International Business Corporate and Finance Law

International Business Corporate and Finance Law LLM (Master of Laws)

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £5,985
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £33.25 per credit
International full time annual tuition fee: £13,250

Course type



School of Law

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

This innovative taught LLM degree examines legal issues affecting business organisations operating in a global environment through a discrete programme of study in specific areas of international business, corporate, banking and finance law. Approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board, the course offers a range of modules taught by subject specialists.

  • Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
  • Available for January and September starts - applications now open to start in January 2019
  • Designed specifically for those working in the field of law, banking and financial services
  • Examines key legal issues affecting business organisations operating in a global context
  • Tutors have extensive experience with a variety of backgrounds and research interests
  • Suits new graduates as well as providing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as approved by Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Council

As a French student, I was looking for a way to stand out in the job market. That is why I chose the LLM International Business, Corporate and Finance Law at LJMU. After the one year course I know I made the right choice.

Alizee Grange, graduate

I picked LJMU because there were not many Masters degrees that catered specifically to corporate law in my home country of Ireland and when I researched this course it seemed perfect for me. Liverpool is a very short flight from Dublin and the UK uses a common law system the very same as Ireland. When I researched LJMU I read very good reviews online so my brother and I decided to enrol.

Cormac Ryan, graduate

Introduction to the School

The School of Law offers a range of opportunities for you to play an active part in an evolving, dynamic, and engaging postgraduate culture.

The School has a long-standing reputation for providing professional, practitioner, and work-related learning opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students alike. The School's academic team are a mixture of research active lecturers, qualified and former practitioners of law and criminal justice services, and internationally established leading experts in their field.

Through its portfolio of postgraduate courses and the enthusiastic support and guidance of a dynamic and dedicated staff group, the School offers a stimulating and rewarding environment for postgraduate study, where work related skills development is seen as a priority.

Research excellence

In the 2014 REF, research submitted by LJMU’s School of Law was ranked 4th in the UK’s Post-92 universities, with over 97% of its work either recognised internationally, or considered as internationally excellent. This research helps ensure that our postgraduate courses are positioned at the vanguard of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to study alongside leading experts.

Why study this course at LJMU?

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, the aim of this programme is to create a positive learning environment for students in which to practice advanced scholarship and research and gain academic and intellectual progression in a discrete area of international law, together with the acquisition of specific knowledge and skills.

On graduation you will be well placed to enter the job market with an international strategic focus and the ability 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.

Programme outline and structure

This Masters of Laws programme focuses on specific areas of international business, corporate, banking and finance law.

It is a stand-alone qualification for those who wish to enhance their career prospects through acquiring vocationally relevant knowledge and skills in this particular field.

If you want to study the LLM but do not have a background in law, or if you who would prefer to refresh your legal studies, there is a short pre-course of study: Law for Non-Lawyers. This is not assessed but may be mandatory if you do not have a first degree in law.

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. Members of staff at the School of Law carry out research in Law (UK, International and Dispute Resolution) and Criminal Justice.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 7

  • International trade and finance law
  • International commercial contracting
  • Global finance law and regulation
  • Theory and practice of international corporate governance
  • Financial services and financial crime
  • Advanced legal research methods
  • Postgraduate dissertation in international law
  • International intellectual property law
  • International dispute resolution
  • International environmental law
  • International labour law
  • International maritime law
  • Risk management

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

How will I be assessed?

Our expert academics have designed your assessed work to ensure that you fulfil your potential at this important stage of your development as a postgraduate student in this rich and interesting area of law

All module assessments are through coursework only, with a final dissertation of 10-12,000 words.

Staff research interests

Members of staff at the School of Law carry out research in two different fields: Law – UK and International, and Criminal Justice.

