LLM in International Commercial Law

Swansea University

Program Description

LLM in International Commercial Law

Swansea University

The focus of the LLM in International Commercial Law is the on the legal and practical challenges arising out of the diverse international commercial transactions. It offers the opportunity for an intensive but integrated education in different areas of commercial law. The course aims to develop an in-depth and specialist knowledge of International Commercial Law with a view to enhancing the graduates’ employability.

Key Features

Why pursue your LLM at Swansea

  • A thriving academic environment committed to excellence in teaching and research, which provides an exceptional student experience, as evidenced by our PTES results.
  • A professional but friendly environment with pastoral support and free English language classes which attracts students from all over the world.
  • Lectures delivered by outstanding academics at the forefront of scholarship in their areas of expertise, which they combine with skilled and innovative teaching.
  • Exemptions from the professional qualifying exams of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and the Chartered Insurance Institute. If you successfully complete the International Commercial Arbitration module, you will be eligible to apply for exemption from level 2 education requirements of CIArb membership allowing you to apply to be awarded the level of Member of the Institute or MCIArb.
  • Extra-curricular activities such as mooting and summer schools abroad.
  • Our employability initiatives and close links with the legal practice bear fruit as Swansea LLM alumni are particularly well placed in the job market all over the world.
  • For further information please see the LLM Brochure (pdf)


The LLM in International Commercial Law degree is modular, with students required to accumulate 180 credits to graduate. In appropriate circumstances, a student may graduate with a merit or distinction. Each programme is divided into two parts: Part I consists of 4 taught modules each weighted at 30 credits. Students pursuing the LLM in International Commercial Law may choose four options from the modules listed above.

Part II is composed of two projects (LLM Research Projects) and is weighted at 60 credits. The LLM Research Projects will customarily be researched and written up over the summer period following the successful completion of the taught modules and are designed to enable LLM students to develop their research skills.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the LLM in International Commercial Law is a 2:2 honors degree (or above) in law or a cognate discipline. Candidates with relevant experience are also encouraged to apply.

We welcome applications by prospective students from around the world and look for evidence of the previous study that is equivalent to the entry requirements stated above as described in http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/your-country/

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test and the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 6.0 in each component). For a full list of the Acceptable English Language tests, please see http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/acceptableenglishlanguagetests/

Free English language classes are available which are designed to assist you in improving your critical legal thinking and writing.

How To Apply

Apply online and track your application at each stage of the process and print off a copy of your decision letter.

For further information on how to apply by email or post, please see: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/how/

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
LLM Full-time £6,850 £15,000
LLM Part-time £3,450 £7,500
LLM Part-time £2,300 £5,000

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

Scholarships Available

Teaching & Assessment

Teaching is conducted in small classes and our students always find an opportunity to participate in discussions and put their views across. Teaching in LLM modules is supported by the use of our Blackboard virtual learning environment, which facilitates online teaching and learning. Through Blackboard, students have access to course materials, handouts, and lecture notes, as well as shared areas for group work, online discussions, and exchanging ideas with fellow students.

All LLM modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, with an equal weighting of 50% normally given to each component in the final total assessment.

Careers & Employability

Employability has always been on the top of our agenda. To that end, we organize a number of initiatives for enhancing our LLM students’ employability. These include:

  • Tailor-made employability advice by two dedicated Employability Officers
  • A series of guest lectures delivered who give our LLM students an insight of the practice.
  • The unique opportunity to get involved in mooting.
  • Close links with the legal practice and various elements of the shipping and business sectors.
  • The annual LLM Careers Fair, which gives the opportunity to our students to meet and discuss their future aspirations with representatives from an array of local and international law firms.
  • Networking events and visits to leading enterprises within the City of London with a view to enhancing our students’ practical understanding of shipping and insurance practice.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 25, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
1 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
15,000 GBP
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £6,850 - Part-time UK/EU Fees: £3,450
July 31, 2019
United Kingdom - Swansea, Wales
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline July 31, 2019
End date Aug. 1, 2022
Sept. 2019
United Kingdom - Swansea, Wales
Application deadline July 31, 2019
End date Aug. 1, 2022