International Business Law LLM | PGDip | PGCert | PGAward – Online Course

Programme duration: approximately30 months for LLM(part-timeand online)
Programme Starts: 8 October 2024
Entry awards: LLM/PGDip/PGCert/PGAward
Awarding body: University of Liverpool
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This fully online and part-time Master of Laws (LLM) International Business Law is designed to give students from varied academic backgrounds an in-depth understanding of the legal skills and knowledge required in today’s global business environment. Students will gain a thorough understanding of techniques applicable to their own research and acquire the legal knowledge, skills and training to work efficiently in the legal and wider business sectors.

About the programme

The aim of the online LLM International Business Law programme is to provide graduates from varied academic backgrounds (including those working in the financial services and business sectors) with a strong foundation for enhancing research, problem-solving and communication skills; to develop the knowledge and understanding of the interaction between law, business and governance integral to enhancing their career prospects and demands of the work environment.

The programme is specifically designed for graduates from diverse disciplines as well as legal professionals who already have some practical commercial and business experience and who want to enhance their knowledge and skills to assist them in advancing their career, whether that is a career change or assuming a more senior-level role in a business, organization, or commercial enterprise. 

Core modules on the online LLM International Business Law programme cover International Business Law, Critical Thinking in International Business Law, International Trade Law, EU Trade Law, Conflict of Law in Business and Commerce and Competition Law. 

The programme also provides the opportunity to personalise your master’s with two elective modules chosen from Corporate Governance, Aspects of Banking, Intellectual Property Law, International Sale of Goods and International Financial Crime. Finally, you complete your LLM programme with an original dissertation on a topic relevant to international business law.

Assessments are strictly coursework-based and there are no exams to complete as part of the programme. Shorter PG Diploma (PG Dip), PG Certificate (PG Cert) and PG Award (PG Award) awards are available which you can use as a stepping-stone to the full LLM or as a respected qualification on their own.

The indicative study duration is 30 months to complete the LLM, 20 months for the PG Dip, 10 months for the PG Cert and six months for the PG Award.

Programme structure

What will I study?

This programme consists of the following modules. You are required to complete 180 credits to achieve a full Master of Laws (LLM), 120 credits to achieve the postgraduate diploma (PG Dip), 60 credits to achieve the postgraduate certificate (PG Cert) and 30 credits to achieve the postgraduate award (PG Award).

International Business Law (15 credits)
Critical Legal Thinking in International Business Law (15 credits)
International Trade Law (15 credits)
EU Trade Law (15 credits)
Conflicts of Laws in Business and Commerce (15 credits)
Competition Law (15 credits)
Elective modules: choose two:
Corporate Governance (15 credits)
Aspects of Banking Law (15 credits)
Intellectual Property Law (15 credits)
International Sale of Goods (15 credits)
International Financial Crime (15 credits)
Dissertation (60 credits)

Each module (other than the dissertation) is run over an eight-week period and includes a wide variety of learning activities and assessments, supported by the key teaching principles of collaboration and critical reflection. 

You will grow as you learn in collaboration with other students from across the world, gain new perspectives and develop a strong professional network. 

For more information on the modules, including syllabus and learning outcomes, please download our programme booklet

Entry requirements

All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you want to discuss your previous qualifications and experience before applying, please contact us now via LiveChat. 

Applications should possess:

  • Preferably a 2:2 class degree in a relevant subject, equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree; or 
  • Professional work experience in a related field and/or other prior qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  

All applicants must provide evidence that they have an English language ability equivalent to an IELTS (academic) score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in all components). 

If you don’t have an IELTS or equivalent certificate, you can take our free online English test to assess your proficiency. You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries. This requirement will generally be waived if the candidate’s first degree was obtained at an institution using English as the language of instruction. 

Fees and funding

Fees for the academic year 2024/25

LLM: £16,868

PGDip: £11,246
PGCert: £5,623

PGAward: £2,811

These fees* are fully inclusive of all costs, including all teaching materials, core textbooks, assessments and resits.  

Scholarships and discounts 

You may also be able to benefit from the following scholarships and discounts: 

  • Regional Scholarships of up to 20%. To find out about the scholarship offered in your region, please make an enquiry now.  
  • 10% discount for University of Liverpool alumni. 
  • 5% discount for up-front full tuition fee payment.  

Further support 

We aim to make it as easy as possible for you to cover the costs of your studies. You could benefit from: 

  • Simple monthly payment plan provided to spread the cost over the duration of study  
  • Students living in England may be eligible for a postgraduate loan to cover some of the programme cost.  

Please speak to our admissions team for more details of fees, scholarships, discounts and support. 

*All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed.  


Apply for this programme by completing a simple online form.  

In order to apply, you will need to provide copies of the following supporting documentation:  

  • School or college transcripts/certificates  
  • University transcripts and certified translations if applicable  
  • Degree certificates  
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (EU and international applications only)  
  • Personal statement  
  • An up-to-date CV.  

Acknowledgement of your application  

The admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application and will pass it to the Department Head and/or appropriate academic department(s) for consideration.  

Students with disabilities  

We welcome applications from students with disabilities and consider them on the same academic grounds as those of other students. If you have a disability, medical condition and/or support needs it is important that you inform the University so that you receive appropriate support.  


We have start dates throughout the year with regular application deadlines. As an applicant, you are encouraged to apply in good time, particularly if you have special needs. 

Career prospects

The programme is designed to enhance the existing knowledge base and understanding of candidates with an undergraduate degree from diverse legal backgrounds, providing a stepping-stone for career development within the legal profession, business environment or the wider financial services sector. 

For non-law graduates, or those whose first law degree is from a civil law jurisdiction, the programme will provide a good foundation of the Common Law legal system, with specific focus on its commercial environment  

For non-law graduates but those who have experience working in the business or financial services sector, the programme will provide a solid and first exposure to the operation of the legal environment governing commercial operations and decision making.  

The programme will also provide a solid base for those working in government or non-government agencies. 

More generally, students will graduate with enhanced skills and knowledge that enable them to be highly effective professionals, managers and leaders who are able to respond to emerging and ongoing policy and legal challenges in a strategic and innovative way within their organisations. 

About us

Established in 1892, the Liverpool Law School is one of the oldest law departments in the UK. We are committed to contributing, through the excellence of our research and policy work, to critical exploration of the role of law in promoting, or inhibiting, social justice. We strive for social relevance and to influence public debate and policy at the local, national, European, and international levels. 

By studying online with Liverpool, you can gain a highly regarded qualification from a prestigious redbrick university and a member of the Russell Group, a group of 24 research-led UK universities committed to maintaining the highest possible standards of research and education. You will acquire new skills and knowledge, all while continuing to work in your current role.  

The University of Liverpool has been offering online programmes since 2000. We are recognised as one of Europe’s leading providers of wholly online postgraduate degrees. All our programmes are designed for online delivery, and our state-of-the-art learning platform encourages collaboration with fellow professionals from around the world.

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