LLM International Business Law

Are you a graduate of law or a related subject looking to build a career in international business law? The University of Bolton’s LLM International Business Law offers a highly regarded and flexible route to acquiring the postgraduate-level specialist legal knowledge needed to advise businesses and organisations operating in global markets.

International Business Law

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Mode of Study:



12 months


University of Bolton

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Course Details

The University of Bolton's LLM International Business Law is available to graduates from legal and non-legal backgrounds. It is open to law graduates, business graduates, legal professionals, and people working in commercial fields nationally and internationally.

The programme provides essential and detailed knowledge of international business from a legal perspective. Regardless of whether your goal is to progress in your current career, join a global corporation, or learn more about international business law in practice, this programme offers you the necessary tools to achieve these goals.

This prestigious LLM course develops analytical and reflective skills as well as expert knowledge in the area of international business law. The learning experience focuses on developing your academic ability, enhancing your employment performance, and improving the career opportunities open to you. As a graduate of this course, you'll possess a recognised postgraduate qualification in international business law.

Our challenging but supportive environment gives you the chance to acquire postgraduate legal skills from a team of tutors with specialist knowledge and close links to the legal profession.

You'll have the opportunity to explore the law's key themes and focus your studies on personal and professional interest areas, ranging from corporate and finance law to employment law, intellectual property law, European law, and international law.

By the end of the course, you'll have had the opportunity to develop key transferable skills that are in demand in both legal and non-legal careers in international business.

  • This professionally-focused programme offers advanced knowledge and skills of international business law directly relevant to the international and corporate law sectors.
  • You’ll benefit from the opportunity to critically analyse and understand the complexities arising in the field of international business law.
  • You’ll have the chance to develop originality in applying your knowledge, along with a practical understanding of how to use established research and enquiry techniques to best effect.
  • You'll have the chance to develop strengths in data collection, critical data analysis, creative thinking, formulating, and solving complex legal problems.
Key Features
  • This course focuses on establishing your knowledge and understanding of the doctrines and principles that underpin international business law.
  • Our expert team will support you as you learn about the sources of the law, how it is made and developed, the institutions that administer it, and the personnel who practice it.
  • You'll have the opportunity to explore a wide range of legal concepts, values, principles, and rules of international business law and selected relevant areas of English law.
  • You'll benefit from the chance to learn how to explain the relationship between legal concepts, values, principles and rules in several areas.
  • You'll be able to practice your skills in the University's dedicated courtroom, which provides a cutting-edge learning environment and an excellent venue for guest speakers.
  • By choosing to study with us, you'll have the chance to enjoy Bolton's many shops, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities. Manchester, one of the UK's most multicultural and lively cities, is less than 20 minutes away by train. Not forgetting, the North West of England is renowned for its beautiful countryside, coastline and heritage. This makes Bolton an ideal base from which to explore some of the best cultural and outdoor activities the UK offers.

  • You should have at least a lower second class honours degree (2:2) in law or another relevant subject (or a comparable qualification from a UK or overseas institution).
  • If you don’t possess the above qualifications but have substantial managerial or employment experience, we’ll be happy to consider your application.
  • All application forms need to be accompanied by a reflective overview of the managerial responsibilities undertaken to date. A letter of reference on headed paper from the current/most recent employer should also be provided clearly showing the length of employment and a breakdown of roles and responsibilities.
  • We'll consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 7.0 with normally no less than 6.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

The University of Bolton's LLM International Business Law is an advanced academic degree that allows you to explore a selection of legal issues in more depth. It can assist you in developing the associated research and reasoning skills that employers highly value. It's open to both law and non-law graduates.

On successful completion of this course, you'll be able to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems. You'll also be confident in planning and implementing your projects. In addition, your greater understanding of international business law will support you in demonstrating the strategic planning and thinking skills needed in today's global economy. It will make you an asset in globally operating corporations.

By studying this course, you can also develop a range of transferable skills such as legal research and writing, analysis, critical evaluation and logical thinking, teamwork, leadership, and written and verbal communication.

What can I do with this qualification?

There is an increasing demand in the wider public and private sectors for professionals who have an advanced understanding of specialist legal areas of international business law. For instance, employees of international business monitoring bodies will benefit from a strong understanding of contemporary financial and economic crime laws in the UK and abroad. Aspiring business leaders and financial experts will also find the knowledge of corporate, financial and trade law invaluable during their careers.

Furthermore, although the LLM is not a qualifying law degree (QLD) for the purpose of qualifying as a practicing lawyer, this qualification can help you to gain entry to the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) if you wish to become a solicitor or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) if you wish to become a barrister. An LLM can also be a stepping stone to a PhD.

Alternative career options

Graduates can use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. They include:

  • Insurance
  • IT
  • Finance
  • Sales
  • Teaching and education
  • Immigration
  • Police services
  • Trading standards
  • Investment banking
  • Tax advice/inspection
  • International aid/development
  • Human resources
  • Health and safety
  • Accountancy
  • Political research
  • Recruitment

Course fees

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £8,496 for the academic year 2024/25.

Overseas students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Overseas fee of £15,950 for the academic year 2024/25.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2023-2024 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.


Click here for more information on our Master's Bursaries.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

Thank you for your interest

In order to determine your suitability for this course as an international student and also to confirm you meet any initial eligibility criteria, we need you to answer a few short questions.


We use various teaching and learning methods to help you acquire and develop the appropriate skills, concepts, and knowledge needed to succeed in the LLM International Business Law.

You'll be expected to participate in formally-timetabled classes with tutors as well as undertake a significant amount of independent study. This independent study time will include reading, preparing for seminar activities, working on assignments, and revising for exams.

During your studies, your most common forms of learning will include lectures (involving the dissemination of theoretical and empirical information by a lecturer), seminars (grouped activities to discuss further reading, case studies, or problem-solving exercises), workshops, tutorials, and informal group study sessions.

You'll be assessed through a range of methods. These include essays, reports, presentations, negotiations, and exams or in-class assessments.


The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Fundamental Academic Legal Skills and the English Legal System
  • Corporate Governance
  • International Business Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Individual Employment Law
  • Public International Law
  • Independent Legal Research Project
  • Financial and Economic Crime
  • Legal Tech/Fin Tech
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • Islamic Insurance (Takaful)
  • Islamic Business Transaction Law
  • International Marketing Management
  • Corporate and Social Responsibility
  • Corporate Reporting
  • Strategic Management and Leadership
  • Dissertation
  • Research Skills and Methods in Law
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 65%, Practical exams 27%, Written exams 8%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 80%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 20%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Ike Uhumuavbi
Programme Leader


+44 (0)1204 903942

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton


+44 (0)1204 903903

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