International Business Law - LLM

  • Level: Postgraduate Taught
  • Starting: September 2016, January 2017
  • Study mode: Full Time, Part Time
  • Location: City Centre
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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.

Continuing Professional Development

The LLM is accredited for Continuing Professional Development purposes by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.

What's covered in the course?

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.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our outstanding facilities include two mock courtrooms and an e-learning suite that can be used to bring study to life.
  • Our Student Mooting Society is one of the most successful in the country; 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 including Cambridge University. Two members of the Society are the current Web Legal national mooting champions.
  • The School’s Centre for American Legal Studies operates the UK’s largest US internship scheme, giving you the opportunity to gain practical experience in federal and state public defenders offices, private attorney offices and American university law schools.
  • We have strong professional links with the Birmingham Law Society (the UK’s largest Law Society outside London), the four Inns of Court and respected firms such as Squire Sanders LLP.
  • A comprehensive law library and an outstanding team of staff with extensive practice experience. This gives you ample access to information, experience and insight.

This course is open to International students

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Alegeh & Co
  • MWW Ltd

And in jobs such as:

  • Associate Legal Practitioner
  • Warehouse Incharge

New £10,906 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,906 available for postgraduate study.

More about postgraduate loans

Entry Requirements

UK students

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.

Examples of equivalent qualification include:

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%

International Students

Entry requirements here

International Students

Don't meet our entry requirements? You could apply for courses at our International College.

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Award: LLM

Starting: Sep 2016

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Award: LLM

Starting: Jan 2017

  • Mode
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  • Full Time
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Award: LLM

Starting: Sep 2016

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 year

Award: LLM

Starting: Jan 2017

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 year

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.

Personal statement

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:

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

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.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

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.

Relevant academic or work experience

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.

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Additional costs

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.

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Accommodation and living costs

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.

Financial Support

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?

Postgraduate loans

Stage 1: Postgraduate Certificate

Advanced Legal Research Methods
15 credits

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
15 credits

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
30 credits

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.

Stage 2: Postgraduate Diploma

International Trade and Dispute Resolution
30 credits

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.

Corporate Regulation
30 credits

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.

Stage 3: Masters

60 credits

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.

Course Structure

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:

  • Advanced Legal Research Methods  (15 credits)
  • Business and Human Rights (15 credits) or International Comparative Energy Law (15 credits)
  • International Corporate Law (30 credits)
  • International Trade and Dispute Resolution (30 credits)
  • Corporate Regulation (30 credits)
  • Dissertation  (60 credits)

NB – the running of certain optional modules, for example, International Comparative Energy Law, depend on staff availability and student numbers.

Further Study

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.

Student stories Asma Qureshi

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.

Employment Opportunities

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 Ambassador

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.

Graduate jobs

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:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

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.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our international business law course is most popular with international students from:

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Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

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.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the Parkside Building and Millennium Point

Chipo Mwale

Chipo Mwale

Senior Lecturer, Course Director of the LLM International Human Rights and International Law

Chipo Mwale is Programme Director for LLM International Human Rights and also a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law. She currently teaches the following courses: LL.B.; LL.M. Corporate and Business Law; LLM International Human Rights; BA Joint Honours Programme (Business Law Pathway).

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Ian Fox-Williams

Ian Fox-Williams

Director of International Recruitment and Development

Ian Fox-Williams has strategic oversight and responsibility for all international activity in the School of Law from international student recruitment, development of partnerships with overseas institutions, designing collaborative courses taught overseas, as well as student and staff international mobility. 

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Dr Ozlem Ulgen

Reader in International Law and Ethics

Dr Ozlem Ulgen is involved in drafting legal and ethical rules governing lethal autonomous weapons at the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems. 

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Stephen Swann

Dr Stephen Swann

Senior Lecturer

Dr Stephen Swann lectured at Oxford Brookes University, the University of Leicester and the University of Dundee before becoming a teaching and research fellow at the University of Osnabrueck, Germany. He has been a Research Assistant within the Property and Trust Law Team at the Law Commission.

Dr Ewan Kirk

Senior Lecturer

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.

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