You follow a modular programme (180 credits in total), which comprises six taught modules (20 credits each) and a dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits); the latter to be submitted at the end of the year of study. Students following the International Commercial Law pathway study a minimum of three of their six modules from the list below:
- Banking Law
- Business Taxation
- Carriage of Goods by Sea
- Commercial Conflict of Laws
- Company Law
- Domestic Sale of Goods
- Elements of Cyberlaw
- Environmental Energy Law
- Financing of International Trade
- International Trade Law and Policy: Foundations
- International Trade Law and Public Procurement
- Law of Agency
- Maritime Law
Students can choose their remaining three modules from the full Birmingham LLM Module list.
Learning and teaching
Birmingham's LLM pathways have been designed to provide in-depth analysis of important legal topics. Modules are all 20 credits in value, comprising 10 two-hour seminars to enable students to develop significant expertise in each area of law.
The LLM course last 12 months, running from September to September. All LLM pathways follow the same basic structure:
- In part I of the course, you take six 20-credit modules: the range available depends on the pathway you decide to follow. Assessment in those modules, by essay or formal examination, is in May and June.
- In part II of the course, your research and write a 15,000-word dissertation on a selected topic of law under the supervision of a member of staff.
Law School induction
At the start of the course, there is a comprehensive welcome and induction programme designed to help you settle in and gain an understanding of the Birmingham LLM. You will familiarise yourself with the various ways in which we can support you throughout the year to ensure that your LLM course is an exciting and rewarding experience.
Students can register for modules before arrival as well as at the start of the academic year. As part of the induction process, you will get the opportunity to learn more about the various modules available and make choices that correspond to your interests.
All the LLM pathways may be taken part-time and completed over a period of two years. This mode of study is particularly suitable for barristers and solicitors who wish to combine professional practice with the university-level study, gaining CPD points in the process.
Classes for part-time students on the LLM will be scheduled between 9am-6pm and students will typically have between 2-4 hours of teaching each week. Fees are the same as for full-time study but are split over two years.
For students from outside the UK, there will be an opportunity for induction to familiarise themselves with the English legal system, as it forms the basis for the modules on offer. The English for International Students Unit provides a range of support in reading and writing academic English.
Applicants should have a good Honours degree in law or a degree in another discipline augmented with a pass in the Common Professional Examination.
International qualifications which are equivalent to a UK honors degree in Law will be considered.
If your first language is not English you must provide an English language qualification. Recognised qualifications include:
- IELTS: 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band