LLM in International Commercial Law


Program Description

Develop the practical skills needed to act as a legal adviser in the resolution of international commercial disputes.

Global commercial transactions are becoming more complex, posing new legal challenges in areas such as:

  • cross-border contracts for the supply of goods or services
  • finance and securities
  • international dispute resolution.

You’ll learn about the legal framework that governs commercial activities and cross-border transactions.

You’ll engage with cutting-edge research. Sussex has internationally recognised academics in international commercial law. You’ll learn how to apply the law in a commercial setting and also develop critical perspectives. You'll be able to assess cutting-edge scenarios and recent reforms in international commercial law.

This course is ideal if you’re already a legal practitioner in your home country, although this is not essential as long as you have completed basic legal education.

Entry Requirements

UK requirements

Degree Requirements: You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification should be in law. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

International requirements

IELTS (Academic): Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply: You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system.

Personal Statement: Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application.

Application deadlines

  • 1 August 2020 (international)
  • 1 September 2020 (UK/EU)

Course Details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and personal life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at lps@sussex.ac.uk


These modules are running in the academic year 2020/21. However, there may be changes to these modules due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

  • LLM Dissertation
  • Advanced Legal Research and Writing
  • Law of International Business Transactions
  • Transnational Commercial Law


Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea
  • International and Comparative Company Law
  • International Aspects of Intellectual Property and Technology Regulation
  • International Business and Human Rights
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Investment Law
  • Regulating the Creative Industries
  • Transnational Corporate Finance Law

How much does it cost?


  • UK/EU students: £9,250 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £18,500 per year

Additional costs

Please note, all costs are best estimates based on current market values. Costs are paid at the start of your course unless specified otherwise. We review estimates every year and they may vary with inflation.

International Commercial Law texts

We recommend you buy certain optional texts for around £45 to £50. These texts are available from the University bookshop, online and from other outlets.

Optional field trip

An optional commercial law field trip takes place each year. You’ll contribute approximately £22 for a travel card, which the University subsidises.

Recommended texts

The optional but recommended texts for this course cost between £20 and £50.

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £11,222 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2020. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.


This course will enable you to work as a legal practitioner in a variety of roles, for example:

  • advising on cross-border commercial transactions
  • as an arbitrator in international commercial disputes
  • as a government official
  • as an expert in an NGO or international organisation.

Graduate destinations

Recent Sussex Law School graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • legal counsel, Siemens
  • regulatory specialist, UBS
  • associate, CQ Legal & Consulting.

(Sussex Law School careers database)

Last updated Mar 2020

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