About this course
LJMU's MSc/LLM International Corporate Law and Management programme is a new collaboration between the School of Law and Liverpool Business School.
- Embark on this specialist one year programme combining research-led teaching from the School of Law and Liverpool Business School
- Study in LJMU's Redmonds Building in the heart of Liverpool's Knowledge Quarter
- An ideal choice for overseas study to convert your existing degree or build on your work experience
- Benefit from a flexible range of option modules
This programme combines academic analysis with practical application to provide an in-depth understanding of the critical issues at the intersection of law and business management. It is difficult to understand the development of business, the intricacies of firm value, and the reasons for the success and failure of a corporation without a thorough understanding of the regulatory and legal environment within which business activity takes place.
Throughout the MA you will develop some of the skills and dispositions of professionals in a contemporary business environment. You will be exposed to cutting-edge research and practitioner insights in both law and business management, drawing on visiting scholars as well as the expertise from the two Faculties. Graduates will be well qualified for a wide range of career destinations.
The programme aims to attract candidates who are intellectually curious and diverse in background and career ambitions. Applicants should share at least two things:
- an enthusiasm for the advanced study of law and business management
- the intention to apply the fruits of your studies in your future careers
We are also interested in hearing from those who have come from employment and those coming directly from their university studies - a mix that makes for an engaging and dynamic learning environment.
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
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)
- 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.
Hodgson Law Scholarship
The Hodgson Law Scholarship was made possible through the generosity of Elizabeth Hodgson, widow of Liverpool Solicitor Joseph Hodgson, who wanted to advance the education and training of lawyers working for the benefit of Merseyside. Hodgson Law Scholars benefit from a Liverpool-based education. The scholarship aims to encourage the intellectual growth of promising law students and the nurturing of close links with the City of Liverpool and the Liverpool City Region.
- The Scholarship is only available to prospective Overseas candidates (i.e. non UK, non EU) intending to pursue a postgraduate taught degree in law at Liverpool John Moores University
- The Scholarship includes full tuition fees for a full-time postgraduate taught degree in law (LLM), and a stipend of £9,135
- Applicants must have completed or be in the final year of completion of a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
- The degree must be a minimum 2.1 (or equivalent)
- Applicants must have an excellent standard of English
Applicants must be able to demonstrate:
- academic excellence
- evidence of an interest in legal and public service which may benefit the Liverpool City Region
- potential and ambition for future leadership
- that they are not otherwise able to undertake a postgraduate degree at either Liverpool John Moores University or the University of Liverpool
Further details and an application form are available on the Hodgson Law Scholarship website
How to apply
Simply complete and submit the application form electronically to Alison Lui at LJMU.
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 lady’s 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 2020/21 applications, each award will total between £250 and £1500 towards study expenses. Awards granted will depend on the applications received.
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.
The programme is designed to advance your careers, whether in direct legal practice or a wider international commercial environment. We anticipate that our graduates will go on to develop successful careers in roles such as: Chief Legal Officer; Management Consultant; Managing Director; Department Manager; Business Unit Manager; Solicitor; Barrister and Academic.
Throughout the metamorphosis from student to postgraduate, there is a wide range of different types of support available to you. You will be equipped with the necessary tool kit to apply what you learn at the intersection of law and business to your future careers.
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.
Advanced Legal Research Methods
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.
The core dissertation module runs across the year and is a supervised piece of independent study.
Global Financial Law and Regulation
This module introduces you to global finance law, with scope for specialising in the assignment.
International Corporate Finance Law
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 Trade and Finance Law
This module allows you to critically analyse contemporary legal issues regarding international trade.
International Corporate Governance
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 Corporate Insolvency
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.
Management Theory and Leadership
This module covers leadership and management. It provides a contemporary and comprehensive introduction to the principal ideas and developments in this area.
This module aims to introduce you to the strategic management process in a range of organisational contexts which integrate the other modules and provide a platform for the practice and study of business activities. It introduces you to the strategy process; tools and techniques used within this discipline and contextual differences which affect strategic decision making in particular organisations. It enables you to develop practical skills in the strategic management process that will benefit you in the workplace and helps you to develop skills in the application of the models and tools of strategic management.
This module provides a practical approach to develop an evidence-based portfolio of skills necessary in associate-level management. It aims to develop proficiency in core associate-level management competencies and awareness of the holistic, inter-related functional dependencies within a business environment which enable informed management decision making.
Strategic HR and Leadership
This module will provide strategic knowledge related to HR organisation and policy, including leadership. It enables you to critically evaluate HR's role within an organisation and its contribution to HR strategy.
An insight into teaching on your course
Your study hours depend entirely on the option modules you decide to study. Typically, for the first semester, your study pattern will include two study days: Mondays and Wednesdays.
The first semester introduces you to the institutions that shape the regulations and laws governing business, the justification for regulatory and legal intervention, as well as the content and operation of specific lines of regulation and law. In semester one, you will choose three law electives from a tailored menu of options. These modules act as the fulcrum for the programme as a whole. In the second semester, you will select two electives from Liverpool Business School’s portfolio of option modules. Against the legal background developed in the first semester, you will explore a variety of fascinating questions affecting businesses with a strong emphasis on practice and applications to business management problems.
Learning will be divided between the School of Law and Liverpool Business School and will include various seminar and workshop settings, where students and academics will discuss issues relating to the key module learning outcomes.
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.
Typically, modules on this programme are assessed via coursework, with a final dissertation of 10,000 - 12,000 words. You will also be assessed on your transferable skills through a range of formative and summative assessment techniques employed throughout the programme.
Richard holds degrees from the University of Oxford and Liverpool John Moores University. He is module leader for the following on the LLM in International Business Corporate and Finance Law: Global Financial Law and Regulation; International Corporate Finance Law; and; Legal Research. On the LLB, he is module leader of Remedies in Contract, Tort, and Restitution as well as Media Law. Richard is a Humane Studies Fellow, and Bernard Marcus Fellow, at the Institute of Humane Studies, and is the recipient of a Charles Koch Foundation Dissertation Award. He is also a former associate editor of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
The most rewarding aspect of my role is honouring future leaders of law and business with a career-accelerating Masters degree.
What you can expect from your School
The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. Redmonds is shared by two Schools within the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies – Liverpool Screen School and the School of Law - and Liverpool Business School, making for a rich blend of student learning experiences. The building is home to 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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You will need:
- a minimum 2:2 Honours degree in an appropriate subject e.g. in Law, Finance, Business, Business Management, Banking or Accounting
- a professional qualification deemed to be equivalent to an appropriate Honours degree
- qualifications and previous work experience deemed to be equivalent to the above entry requirements and in suitable areas linked to the award
- IELTS 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
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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