance • Financial Derivatives • Multinational Financial Management • Research Methods for Banking and Finance. The range of options available in any one year may vary.

Summer term: supervised work on your LLM dissertation.

Information for international students

Please visit: International qualifications for Masters courses or Fees and Scholarships.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Please visit our website for latest fees information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/2017/law-politics-and-sociology/international-financial-law-llm

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: Masters scholarships

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 678655