Law, Banking and Finance LLM

University of Dundee - School of Social Sciences

Program Description

Law, Banking and Finance LLM

University of Dundee - School of Social Sciences


The LLM in Law, Banking, and Finance at Dundee offers an innovative blend of professional and theoretical training to prepare students for careers in the financial sector. The course is highly focused in nature, and unlike many other LLM courses in the field is taught by both business and legal professionals who have extensive practical experience of banking and finance law, including experience of financial regulatory law practice in both the EU and the USA.

Who should study the course?

The LLM is designed for graduates who have a law degree or a legal background who wish to develop specialized skills in order pursue a career in the banking and financial services sector.

Dundee offers an interdisciplinary approach allowing students to develop business, finance, economics and legal skills, drawing on a range of academic expertise across disciplines. Students will benefit from working with lecturers who have the first-hand experience of international legal practice in banking and finance law, who can provide a highly relevant focus to the course offerings. Dundee’s city campus provides a very extensive level of support for law and business students, including outstanding and recently refurbished library facilities.

Dundee Law School

Dundee Law School is widely recognized as an excellent place to study. Both the Guardian and Times 2017 league tables placed Dundee as the top Law School in Scotland and in the top 10 in the UK, building on particularly strong results in the National Student Survey, which has repeatedly ranked Dundee as first in Scotland. Over the last two national reviews of research, Dundee is the only institution in the UK to have had all of its submissions rated as “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”.

Our commitment is to provide high-quality instruction, with a focus on practical relevance, to prepare students for a successful career, at home or abroad. We offer an induction programme at the start of each semester, to ensure that new students have the necessary understanding of the UK and European legal systems and of what is required of them in a study environment seeking to develop independent learning

We seek to integrate LLM students into the life of the School, with invitations to guest lectures and seminars. We also have an annual reading party in a beautiful country house, where you are joined by staff to work on academic skills and relax with fellow students.


How you will be taught

You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminar discussions, and tutorials, with an emphasis on seminars that build on reading done on the basis of the specific reading lists provided.

What you will study

You will take three modules in each semester, plus Legal Research Skills (taught in two blocks at the start of each semester) and will present a Dissertation (written over the summer).

Not every module will be available in every year, depending on staff availability and student demand.

Compulsory law modules:

  • BU51011 - International Banking
  • BU51013 - Global Financial Markets
  • LW50107 - Masters Dissertation
  • LW50108 - Legal Research Skills
  • LW52004 - Banking and Financial Services Law

Optional modules (as approved by Adviser of Studies)

  • CP51005 - International Petroleum Law and Policy
  • CP51007 - International Law of Natural Resources and Energy
  • CP51039 - National and Comparative Oil and Gas Law
  • CP52003 - Environmental Law and Policy for Natural Resources and Energy
  • CP52007 - Legal Framework for International Project Finance
  • CP52008 - International Relations and Energy and Natural Resources
  • CP52009 - Mineral and Petroleum Taxation
  • UN50001 - International Law of Water Resources
  • UN50002 - Legal Frameworks for Water Resource Management
  • UN50003 - Governance and Regulation of Water Services
  • LW52007 - Corporate Governance
  • LW51111 - Private International Law of Business Transactions
  • LW51115 - Environmental Regulation
  • LW51117 - International Family Law
  • LW51120 - International Criminal Justice
  • LW51123 - International Law & Security
  • LW51127 - Transnational Crime and Counter-Terrorism
  • LW51128 - Global Human Rights
  • LW51133 - Private International Law (Common Law Perspectives)
  • LW52003 - Principles of Corporate Law
  • LW52005 - Competition Law
  • LW52011 - Regional Human Rights Systems
  • LW52022 - UN Human Rights Law
  • LW52103 - Principles of E-Commerce Law
  • LW52111 - Intellectual Property Law
  • LW52132 - World Trade Organisation Law
  • LW52135 - International Taxation Law

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed through a combination of exams and essays. The courses taught by Law share a common pattern; those in the autumn semester are assessed by exam and those in the second semester by essays. In each case, you will be given a chance to practice this style of assessment and given feedback on your performance before the formal assessment.

This pattern ensures that you will gain experience of different styles of assessment, testing both breadth and depth of knowledge and developing writing skills in advance of tackling the Dissertation. The Dissertation is assessed wholly on the basis of the final text that is submitted and Legal Research Skills by a combination of a short essay and a presentation.


There are significant opportunities for graduates with specialized knowledge of banking and finance law flowing from very important changes to regulation in recent years. The course is designed with a practical focus with a view to assisting students to engage with such opportunities to the greatest possible extent.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have, or expect to receive in the anticipated year of entry, a good honors degree in law. Exceptionally, non-law graduates with relevant legal experience may be considered.

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5

  • Listening 6.0
  • Reading 6.0
  • Writing 6.0
  • Speaking 6.0

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

Fees & Funding

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

  • Scottish and EU students £5,950 per year of study
  • Rest of UK students £5,950 per year of study
  • Overseas students (non-EU) £14,950 per year of study

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 21, 2018
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12 months
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6,950 GBP
United Kingdom - Dundee, Scotland
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The tuition fee for this 1-year programme is £6,950 for UK/EU applicants and £16,450 per year of study for non-EU/EEA students. Fees correct at time of publishing, subject to revision without notice.