Research in Law includes the following areas:

  • corporate governance
  • banking and finance
  • global finance law
  • financial services and financial crime
  • obligations
  • media law
  • comparative private/public law
  • EU law
  • international law
  • commercial law
  • ADR
  • sports law
  • German public law
  • Italian public law
  • medical ethics
  • bioethics
  • legal theory
  • human rights
  • criminal law
  • terrorism
  • police powers
  • trans-national crime
  • family law
  • law and religion
  • legal history

Research in Criminal Justice includes the following areas:

  • organisation and governance of the National Probation Service and HM Prison Service
  • community penalties
  • surveillance and social control
  • multi-agency approach to crime prevention
  • international politics of crime control
  • application of criminological theories to practice
  • justice in England and Wales
  • youth Justice bail service
  • crimes of the powerful (including corporate crime and state crime)
  • sentencing policy and practice
  • criminal justice policy and relationship between policy and research
  • relationships between the police and the public
  • sex offenders
  • drug users
  • effectiveness in probation intervention
  • mentally disordered offenders

Entry requirements (Home)

In order to be considered for this degree, you will need to have:

  • An appropriate honours degree e.g. in Law, Finance, Banking or Accounting or a professional qualification deemed to be equivalent to an appropriate honours degree.
  • Degree classification: 2:2.
  • Qualifications and previous work experience deemed to be equivalent to the above entry requirements and in suitable areas linked to the award.


International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications and must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, via an IELTS test with a score of 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component) or equivalent.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.  In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Will I be interviewed?



6.0 (Min 5.5 in each component)



Is RPL accepted on this programme?


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

Financial support

Tuition fees

All students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or in instalments. If you need advice about how to pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team.

Hodgson Law Scholarships

Hodgson Law Scholarships have been initiated after the death of Elizabeth Hodgson pursuant to the Hodgson Will Trust.  The Hodgson Trustees have resolved to set up a scheme of Hodgson Law Scholars to be selected through a Selection Committee.  All University tuition fees will be paid on the Hodgson Law Scholars' behalf by the Hodgson Trustees.  In addition, each Hodgson Law Scholar will receive a maintenance allowance of £6,000 as a contribution towards their living expenses in the United Kingdom. 

The Hodgson Law Scholarships are not available to applicants who are residents of the European Union, including the United Kingdom, and Hodgson Law Scholars are not eligible for other scholarships or bursaries at the University.

Further information about the Scholarships and the application process is available at:

The Rice-Jones Scholarships

The Rice-Jones Scholarship ("the Scholarship") is open to any individual studying in the North-West of England who can demonstrate academic promise, commitment to the legal profession and financial need. It is expected that entrants will have accepted a place to study a postgraduate law course, including but not limited to the Graduate Diploma in Law, Legal Practice Course, Bar Professional Training Course or Masters in Law. Applicants should be intending to enrol on the course in the academic year following the year in which the application is made. The award can be from £1,000 to full course fees and maintenance provisions.

To apply for the Scholarship, please email and request an application form and terms and conditions for the scholarship.

To be considered, applications must be received after Friday 1 September 2017 and before Tuesday 1 May 2018. We will contact you to let you know if you have been invited for interview. Interviews will take place during the week commencing 25 June 2018. Following your interview, we will let you know within two weeks if you have been successful. Any award would be made in respect of the 2018-19 academic year only.

PLEASE NOTE: LJMU does not administer the applications for these scholarships, therefore completed applications must be returned to : Jonathan Riley, Michelmores LLP, Woodwater House, Pynes Hill, Exeter EX2 5WR or email an electronic copy to


Funding sources

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Graduate employment

The LLM in International Business Corporate and Finance Law is designed for people in the field of law, business, banking and financial services for their career development and advancement.

It is a professionally focused programme, designed to provide advanced knowledge and skills directly relevant to the international and commercial sector through the delivery of stimulating course content underpinned in many areas by internationally recognised research.

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 LLM is designed specifically to enable you to:

  • gain an understanding of the importance of an overall legal and commercial awareness necessary for the areas of international business and finance    
  • develop the advanced knowledge and skills required to perform in senior functional or general management roles
  • gain an international insight by the comparative approach adopted through discussion from other countries’ perspectives
  • gain strategic knowledge from the subjects selected for their particular learning profile
  • understand the basis of research as a fundamental tool in the enhancement of knowledge within this topic area.

The LLM will give you the knowledge and critical skills required to effectively contribute to operational and strategic decision making processes within organisations.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.


LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here:

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

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.

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