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Online LLM International Commercial Law

3 good reasons to study International Commercial Law at Salford:
  • Offers the highly prestigious Master’s of Laws qualification
  • Gives law graduates the opportunity to take taught modules in advanced international commercial law subjects
  • Learn in an internationally-orientated environment with access to a global network of like-minded professionals


Minimum 12 months, maximum three years

Course Summary

This course provides law graduates with the opportunity for advanced learning in key areas of international commercial law, including: International Sale of Goods, International Intellectual Property Law, International Corporate Law and Governance, and Advanced Contract Law and Negotiation.

Delivery is concentrated on a contextual business bias, and students benefit from the networking and employment prospects offered by a large and dynamic Business School.

At the final stage of study (through the Business Innovation Project) students will be able to choose whether to pursue a traditional research dissertation or a work-based project report based upon employment or a placement experience.

Course Details

Both in the UK and overseas the internationally focussed LLM is a ‘gold standard’ qualification for entry into the legal profession, as the focus of specialisation has increasingly shifted to international legal practice.

In the corporate business world, the LLM carries a similar cachet to the Executive MBA, while offering greater specialism in its content.

In many European jurisdictions, the LLM is a compulsory prerequisite for entry into the legal profession.

Students will take the modules below (four modules and final business innovation project/dissertation) in a sequence dependent on their start date.

International Law of the Sale of Goods
You will develop an in-depth understanding of the role of law in the sphere of international business transactions and acquire advanced knowledge, understanding and expertise in the law applicable to international agreements and their negotiation. You will develop a general range of transferable and generic skills in problem-solving and reasoning, negotiation, time-management and written and oral communication, as well as your capacity for critical analysis and logical thinking.
International Intellectual Property Law
You will learn about the fundamental legal concepts of Intellectual Property within a global commercial setting and about EU Intellectual Property Law and how it operates in a global context. You will also gain an in-depth understanding of the global regulation and policy-making that underpins the commercial exploitation of Intellectual Property Rights. You will develop a general range of transferable and generic skills in problem-solving and reasoning, negotiation, time-management and written and oral communication, as well as your capacity for critical analysis and logical thinking.
International Corporate Law and Governance
You will develop an understanding of the fundamental legal concepts that characterise corporate identity and activity in a global context and gain an advanced and analytical knowledge of the theoretical framework underpinning corporate governance theories and strategies, and the varied approaches to their regulation. You will apply in a comparative manner these concepts of corporate identity and corporate governance to at least two regional models of corporate governance (indicatively from Anglo-American, Western European and Asia-Pacific). You will be encouraged to think critically about theory and practice in an ethical and professional manner.
Advanced Contract Law and Negotiation
You will gain a thorough grounding in the major issues and perspectives of the law, with a particular focus on contractual terms relating to the international sale of goods, intellectual property rights and corporate arrangements. You will also get an overview of the strategic importance of skilled negotiation in the execution of trans-national business contracts. You will develop your knowledge of the strategies, tools and skills for effective negotiation of trans-national business contracts.
Business Innovation Project
Dissertation: a conventional dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words, consisting of research question, aims and objectives, rationale for undertaking the study, literature review, research methodology, analysis of findings, conclusions and recommendations.

Delivery Method

Blended learning mostly online via OnlineCampus (an interactive online learning environment) with intensive class discussion and collaboration, plus a one-week compulsory residency. The residency will be held in Salford or Zürich, Switzerland.


Strictly limited to 90 per term

Tuition Fees

10,000 CHF (Swiss Francs, approximately ). This includes library access, OnlineCampus access, graduation fees, and University of Salford matriculation fees. Fees are payable in interest free instalments over 12 months, however, the programme is not eligible for UK Postgraduate Loans for Master’s Study. The fees are for the entire programme, and include all the courses as well as supervision for the final innovation project.

The Residency costs, such as airfare and accomodation, plus a 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs, approximately ) tuition fee for the residency, and some of the textbooks that you will need for the course are not included in these fees.

Worldwide Recognition

All the University of Salford M.Sc. degrees programme offered online are recognised worldwide. The University of Salford received a Royal Charter in 1967 by Her Majesty the Queen. The University of Salford is fully recognised by the British Government.

Admission Requirements

Normally a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent.

A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted either in partial or complete fulfilment of entry requirements.

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

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