LLM International Business Corporate and Finance Law

Start date(s)
January 2023
September 2023
Study mode
Full-time (1 year)
Part-time (2 years)

Tuition fees 22/23 23/24

Home (full-time, per year): £7,950 £8,350

International (full-time, per year): £16,100 £16,900

Home (part-time, per year): £3,975 £4,175

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.

  • 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
  • Generous funding scholarships available for home and overseas students

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 programme is suited to graduates with backgrounds in different disciplines (Law and non-Law), as well as to new graduates and those returning to higher education. 

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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 purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)

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  • 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.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.

Rice-Jones Scholarship

The Rice-Jones Charitable Trust was set up by an individual who wanted to benefit postgraduate law students studying in the North-West of England. The ladys late husband and her father were both lawyers. This has inspired her to help students who show academic promise and a commitment to the legal profession, yet who may not have the financial support to undertake their studies. The The Rice-Jones Charitable Trust is registered with the Charity Commission: charity 117189. View the full details.

The Rice-Jones Scholarship will be offered to applicants who have accepted a place to study on a postgraduate law course including, but not limited to, the Graduate Diploma in Law, the Legal Practice Course, the Bar Professional Training Course or the Masters in Law.

For all 2022/23 applications, each award will total between 250 and 1500 towards study expenses. Awards granted will depend on the applications received.

The deadline for applications is 2 May 2022. Download your application form and view the terms and conditions.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) 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

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 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 are 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 Maritime Law
20 credits

This module aims to:

  • introduce the basics of International Maritime Law
  • develops a critical understanding of commercial maritime issues and adequacy of the published material in maritime law
  • help students consider the adequacy of the current legal structure of the modern maritime contract
  • facilitate critical assessment of contemporary issues surrounding the commercial vessel in law

International Mergers and Acquisitions Law
20 credits

The impact of mergers and acquisition activities affects every corporate constituent, namely shareholders of target and acquiring companies, employees, creditors, directors and managers. In addition, it has an impact on the community, suppliers and national economy.

This module exposes students to the role of acquisitions in promoting corporate value, and looks at how the interests of different stakeholders and national economic development can be affected by acquisitions. Importantly, students benefit from an understanding of how legal regulations can promote mergers and acquisitions activities without stifling market functions relative to the role of managers who pursue acquisitions as investment decisions in business entities.

International Investment Law
20 credits

This module aims to introduce students to the core substantive, institutional and conceptual foundations of Foreign Investment Law, as well as the broader economic, political and social implications of international investment Law. It also aims to provide a critical appreciation of the competing interests within the sphere of Investment Law and an introduction to the contemporary issues and debates within Investment 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 course offers students an opportunity to engage with a range of issues that are pertinent to this subject area.  Students will analyse theoretical and policy rationale for insolvency law and evaluate practice. 


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

Your study hours depend on the optional modules you choose. Typically your study pattern will include two study days, Mondays and Wednesdays.

An example of semester one study timetable in 2018/19:

• Mondays: International Corporate Finance Law, 11:00-13:00; Global Finance Law & Regulation, 13:00-15:00; International Trade and Finance Law, 15:00-17:00

• Wednesdays: International Corporate Insolvency, 11:00-13:00; International Corporate Governance, 13:00-15:00

The Core dissertation module 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, 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 qualified and former practitioners of law and internationally established experts in their field.

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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.

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

This course offers a range of specialised subjects, delivered by a committed and experienced team. Our students benefit from the high level of support we offer, and the opportunities to interact with peers from various academic, professional and cultural backgrounds.

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 PTE Academic requirements: 64 (minimum 59 in each component for UKVI purposes)
  • 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 Student visa cannot study part-time

Although most applicants will not be interviewed, we reserve the right to interview an applicant in exceptional circumstances where necessary to obtain further information to evaluate an application.

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

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

View country specific entry requirements

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.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.