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International Business Law - LLM *

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 will acquire knowledge and understanding of the aspects of substantive and procedural law....

Studying with us in 2021/22 and 2022/23

The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses.  Information about the arrangements for the 2021/22 academic year can be found here.  

 

Should the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continue in the 2022/23 academic year or subsequent years of your course, any additional and/or alternative arrangements put in place by the University in response will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

  • Level Postgraduate Taught
  • Study mode Full Time
  • Location City Centre
  • School School of Law
  • Faculty Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Overview

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 will acquire knowledge and understanding of the aspects of substantive and procedural law.

You will study all the key areas of International Business Law:

Core taught modules:

  • International Corporate Law
  • Transnational Commercial Law
  • Corporate Criminality and Tax Evasion
  • Advanced Legal Research Methods

Two optional modules from the list below:

  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • Conflict Resolution in Business
  • Global Comparative Competition Law
  • Corporate Compliance
  • Comparative International Corporate Insolvency Law

LLM Masters Stage:

  • Dissertation/Live Project/Placement

Professional Placement option

For our International Law LLM degrees, you will have the opportunity to take the Professional Placement version of the course, which is offered as an alternative to the standard version of the course.

This will allow you to complete a credit bearing, 20 week Professional Placement as an integral part of your Master’s Degree. The purpose of the Professional Placement is to improve your employability and transferable skills. The placement experience will allow you to evidence your professional skills, attitudes and behaviours at the point of entry to the postgraduate job market.

You will be responsible for finding and securing your own placement. The University, however, will draw on its extensive network of local, regional and national employers to support you in finding a suitable placement to complement your chosen area of study, with support from our Careers+ team as well as advice and guidance from your School.

Please note that placements will only be confirmed following a competitive, employer-led selection process, therefore the University will not be able to guarantee placements for students who have registered for the ‘with Professional Placement’ course.

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This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this 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 course 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.
  • You don’t need a degree in Law to be eligible to study this course.
  • The course covers transnational jurisdictions, so it is international in scope
  • 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
  • Our Law Clinic can give you opportunities to volunteer with local charitable legal advice providers and to work alongside legal professionals undertaking pro-bono work, allowing you to make a genuine difference to the lives of Birmingham residents.
  • 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. 

Find out more

Entry Requirements

Essential Requirements
Typical Offers (UK Students)

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

Additional information for EU/International students
Essential

Applications from international applicants with equivalent qualifications are welcome. Please see your country page for further details on the equivalent qualifications we accept.

In additional to the academic entry requirements listed above, international and EU students will also require the qualifications detailed in this table.

English language requirements 2020/21
IELTS

6.5 overall with 6.0 minimum in all bands

If you do not meet the required IELTS score, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English courses. Please note that you must have a Secure English Language Test (SELT) to study on the pre-sessional English course. More information.

Other accepted qualifications Visit our English language page

Fees & How to Apply

  • International students

Award: LLM

Starting: Sep 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • £7,900 per year
  • Full Time
  • 18 Months (Professional Placement)
  • £8,690 per year

Award: LLM

Starting: Jan 2023

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 15 Months
  • £7,900 per year
  • Full Time
  • 18 Months (Professional Placement)
  • £8,690 per year

Award: LLM

Starting: Sep 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • £16,300 per year
  • Full Time
  • 18 Months (Professional Placement)
  • £17,930 per year

Award: LLM

Starting: Jan 2023

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 15 Months
  • £16,300 per year
  • Full Time
  • 18 Months (Professional Placement)
  • £17,930 per 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.

Access to computer equipment

You will require use of a laptop, and most students do prefer to have their own. However, you can borrow a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms.

Printing

You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.

Field trips

All essential field trips and associated travel costs will be included in your course fees.

Access to Microsoft Office 365

Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.

Key software

You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.

Key subscriptions

Subscriptions to key journals and websites and available through our library. We also offer access to Westlaw, Lexis, HeinOnline and other legal databases.

Free access to Rosetta Stone

All students can sign up to the online learning language platform for free through the Graduate+ scheme.

Free Adobe Creative Cloud Licence

Students studying on a course with a requirement to use Adobe software can request a free licence to install the entire suite of applications on up to two personal devices.

