The LLM International Business Law meets the current demand for specialist knowledge and skills in the rapidly expanding fields of international business law. It provides you with the opportunity to explore the legal regulation of the world of international business. You’ll acquire knowledge and understanding of the aspects of substantive and procedural law that are fundamental to International Business Law.
The course will expose you to the fundamental aspects of International Business Law and provide you with the opportunity to critically examine different systems of law at a higher level. In addition, it provides an opportunity to acquire, or build upon existing skills gained from your undergraduate course - enhancing employment opportunities in the legal profession and providing a basis for progression to doctoral studies.
We have active student-led Legal, Mooting and Debate Societies. Our Student Mooting Society is one of the most successful in England. Our students have reached five finals in the past six years and have regularly beaten teams from some of the country’s most prestigious universities. In the past 10 years, we have beaten eight of the elite Russell Group of universities, including Cambridge, Oxford and Warwick.
The LLM is accredited for Continuing Professional Development purposes by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.
The course aims to develop your ability in analysing and evaluating the principle features of international business law. You’ll study the major concepts, values, principles and rules that dictate the discipline. You’ll communicate complex and abstract ideas in an articulate and confident manner, as well as learning a host of transferrable skills that will stand you in good stead for when it comes to securing employment.
The key areas of International Business Law covered on the LLM modules include research methods, international corporate law, insolvency law, corporate governance, international commercial law, international intellectual property law, international commercial arbitration, environmental law, employment law and corporate crime.
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Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:
You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,906 available for postgraduate study.
Minimum 2:2 on a UK degree in law (e.g LLB): or
Minimum 2:2 on a UK degree which includes law as a substantial component (e.g. BA Law and Management); or
An equivalent overseas qualification. IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in each category), or equivalent will also be required for international students whose first language is not English.
Bangladesh - completion of a four-year LLB average 50% from a Bangladesh public university or average 55% from a Bangladesh private university rated good by UGC
India - completion of an LLB average 55% (or average 50% from a five-star university). Following changes to the English Language requirements introduced by the UKBA during 2011, we can now accept the Standard 12th CBSE with an average score of 65% as being equivalent to IELTS 6.5.
We may be able to accept Standard 12th Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and the CISCE - details will appear here.
Pakistan - completion of an LLB average 55%
Sri Lanka - completion of a four-year LLB average 55%
Don't meet our entry requirements? You could apply for courses at our International College.
Starting: Sep 2016
Starting: Jan 2017
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.
Students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.
Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?
Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.
Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.
Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?
You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.
Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.
We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,906 for some courses and options?
Advanced Legal Research Methods
You’ll learn how to design a research proposal that is based on your identified and chosen methods that not only critically reflects on existing scholarship but also facilitates a sustained piece of legal research. Using your own research interest as a foundation, you’ll further develop valuable transferable skills such as presentation, project planning and communication.
Business and Human Rights
This module focuses on corporate social responsibility and business ethnics, exploring how business and human rights impact on each other. You’ll examine the rights of employees through employment law, human rights aspects of intellectual property protection, and corporate environmental concerns.
International Comparative Energy Law
Here you’ll assess the way natural resources such as oil and gas are used today and serious concerns about the welfare and sustainability of the environment. In the context of international business as an industry that extracts natural resources, the module considers the potential future economic and financial implications of climate change.
International Trade and Dispute Resolution
This module explores the fundamental aspects of international trade. The three main dimensions examined are international commercial law, international intellectual property law and forms of dispute resolution in the international context. The module also considers the alternate dispute resolution methods available to parties who trade internationally.
You’ll explore the regulatory environment in which corporations operate. The module considers international labour standards; the construction of corporate criminal liability in a variety of different legal jurisdictions; and the problems of prosecuting and regulating international corporate criminality, particularly for environmental crimes.
Building upon the research skills developed in Advanced Research Methods, you’ll undertake a study of a legal topic of issue that you’re particularly interested in. You’ll conduct thorough research and display a strong sense of critical awareness. You’ll assess and reconcile complex legal issues and present them in an academic and authoritative format.
Our LLM is taught by an outstanding team of professional research active staff who have extensive practice experience.
The modules are delivered through weekly seminars which you are required to underpin with necessary preparatory reading and research. The seminars are designed to facilitate participation and you will be required to articulate your preparatory reading and work in the seminar and complete activities.
You’ll also conduct work via our online learning system, Moodle. We’ll use this to support your interaction with the materials through online activities, including discussion forums.
To qualify for a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) you must complete 60 credits of taught modules.
To qualify for a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) you must complete 120 credits of taught modules.
To qualify for the LLM you must complete all the taught modules and a dissertation.
Full-time attendance is two days per week. Part-time attendance is one day per week.
You will complete the following modules:
NB – the running of certain optional modules, for example, International Comparative Energy Law, depend on staff availability and student numbers.
The LLM provides students with a strong basis for progression to doctoral studies. Upon graduation you may progress on to our Legal Practice Course (LPC), or our /PhD research degrees. Details can be found in the postgraduate section.
Internship as a Trainee Attorney
I am from Lahore, Pakistan. I attained a Full Bright Scholarship Award for my Bachelors of Law from Quaid-e-Azam Law College, University of the Punjab. The institution is known for its education quality and state-of-the-art facilities.
After graduating, I quickly found an internship as a trainee attorney at ‘Kazmi and Rana Law Chamber’. The firm is renowned for its corporate and banking practices. While training at K&R Law Chamber, I took Punjab Bar Association’s examinations and passed with commendation. This enabled me to become a practising lawyer and appear in many of Punjab’s lower courts. After receiving the Punjab Bars Licence, I gained a position at the nationally renowned ‘Khosa Law Chamber’, working as an Associate.
We have active, student-led Legal, Mooting and Debate Societies. Our Student Mooting Society is one of the most successful in England. Our students have reached five finals in the past six years and have regularly beaten teams from some of the country’s most prestigious universities. In the past 10 years, we’ve beaten eight of the elite Russell Group of universities, including Cambridge, Oxford and Warwick.
You may be working, or aspiring to work as a solicitor, barrister, or in-house counsel specialising (or seeking to specialise) in this area of the law. Public sector organisations increasingly require the 'private sector' skills and understanding which you’ll develop throughout your studies.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Our students progress on to a range of jobs within the law sector. They have gone on to work with leading establishments such as Alegeh & Co, working as associate legal practitioners.
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
This course is based at the City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Law, Business, Social Sciences and English courses
The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.
The facilities at the Curzon building include two bespoke Law Courtrooms, replicating a Crown court and a Magistrates court. These rooms will play a key part in your learning experience, allowing you to try your hand in mock court cases, whilst also being the venue for our Mooting and Debating Societies.
On top of this, the Curzon building houses an extensive Law library, with books covering every aspect of Law history.
Ewan Kirk is currently the Senior Personal Tutor on the LLB Programme within the Law School. Ewan currently teaches EU Law and Intellectual Property Law at undergraduate and postgraduate level. His areas of research interest include intellectual property law and internet law.