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 2017
- 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
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.
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.
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
- media law
- comparative private/public law
- EU law
- international law
- commercial law
- sports law
- German public law
- Italian public law
- medical ethics
- legal theory
- human rights
- criminal law
- 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.
6.0 (Min 5.5 in each component)
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
All full and part-time 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 pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding
Postgraduate loans for students from England, Wales and the EU
Postgraduate Masters loans are available for those studying in the 2017/18 academic year. The new government loans, of up to £10,280, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses. To be eligible part time courses need to be studied at 50% intensity. Personal Eligibility is based on your age, your residency and if you have studied at Masters level previously.
Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to:-
Postgraduate Loans for students from Northern Ireland
The Northern Irish government is also introducing a loan for students commencing postgraduate study from September 2017 onwards. Unlike the loan for students from England and Wales this scheme offers a loan for tuition fees only with no funding available from the NI government for living costs. The loan for tuition fees will be paid direct to LJMU.
The maximum loan for those starting in 2017 is £5,500 per course. Please note this means in some instances the loan will not cover your tuition fees in full and you will need to make alternative arrangements to pay the balance as well as source funding for your living costs.
LJMU Alumni Award
Alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).
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: http://hodgsonlawscholarships.com/index.html
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre
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 email@example.com and request an application form and terms and conditions for the scholarship.
To be considered applications must be received before Sunday 1 May 2017. Short-listed applicants will then be invited to attend interview week commencing 26 June 2017.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
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 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 www.ljmu.ac.uk/international 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: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
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
English for Postgraduate courses bursary
A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.
This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where 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.
Further guidance on programme changes