Excess printing (optional)

Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.

Books

Some modules may suggest that you purchase a key textbook. All module key texts will be in the University library, but in limited numbers. Many students choose to purchase a copy.

Optional field trips

This course may include the option of additional trips that may enhance your experience.

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.

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.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

Course in Depth

Modules

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 140 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 40 credits from the following indicative list of OPTIONAL modules:

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.

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.

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 other international law in order to compare and contrast the legal systems.

International firms are often subject to several international and domestic regimes which determine the acceptable standards of business behaviour. Corporate compliance revolves around how firms respond to the legal and regulatory requirements applicable to their business activities. This module aims to provide a theoretical foundation for compliance requirements. Hence, the module provides a contextualised discussion on the theoretical justifications for regulatory intervention in business activities.

This module aims to provide you with the tools to understand, analyse and question the development of insolvency and restructuring methods and practices in selected jurisdictions, as well as at international level. International insolvency law is currently a hotly debated topic, due to the number of famous insolvency cases soaring across the world. The differences across jurisdiction in the balance struck between the protection of companies and their employees against the rights of their creditors will be scrutinised.

This module critically considers the complex relationship between international and regional trade law and practice on the one hand and the protection and promotion of labour rights and social goals on the other. This module therefore considers questions of applied forms of human rights and social values and the realities of international trade and business.

The module will consider the contested justifications for labour rights and their protection at national, regional and international level, as well as the major regional and international sources of labour law. It will seek to understand the effectiveness of these different models and their relationship with different sources of international trade law and economic and investor rights.

The module aims to develop an understanding of the legal and ethical challenges posed by artificial intelligence and robotics technologies, along with consideration of appropriate legal and regulatory responses. It provides a philosophical and legal framework for considering concepts and principles that relate to the development and use of such technologies.

It considers different legal and regulatory governance regimes at the international, regional, and national levels. It explores the application and impact of artificial intelligence and robotics in four real-life scenarios: lethal autonomous weapons systems in warfare; automated and algorithmic decision-making in business and finance; autonomous cars and liability; aging population and healthcare robots.

All core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

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

All 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 course 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 course 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.

Throughout the two terms there will 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 regular one-to-one sessions with your supervisor.

Employability

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.

OpportUNIty

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.

International Students

The School of Law at Birmingham City University is home to students from a wide number of countries studying on traditional degree programmes and short-term international courses both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

A legal education at Birmingham City University is widely recognised and many of our international students return to their home country to either pursue legal practice or requisite professional qualifications in their jurisdiction.

As a law student you will not only develop and refine knowledge in discrete areas of English and international law but also develop key transferable skills designed to enhance your employability profile. Many international students have travelled thousands of miles to study at Birmingham City University and the School offers you an engaging and diverse study experience based in the city of Birmingham which is the second largest city in the UK.

Due to our proximity close to the legal and business district of the city we enjoy strong links with Birmingham Law Society and law firms around the West Midlands. The benefit of these links is passed directly onto you so that you can enhance your network of contacts whilst seeking relevant legal practice experience to enhance your employability profile.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Facilities and Staff

Curzon facilities eatery
Curzon facilities staircase
Curzon facilities student hub

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

Our staff

Dr Ozlem Ulgen

Reader in International Law and Ethics

Dr Ozlem Ulgen is Reader in International Law and Ethics in the School of Law. She holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham and her research interests lie in the area of regulation of artificial intelligence and robotics.

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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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Suresh Birdi

Senior Lecturer in Law / Director of International Business Law Research Group

Suresh Birdi is a Senior lecturer in Law and is the course director for the LLM International Business Law Course. Suresh has taught upon many degree courses including LL.B, B.A, GDL, PGDL, LL.M and other short courses. 

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Dr Emilie Ghio

Lecturer in Law

Dr Emilie Ghio is a lecturer in Law with sophisticated expertise in business, corporate and commercial law subjects and significant teaching experience at postgraduate and undergraduate level.

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Dr Alan Ma

Lecturer

Dr Alan Ma is a lecturer in Law at Birmingham City University. He is dual-qualified in Engineering and Law with in-house and private practice experience. He is a qualified (non-practising) solicitor in England and Wales, and Scotland. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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