International Business Law - LLM

Attendance:
Full Time
Starting:
September 2019, January 2020
Campus:
Fees:
£7,100 per year for UK/EU Full Time 2019 entry (view all fees)

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

LLM Masters Stage:

  • Dissertation/Live Project/Placement

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 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
  • 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 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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Our next Open Day for this course will take place on 29 June 2019. Visit us to see our facilities and speak to our staff and students.

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This course is open to International students

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Entry Requirements

UK students
Essential

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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Entry requirements here

International Students

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

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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
LLM Sep 2019 FT 1 year £7,100 per year
Jan 2020 FT 15 Months £7,100 per year

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
LLM Sep 2019 FT 1 year £12,300 per year
Jan 2020 FT 15 Months £12,300 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. 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.

The additional costs listed here are to be used for indicative purposes only and are based on the additional costs for the 2018/19 academic year. The additional costs for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible.

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

Modules

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dissertation, Live 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.

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

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.

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Conflict Resolution in 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.

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

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Corporate Compliance
20 credits

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.

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Please note list of optional modules is indicative only. Students’ choice will not be guaranteed for optional modules but a fair and transparent process will be adopted and shared with students.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.”

Mike Ogunmiluyi

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

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

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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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

Dr Nadia Naim

LLM International Business Law Course Director

Dr Nadia Naim is a Senior Lecturer in Law with expertise in Contract Law and International Business Law. Qualified Barrister and Fellow of the HEA.

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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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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

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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Dr Emilie Ghio

Lecturer in Law, Erasmus/Study Abroad Programme Coordinator

Dr Emilie Ghio is an active scholar with deep expertise in insolvency and rescue law, solid result-driven research background and expansive teaching experience at graduate and undergraduate level.

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Dr Nwanneka Ezechukwu

Lecturer in Law

Dr Nwanneka Ezechukwu holds a PhD in law from the University of Nottingham. Her thesis focused on consumer protection in innovative payment services, particularly mobile payments. She also holds an LLM (with distinction) in International Commercial Law from Cardiff University. 

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