International Business Law - LLM

Full Time, Blended Learning
September 2018, January 2019
£6,900 per year for UK/EU Full Time 2018 entry (view all fees)
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The LLM International Business Law meets the current demand for specialist knowledge and skills in a rapidly expanding field. The course provides you with the opportunity to explore the legal regulation of the world of international business, and you’ll acquire knowledge and understanding of the aspects of substantive and procedural law.

You will study all the key areas of international business law, including international trade law, international intellectual property law, international competition law, corporate criminality and tax evasion.

What's covered in the course?

The course will also provide you with the opportunity to critically examine different systems of law at a higher level. The critical analysis skills that you will develop while studying on this programme will enhance your employment opportunities in the legal and business sectors, as well as enabling you to acquire a strong basis for progression to doctoral studies.

The course aims to develop your ability in analysing and evaluating the principal features of international business law. You will study the major concepts, values, principles and rules that dictate the discipline.

You will 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.

Why Choose Us?

  • You will learn from an outstanding and dedicated teaching team.
  • This course is a conversion LLM - you don't need a degree in Law to be eligible to study it.
  • The course covers transnational jurisdictions, so it is international in scope
  • The course has flexible delivery methods to suit your location and when you are able to study. You can enroll as either an on-campus student, flexible/blended learning student or as a distance learning student.
  • You will have an opportunity to enhance your employability skills by completing an internship. Placement opportunities are also available at a range of European companies
  • Birmingham City University has just launched the UK's first Centre for Brexit Studies, researching all aspects of the UK's vote to leave the EU, including the impact it has on domestic law and legislation.
  • You will be able to benefit from the newly-introduced postgraduate loans. For more information, visit UCAS. 

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Entry Requirements

UK students

Minimum 2:2 class UK degree or international equivalent in any subject area.

EU / International students
English language requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 minimum in all bands
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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
LLM Sep 2018 FT 1 year £6,900 per year
BL 1 Year £6,900 per year
Jan 2019 FT 15 Months £6,900
BL 18 Months £6,900

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
LLM Sep 2018 FT 1 year £12,000 per year
BL 1 Year £12,000 per year
Jan 2019 FT 15 Months £12,000
BL 18 Months £12,000

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.

Personal statement

UK / EU 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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*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

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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This course is available part-time

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 £10,000 for some courses and options?

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Core Modules

International Corporate Law
20 credits

The principal legal vehicle for business in all developed economies is the limited liability company.  Therefore any study of international business law must include a coherent and rigorous examination and analysis of:

  • The legal framework of corporate law adopted in a range of relevant jurisdictions
  • The problems and issues faced by the law in this field
  • The similarities and differences of the choices made and solutions instituted
  • The aims, experiences and outcomes of the operation of company law in those jurisdictions. 

This module is intended to provide such an examination and analysis at postgraduate level.

The module will provide an opportunity to participate in learning activities that emphasise active and participative education, through the use of methods leading to independent, autonomous and self-reliant learning practices which will enable you both to acquire and to construct knowledge and critical understanding of international corporate law. This will lead to the acquisition and development of transferable and marketable skills and knowledge for lifelong learning and employment opportunities.

Corporate Criminality and Tax Evasion
20 credits

This module considers the role of corporate structures and their global operations, and how these may lead to fraud, corruption and tax evasion. The role of intermediaries (such as banks, insurance companies, and law firms), tax havens, and tax evasion methods are considered in terms of how they may facilitate corporate criminality. The module will draw from case studies in various jurisdictions which offer an insight such practices, as well as referring to the relevant law in applicable jurisdictions.

The module aims to provide an intellectually stimulating and academically rigorous education by critically evaluating how corporations may be involved in criminal conduct. It develops a critical understanding in this area through consideration of fraud, corruption, and tax evasion as well as the role of intermediaries and tax havens.

