LLM International Business Corporate and Finance Law

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Part-time (2 years)

Start date(s)

January 2019

September 2019

Tuition fees 18/19 19/20
Home (full-time, per year): £5,985 £6,600
Home (per credit): £33.25 £36.65
International (full-time, per year): £13,250 £13,950

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About this course

LJMU's innovative LLM in International Business Corporate and Finance Law examines legal issues affecting business organisations operating in a global environment.

  • Study on a programme approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board
  • Work alongside those employed in the legal, banking and finance sectors
  • Examine key legal issues affecting business organisations operating in a global context
  • Learn from tutors who have extensive experience with a variety of backgrounds and research interests
  • Benefit from the facilities in the £38 million Redmonds Building

This globally relevant field of law is the cornerstone for international business operations. Those developing their careers in business, law, banking and finance will benefit significantly from this dedicated postgraduate course of study.

Ideal for aspiring and developing financiers, lawyers, bankers and related corporate professionals, this programme aims to create a positive learning environment in which you can practice advanced scholarship and research. You will also gain academic and intellectual progression in a discrete area of international law.


The programme will give you the opportunity to critically analyse key themes of commercial and corporate law, set against an international backdrop and understand the complexities arising in this specialist field. It will challenge your thinking and stimulate your academic aspirations in the field of international business corporate and finance law.

The course suits new graduates as well as providing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Council.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

On graduation from this course you will be well placed to enter the job market with an international strategic focus. You will be able to apply for roles that consider risk, financial transactions and structures, markets and how businesses interact with the multiplicity of policies and procedures in a range of global contexts.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core Modules

Advanced Legal Research Methods
20 credits

This module teaches you how to draft a dissertation proposal and introduces some basic methodological issues for the research of International Business Law, building on the research undertaken to date and thereby preparing you for your LLM Dissertation and intensive independent learning.

60 credits

The dissertation module is the culmination of the whole programme of study, bringing together aspects of various learning skills in addition to those highlighted as specific learning outcomes. The module content is based around a negotiated topic area following discussions with tutors and introduced at a preliminary stage in the Advanced Legal Research Methods module as a Research Proposal.

Optional Modules

Global Financial Law and Regulation
20 credits

This module introduces you to global finance law, with scope for specialising in the assignment.

International Corporate Governance
20 credits

This module seeks to introduce you to the intellectual and practical background of corporate governance in the UK and beyond. It aims to:

  • provide an awareness and understanding of corporate governance through the critical examination of appropriate theoretical perspectives, models and practices
  • examine critically the intellectual, practical and theoretical background to the concept of corporate governance in the UK and other international jurisdictions
  • gain an understanding of the legal nature of corporations, their operations and global corporate governance failures and the reasons for such failures
  • demonstrate legal and extra-legal solutions to perceived problems with past and present corporate governance regimes
  • critically examine proposed future developments in and monitoring of corporate governance

International Labour Law
20 credits

This module aims to:

  • review the global nature of international labour regimes and the regulatory mechanism
  • investigate the link between international labour law; corporate governance and international trade
  • describe each of the rights encompassed by the term international labour and to consider the main legal elements pertinent to each right
  • review the operation of international labour regimes through specific industries
  • place your study within the broader setting of economic policy and commercial application
  • consider the importance of the law, policies and strategies regarding equality

International Trade and Finance Law
20 credits

This module allows you to critically analyse contemporary legal issues regarding international trade.

International Financial Crime
20 credits

The module allows you to undertake an analysis of the law as it relates to a range of contemporary issues in financial crime. It aims to provide knowledge and understanding:

  • of the impact of a range of financial crimes
  • plus analysis of attempts to curb financial crime and its impact

International Dispute Resolution
20 credits

This module provides a detailed understanding and analysis of the various laws, regulations and systems applicable to the dispute resolution process. It aims to:

  • provide a detailed understanding and analysis of the various laws, regulations and systems applicable to the dispute resolution process
  • identify potential risk areas of conflict and develop effective processes, procedures and strategies to limit exposure to disputes arising notably within business, corporate or commercial situations
  • increase the ability to create and implement action, highlight practices and manage disputes in both a national and international environment

International Corporate Finance Law
20 credits

As a business vehicle, the limited company is widely used. One of the reasons for its popularity is its ability to successfully raise business finance and diversify financial risk. All companies need to raise money to function successfully. And it is these issues of money which is the gravamen of international corporate finance law. An understanding of the ways in which companies can raise money, and the manner in which their money-raising activities are regulated, is central to an understanding of how companies function. Students taking this module have the opportunity to participate in wide-ranging but analytically precise discussions of international corporate finance law.

International Corporate Insolvency
20 credits

The potential/actual insolvency of companies has a bearing on many areas of commercial law. The globalisation of commerce has added to the importance of understanding what makes a good insolvency regime, current approaches to insolvency law issues, and the extent to which it is possible to reconcile differences between national regimes. This module offers students an opportunity to engage with a range of issues that are pertinent to this subject area.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

Your study hours depend entirely on the option modules you decide to study.

Typically your study pattern will include two study days, Mondays and Wednesdays.

An example of semester one study timetable in 2017/18:

  • Mondays: Advanced Legal Research Methods, 11:00-12:30; International Commercial Contracting, 13:00-15:00; International Trade and Finance Law, 15:00-17:00
  • Wednesdays: Global Finance Law and Regulation, 11:00-12:30; International IP Law, 13:00-15:00

The Core dissertation module runs across the year and is a supervised piece of independent study.

Teaching methods

The LLM is delivered by academics highly involved in research within their specific subject area, a blend of career young research active lecturers, 

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qualified and former practitioners of law and internationally established experts in their field.

Applied learning

This stand-alone qualification enables you to advance your career prospects through the acquisition of vocationally relevant knowledge and skills.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

All modules are assessed via coursework, with a final dissertation of 10-12,000 words.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Sarah Stirk

Sarah Stirk

Programme Leader

Sarah completed her LLB Hons at Warwick University before studying for an LLM at the College of William and Mary in the US. She then became the youngest person to qualify at the time as an Attorney in the State of Virginia and took up a post as a Criminal Defence Attorney. After several years of practice Sarah returned to the UK to cross qualify as a solicitor and work in Commercial Property Litigation. Before joining Liverpool John Moores, Sarah was a teaching fellow at the University of Exeter. Her main research interests lie in socio legal issues associated with access to Justice in the UK and USA. 

Sarah is currently pursuing a PhD which focuses on a comparative analysis of the problem of the jury as a democratic representation in ordinary criminal cases and the marginalisation of lay involvement in the criminal justice system.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

The School of Law is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. Redmonds Building is shared by two Schools within the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies – Liverpool Screen School and the School of Law - and the Liverpool Business School. This mixture of disciplines makes for a rich blend of student learning experiences. 

The building contains high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, and a café. It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 in a subject such as Law, Finance, Banking or Accounting


  • an equivalent professional qualification


  • equivalent previous work experience

Additional Information

  • IELTS 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson 50-57
  • RPL is accepted on this programme
  • International students applying to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU should check if they require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. Contact International Admissions Team for more details
  • International students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part-time

If you have any specific queries, please contact apsadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

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Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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