LLM in International Financial Law
University of Sussex
Brighton, United Kingdom
1 - 2 year
Full time, Part time
GBP 10,500 / per year *
01 Sep 2024
Earliest start date
* £10,500/year for full-time home, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students | £21,500/year for full-time international students
International financial law plays a central role in global business transactions due to the increasing dependence of the world’s economies on the financial system. As a result, there’s an increasing demand for professionals with expertise in international financial law.
On this course, you’ll learn from today’s leading lawyers whose research underpins their teaching. You’ll:
- gain an insight into regulatory issues affecting major transactions in global financial markets
- learn to interpret and draft complex international financial contracts
- find out about fintech regulation, including cryptocurrencies
- explore international capital and liquidity rules applicable to banks
- engage with domestic and international developments from practical, regulatory and policy perspectives on financial and corporate law.
This course prepares you for your future career. It has skills training at its core, helping you approach legal problems logically. You’ll develop a comprehensive understanding of:
- the financial services industry
- how to identify and prevent money laundering
- sustainable and green finance
And, Brighton hosts the headquarters of some major international financial corporations and is only an hour from London, one of Europe’s financial capitals. This gives you direct access to a highly valuable network of professional contacts and prospective employers.
We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision. We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described in this prospectus. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to government or regulatory requirements, or unanticipated staff changes, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.
This course gives you a solid formation in the field of international financial law and practice. You will be prepared to start/continue a successful career in areas such as:
- legal practice in major law firms
- consultancy and legal advice in multinational corporations
- financial supervision agencies
- international organisations.
You will also have the knowledge to go on to PhD study and then an academic career.
Our graduates have secured positions with major employers worldwide, or used the skills and knowledge gained on the LLM to progress their careers.
Recent graduates have gone on to jobs including:
- associate, Dentons (Mexico City)
- associate, Perchstone & Graeys (Lagos)
- attorney at law, Bianchischwald LLC (Zürich)
- attorney general of Malawi (Lilongwe)
- customer due diligence executive, KPMG (Foshan)
- director of investments, Bright Care Investment (London)
- due diligence officer, BNP Paribas (Oslo)
- financial legal counsel, Natixis Investment Managers – Mirova (Paris)
- legal and compliance officer, Validus Risk Management (London)
- legal counsel, Bridgepoint (Istanbul)
- portfolio manager, Jefferson Capital Ltd (London)
- section chief, Financial Services Agency of Japan (Tokyo)
- senior tax analyst, Avalara (Brighton)
(Sussex Law School careers database)
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.
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.
Spring and summer teaching
Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.
While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.
- Corporate Finance
- Institutions in the Global Financial Market
- The Law and Behaviour of Business Organisations
- Economic Crime
- Entrepreneurial Finance
- Financial Crises and Bank Regulation
- Financial Derivatives
- International and Comparative Company Law
- International Business and Human Rights
- International Commercial Arbitration
- International Investment Law
- Multinational Financial Management
- Research Methods for Banking and Finance
- The Law of Financial Derivatives and Structured Products
- Transnational Corporate Finance Law
We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown here.
Check back in January 2024 for the modules running in the academic year 2024/25.
Program Tuition Fee
Scholarships and Funding
Our goal is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to regardless of financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique people.
Details of our scholarships are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2024/25.
Working while you study
Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work
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