You will gain an understanding of the existing legal framework of principles, concepts, and mechanisms, as well as develop an understanding of their limitations. By understanding and applying this legal framework you will develop the ability to critically appraise its scope and limitations, and the ability to exercise good judgment in selecting and using primary and secondary sources for research.

Transnational Commercial Law
20 credits

In contemporary times there has been a large growth of international commerce which has resulted in an expanding use of cross border commercial transactions. This module aims to consider commercial law in the globalised world.

You will explore the sales of goods and services cross border and study the foundation of international commercial law. You will be able to study and focus upon global business and trade regulation.

The module will explore key international organisations whilst exploring domestic, European and international commercial regulation. Conflicts of law and dispute settlement will be analysed in the commercial context allowing to critique transnational business. You will obtain greater awareness of commercial and legal issues to support your understanding of transnational business arrangements.

In line with the LLM programme this module will consider domestic, regional and transnational regulation helping you understand and analyse issues that arise when trade crosses a border.  

Advanced Legal Research Methods
20 credits

This module enables you to gain enhanced knowledge and understanding of the techniques needed for advanced legal research. It serves a double purpose. As a foundation to other Level 7 modules in law, it supports you in acquiring the knowledge of research methods and skills in applying those methods required to succeed in postgraduate legal research – both in scholarship and for practitioners.

Secondly, the module as a whole and the particular mode of assessment are both designed to provide you with the essential foundation and framework for completing the Dissertation, and substantial support towards completion of a Live Project or Placement at postgraduate level.

Dissertation, Project or Placement
60 credits

The aim of this module is to provide a framework for you to undertake a substantial piece of disciplinary-relevant research the output of which may be either a placement, integrated project or dissertation.  This is founded upon Birmingham City University’s teaching and learning philosophy which integrates theory into practice. 

The module allows you to conduct a study integrating the principles, tools and methods from your programme in particular the study of research paradigms and development of achievable methodologies in the Advanced Legal Research Methods module.

The format for the study whether it be a placement, practice-led integrated project or dissertation will vary depending on which one you choose, however it must relate to the specific pathway that you are studying, either the LLM in International Business Law, International Human Rights or International Law.

Optional Modules

You will study all core modules and two optional modules. The number of optional modules available each year depend on timetabling, staff availability and student numbers. Optional modules with low student numbers will not run but you can still engage in research of that area of law on the Dissertation/Live Project/Placement module, and you will receive appropriate supervision. 

International Comparative Competition Law
20 credits

Competition law has affected trade and business in many and diverse ways this module will explore the impact that regulation has had upon multinational corporations and small and medium sized enterprises. The EU and the U.S will be considered alongside China in order to compare and contrast the legal systems. In light of the increase in the internationalisation of business practice having knowledge of the legal regulation of competitive practice in the global context of how businesses operate is crucial.

The module will not only look at the theory of competition law but also examine its impact on commercial business behaviours and practices in an ever expanding global market. Taking a comparative approach between the EU, US and China it will explore the extent to which the EU, United States and China deal with commercial anti-competitive behaviour.

During this module you will study a range of topics relevant to competitive practice and study them in cycles considering firstly agreements that are in restraint of trade followed by the concept of dominance/ monopolization. After the initial overview considering anticompetitive agreements and monopolisation you will study other anticompetitive practices such as tying, mergers and price fixing which focus on the distortion of markets generally.

Alternative Dispute Resolution in Global Business
20 credits

This module aims to inspire a new generation to rethink traditional approaches to conflict and conflict resolution. ADR is a fast-growing area and offers a challenging and satisfying career through an array of emerging professional roles. As a consequence, this module significantly enhances student employability.                      

Over the past 50 years, arbitration has increasingly become a key way of resolving international disputes. International arbitration holds out the promise of being more effective and efficient than international litigation. 

This module studies the specific complexities that arise in arbitration and contributes to the development of arbitration theory. Taking a practice-orientated approach to teaching arbitration, this module helps student grasp the complex theoretical problems and parameters of the subject.

