LLM International Business Law

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Reasons to study International Business Law LLM at DMU:

The course provides you with a thorough ground in all aspects of business law and is taught by staff with extensive expertise in many legal fields. The course is suitable for graduates in either business or law and for international, EU and UK students. 

  • Specialise in business law
    Gain a competitive edge by increasing your knowledge of business law. You will have the opportunity to learn about the common law and civil law approaches to business law to prepare for international employment.
  • Design your own course
    The diverse range of specialist modules within the course will allow you to tailor your studies to meet your career aspirations.
  • Excellent student experience
    Enjoy a diverse learning experience with students from other legal systems.
  • Widen your career options
    This course will prepare you for employment in international fields such as management, exporting and consultancy or academia.
  • Academic expertise
    Learn from lecturers with extensive academic international experience from a wide variety of backgrounds. In addition to academic and research expertise, the teaching team also includes experienced legal practitioners. This gives the course a balance of practical and academic focus. 


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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Programme code: M20076

Start date: September 2019

Duration: One year full-time or two years part-time

Location of study: Leicester De Montfort Law School, Hugh Aston Building

Fees and funding: 

2019/20 entry: £10,250

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Programme code: M20076

Start date: September 2019

Duration: One year full-time or two years part-time

Location of study: Leicester De Montfort Law School, Hugh Aston Building


Fees and funding:

2019/20 entry: £13,600

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.



Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

Applicants will normally hold an undergraduate degree in a law or business-related subject with a minimum pass of 2:2, or equivalent overseas qualification. No work experience is required.

In exceptional cases, applicants without a related degree but with extensive legal or business experience will be considered.

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

English language tuition is available at DMU both before and during the course, if required.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours


Course modules

The course begins with an induction week with a range of sessions introducing the course, library resources, the optional modules (with a view to assisting you in your choice of options), research skills and general orientation sessions. You will also be allocated a personal tutor.

Following the induction week, you will study two core modules:

Introduction to Comparative Business Law – introduces you to common law and civil law legal systems, and compares and contrasts their different approaches to legislative interpretation, use of precedent and codification. It also examines the role of European Union law in attempting to harmonise the law relating to contract.

Research Methods – this module looks at the main methods of social science research, including qualitative and quantitative. It considers the elements of valid and reliable research and the various approaches that can be considered in designing a research strategy. Technical skills of research in law in the UK and EU will also be covered.

You must also select a further 90 credits of taught modules for study in the first and second semesters in accordance with your interests and needs from a range of 15 and 30-credit optional modules. As you have chosen the international business law pathway, at least 30 credits must be selected from one or more of the following modules with an international business law emphasis:

  • International Sales Law (15 credits) – covers international trade contracts, Incoterms, the Vienna Convention, modes of trade finance, payment and resolution of trade disputes
  • International Carriage of Goods (15 credits) - looks at bills of lading and other shipping documents, international carriage of goods conventions, including Hague Visby, Hamburg and Rotterdam Rules as well as problems of multimodal transport
  • International Exploitation of Intellectual Property Rights (15 credits) - examines the nature of intellectual property (IP) law, evaluates its justifications and explores the global structure of international IP law. You will focus on: the agreement on Trade Related Aspects of IP (TRIPS) 1994; the Berne Convention; the Madrid Protocol and the European competition law that effects its exploitation. This module also investigates: the Community Design Regime, the Community Trade Mark; the national structure of copyright and patent; issues of international enforcement specific to IP; and the comparative differences in US law. You will also look at the international agreements for IP licensing and distributorship, including the impact of EU competition law upon them and review of the exploitation of image rights across all IP fields
  • Private International Law (15 credits) studies domicile, jurisdiction under EU and traditional rules, choice of law and enforcement of judgments
  • EU Competition Law 1 (15 credits) - explores the economics of competition, the scope of EU competition law, abuse of a dominant position (Article 102), prohibition against restrictive practices (Article 101) and vertical agreements
  • EU Competition Law 2 (15 credits) - studies merger control, public enforcement, private enforcement and state aid. Completion of EU Competition Law 1 is a pre-condition for study of this module
  • European E-Commerce Law (15 credits) - looks at how the internet works and the legal problems that arise from it. You will explore how contracts are formed electronically, the Brussels Regulations on Jurisdiction, the Rome Regulation on choice of law and the EU’s e-commerce regulations and directives. This module also covers e-signatures, payment for goods and services over the internet, the Distance Selling directive, the sale and supply of goods to consumers, spam, data protection, on-line market places and what to do if a transaction goes wrong

You must also complete a 15,000 word dissertation (60 credits) over the summer period on a topic that is relevant to an aspect of international business law. This provides you with an excellent opportunity to study an aspect of international business law that is of particular interest to you.


Note: Please note that modules are offered subject to minimum demand and availability of staff and may change each year. All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Teaching and assessment

A range of teaching and learning methods will be employed as appropriate to each module. The methods may include seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions and e-learning packages. Assessment is by means of coursework and dissertation.

Teaching contact hours

This is a full-time course and in total you should be prepared to devote approximately 38 hours a week to your studies. You will typically have up to 14 hours contact hours of teaching most weeks for semester 1 and 2. Teaching is through a mix of lecturers, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activities is shown in each module description.

In addition each module provides a 2 hour surgery each week available for individual consultation with the lecturer. You may also have some scheduled meetings with your programme leader, personal tutor, and/or careers throughout the year to discuss your academic progress and personal development.

Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to make regular use of our on-line resources, participate in classroom discussions including on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study, revision and reflection for approximately 24 hours per work during semester 1 and 2.

In semester 3, you will undertake independent research for your dissertation and again should typically allow around 38 hours per week for this. You will be allocated a dedicated academic supervisor to support you, who you will be able to contact on a regular basis.

Students will take 90 credits each year and follow the same timetable as the full time students, but spread thinner. Dissertations will be completed in year 2 along with one 30 or two 15 credit taught modules. This will allow students who need to work to pay for an LLM to do so.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will be taught in our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building.

Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.

Library services

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Opportunities and careers



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.


Graduate careers

Thanks to the staff expertise and the mentoring element of the course, the Law School maintains close links with both local and national companies.

This offers graduates a host of opportunities when seeking employment. The LLM is a good preparation for PhD study for those seeking academic careers.

An understanding of International Business Law is relevant to those seeking careers in exporting and International Business in addition to law. 

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