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LLM International Business Law / Business Law / Law

Discover the varied aspects of business law and regulations in domestic and international contexts, with a diverse range of modules to suit your career aspirations, whether they are in law, management, exporting, consultancy, or academia.  

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Our flexible LLM gives you the freedom to tailor your studies to suit your career aspirations, and graduate with an LLM in International Business Law, Business Law or Law depending on the modules you choose and the subject of your dissertation. On this course you will delve deeper into core aspects of business law and regulations in domestic and international contexts. We will introduce you to common law and civil law legal systems, and compare approaches to legislative interpretation, use of precedent and codification.  

From international trade contracts to the international exploitation of intellectual property rights, or examination of how the internet works and the legal problems that arise from it, the areas of study we offer within the international private corporate and commercial law specialism are vast and specialised.  

Our diverse range of modules equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to develop your career, whether you want to work in law, management, exporting, consultancy, or academia. Study in a setting that encourages debate and meaningful discussions on international business practices, and protections that the law gives. Your learning will also benefit from the close links that Leicester De Montfort Law School maintains with local and national companies. 

Key features

  • Gain an edge in this competitive field and set yourself up for international employment opportunities by learning in greater depth about the common law and civil law approaches to business law.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, to give the course a balance of practical and academic focus. 

“The course took the learning content beyond the remit of the classroom by providing us with real-world challenges and showing us the implications of legal procedures on business practices.” - Merul Parekh, LLM International Business Law graduate



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  • UK
  • EU/International

Programme code: M20076

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

Start date: 
September 2022

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

Fees and funding: 
For 2022/23 tuition fees for UK students will be £11,000

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

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

Programme code: M20076

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

Start date: 
September 2023

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

Fees and funding:

For 2022/23 tuition fees for international students will be £15,100

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

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

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. If you choose 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 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
  • 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
  • International Arbitration (30 credits)

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: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

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 have access to our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building, equipped with lecture theatres and classrooms, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and IT labs. Wherever possible, students will be given home access to specialist software.

You’ll also have access to the building’s new £5.5 million extension called The Yard, which provides more than 22,000 square metres of extra space. This is designed to facilitate your learning experience with large and airy breakout spaces, a new Student Advice Centre, and a balcony on the top floor. The Yard also features more comfortable classrooms and self-study spaces, allowing you to carry out independent study as well as group work.

Library services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and 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

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DMU Global

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.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 


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.

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