The module’s emphasis is on is on Business. Students will be introduced to international commercial contracts and the kinds of dispute that arise under them. Practical experience of the arbitration process is acquired by students taking part in a simulated international commerce arbitration. This subject emphasizes the significance of arbitration in both domestic and international contexts.

In every dispute, there is the option for the parties to litigate. Yet in many cases, adversarial litigation may not be in the best interests of the parties involved, especially when those parties have to continue doing business together or maintain an amicable relationship. Thus, ADR is often the preferred methods for resolving disputes.

This module provides a complete overview of the international dissolution processes that are available, combined with an appreciation of the use and possible strengths and weakness of each.

The focus, initially, is on the commonly used non-adjudicative processes of negotiation, and mediation. Thereafter, the focus shifts to the adjudicative process of arbitration and expert determination. An analysis of dispute resolution theory provides students with a professional level of knowledge of each of the processes. However, the emphasis is on practical student engagement, a prerequisite to skills acquisition.   

Legal Aspects of International Business Relations
20 credits

In today’s increasingly globalised world businesses are required to trade beyond national borders in order to remain competitive. This module, therefore, aims to introduce students to key legal aspects and other important themes in the area of international business relations. Business relations will cover both the relationship between two or more globally operating business entities or states. 

This module has a significant interdisciplinary focus covering the aspects of law, business, human rights, terrorism, culture and politics. Apart from its interdisciplinary nature, the module aims to provide a strong international component and will thereby allow the student to gain an international perspective. This module is practice-led in that it enables the student to acquire relevant theoretical knowledge components of the law and to apply it to actual issues in the field of International business.

The employability skills of students will be enhanced through the promotion of drafting skills and presentation skills as part of the delivery of the module. Case-studies will be utilised in order to transfer acquired theoretical knowledge into practical application. Students will thereby learn to evaluate and analyse relevant case-studies. 

International Intellectual Property Law
20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce you to a number of important themes in the area of international intellectual property law. More specifically, it is intended to provide you with an intellectually stimulating and academically rigorous education on the operation of intellectual property law at international level, and the challenges faced by the operation of that law.

In line with the programme aims and objectives, you will be required to engage in research and investigation into this topic, as part of studying law at a higher level. This module is practice-led in that provides you with the opportunities to study the theoretical basis of the law in this area, and discuss how the law applies to actual issues that have arisen in the international sphere in regards to intellectual property law.

The module will use the process of case-studies to transfer that theoretical knowledge into a practical application, including evaluation of the solutions arrived at. This module is interdisciplinary in the way it evaluates the legal issues in the context of business, economics, human rights, medicine and IT.

Our LLM is taught by an outstanding team of professionals. You must complete six taught modules and either a dissertation, project or placement.

The programme may be studied on-campus, or on a flexible/blended learning basis or by distance learning, allowing you to access it irrespective of your location. All three modes offer a coherent, staged and progressive learning structure in which you will benefit from teaching which is informed by the research expertise of our academic team. Our approach is experiential and practice-led and will give you opportunities to apply your learning and to develop skills to enhance your employability and career.

This programme will support you in becoming an independent learner during the teaching, learning and assessment process. During induction we will support you in developing key study skills.  Throughout the programme you will have the chance to complete activities which will enable you to practice legal skills including legal research, problem-solving, advocacy and drafting in order to develop and practice.

These activities also enable you to practice transferable skills including structuring and presenting arguments, working independently or in teams to complete tasks, oral and written communication, and time management. These skills will be valuable whatever your final choice of future career.

During the September and January terms you will study three 20-credit modules, thereafter you will study one 60-credit module: the LLM dissertation/placement/project module. The 20-credit Advanced Legal Research Methods module (studied in the January term) is delivered online via the Virtual Learning Environment, providing maximum flexibility.

