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LLM International Business Law

Delivered 100% online and part-time, so you can fit studying around your existing work and family commitments

University of Essex Online


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2 years · Self-paced
Level 7 Master's degree
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This course is aimed at a wide range of legal and non-legal professionals who want to progress to a high-level career in an international law firm, multinational company or governmental/non-governmental organisation (among others). Delivered 100% online and part-time, the course is also assignment-based, which means there are no exams to sit.


Level 7 Master's degree
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Course content

The LLM International Business Law is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 180 credits.

  • International Business Law (20 credits)
  • Law of the World Trade Organisation (20 credits)
  • International Competition Law (20 credits)
  • Legal Research Skills and Methods (20 credits)
  • International Business Law Dissertation (60 credits)
  • Optional modules (choose two)
  • Commercial Conflict of Laws (20 credits)
  • Intellectual Property Law (20 credits)
  • International Commercial Arbitration Dispute Resolution (20 credits)

Shorter awards are available for this course; the 16-month postgraduate diploma (PG Dip) at 120 credits and the 8-month postgraduate certificate (PG Cert) at 60 credits.

Online learning environment

This course is delivered 100% online, part-time, providing you with the flexibility to fit your studies around work and other commitments. You’ll receive access to a cutting-edge virtual learning platform, where you can access core learning materials, lectures and seminars, as well as interact with tutors and other students.


This programme is assessed entirely by written coursework, which means there are no exams to sit. You’ll also benefit from seeing your provisional mark from the beginning of the course, which helps to evaluate your study approach and identify areas to improve.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at a wide range of legal and non-legal professionals looking to strengthen their transferable skills and enhance their career prospects in international law firms, multinational companies and governmental/non-governmental organisations.

This degree would be beneficial for individuals including:

  • in-house commercial solicitors
  • contracts professionals
  • senior management
  • human resources
  • insurance companies
  • investment companies
  • businesses involved in export/import
  • small business owners
  • those seeking an academic career in law
  • qualified solicitors or barristers looking to meet their annual CPD requirements


There are flexible entry requirements for this course that consider both applicants’ academic and work experience. Please contact us for detailed information about the entry routes for this course.

Career path

If you’ve previously studied a PG Cert or PG Dip, the LLM will further expand your knowledge. It will also help to progress your career to a higher level or study for a PhD.

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Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body's logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.