For on-campus students there in an opportunity to study abroad in the January term and this offers a unique and exciting opportunity for you to experience the teaching environment from a different perspective, in another country, helping you to become a true globalised citizen. For all students further opportunities are also available to undertake a placement and obtain practical experience of how International Business Law operates.

If you choose to study on-campus in the September and January termsyou will benefit from a block of intensive face-to-face teaching near the start of each term, especially designed to get you off to a really strong start to each module. Throughout the two terms there will then be regular facilitated workshops which are interactive sessions designed to develop your knowledge, understanding and critical evaluation of directed pre-reading, with an emphasis on peer-led learning to develop your skills in legal analysis and evaluation.

We expect you to attend all teaching sessions as well as to read and prepare before these sessions. Good preparation will enable you to get the most from your contact time and will help you become an autonomous learner. Advance preparation is also a critical skill which you must develop if you wish to succeed in business or professional practice. 

When you progress to the dissertation/placement/project there will be a shorter block of intensive face-to-face teaching near the start followed by regular one-to-one sessions with your supervisor.

If you choose to study as a flexible/blended learning student you will attend sessions delivered in block of intensive face-to-face teaching near the start of each term, especially designed to get you off to a really strong start to each module. The intensive face-to-face sessions are delivered over one week in the September term and one week in the January term.

Throughout the rest of the term you will be provided with learning materials and learn through online activities, including participating in online discussion forums, webinars, and contact with your tutors through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Moodle. You will be expected to contribute to all online activities. This will include logging in and participating in webinars and discussion forums and completing other tasks assigned by your tutor.

For the LLM dissertation/placement/project there will be a shorter block of intensive face-to-face teaching near the start followed a one-to-one session with your supervisor. Subsequent supervisory sessions will be delivered using appropriate available means such as via telephone, the VLE or Skype.

If you choose to study by distance learning you will be able to benefit from the expertise of our academic team without being restricted by the need to attend on-campus. You will be provided with learning materials and learn through online activities, including participating in online discussion forums, webinars, and contact with your tutors through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Moodle.

You will be expected to contribute to all online activities. This will include logging in and participating in webinars and discussion forums and completing other tasks assigned by your tutor. In the LLM dissertation/placement/project module the supervisory sessions will be delivered using appropriate available means such as via telephone, the VLE or Skype. 

International Opportunities 

There is the opportunity to undertake a placement abroad as an alternative to a dissertation. 

Further Study

The LLM enables students to progress onto doctoral studies. A number of LLM studies have successfully obtained funding from the Midland 3Cities Doctoral Training Programme. 

Employment Opportunities

You will have the opportunity to undertake a placement or complete a project as an alternative to a dissertation.

In addition we have active, student-led Legal, Mooting and Debate Societies. Our Student Mooting Society is one of the most successful in England, with our students reaching five finals in the past six years, regularly beating teams from some of the country’s most prestigious universities.

We also have a staff and student led Pro-Bono Unit that provides legal advice to the public.


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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.

“I cannot say enough how the LLM in Corporate and Business programme at BCU has enhanced my career prospect. Not only were the lecturers very enthusiastic and knowledgeable, the seminar style of the course delivery was both refreshingly engaging and academically stimulating. The programme contributed in no small way to me securing a fully funded studentship for my PhD.”

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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.

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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.

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

Dr Ozlem Ulgen

Senior Lecturer in Law, Deputy Director of Research

Ozlem Ulgen is Deputy Director of Research and a Senior Lecturer in Law. She has conducted legal consultancy work for the South African State Attorney’s Department, the British Council in Chile and the Quebec provincial government.

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 and Tutor LLB Year 3

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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Suresh Birdi

Lecturer and Tutor LLB Year 2

Suresh Birdi currently teaches European Union Law, Law and Institutions of the European Union, International Trade and Dispute Resolution, Business & Human Rights, and Advanced Legal Research Methods for the School of Law.  

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