Whether you’re an aspiring business leader with a desire to build a solid grounding in international legal matters, or if you’re already in a corporate position and keen to develop a legal context to complement your management experience, the MA or LLM in International Business Law could be the course for you. Wherever in the world, you choose to study International Business Law, you’ll find a deeply international orientation amongst your fellow students as well as, naturally, on the course syllabus. You’ll not only benefit from the expert tuition of the experienced legal professionals that lead the modules you study but from the multicultural perspectives on global trends that come from debate and discussion with your course mates.

Global Tuition Fee Comparison

UK (LSBF)£8,500
France (ESCP Europe Business School)£13,300
Germany (Freie Universität Berlin)£6,700
Netherlands (Tilburg University)£1,600
Ireland (The Graduate School at the University of Limerick)£3,900
Austria (University of Vienna)£9,000
Denmark (University of Southern Denmark)£5,400
Malaysia (International Islamic School Malaysia)£1,600

This is a course that’s equally suitable for law or business graduates as it is for professionals returning to study without degrees in these specific disciplines. Law graduates may find the International Business Law course a means to gain international and commercial awareness before embarking on further study in the legal sector. Likewise, business graduates and those with commercial experience will gain a competitive edge by adding a postgraduate qualification in this area to their CV. Relevant work experience is always seen as a strong asset on applications to these courses, and although candidates will be considered on an individual basis at application, a second class bachelors degree from a recognised institution is normally required. The MA or LLM in International Business Law is frequently offered as a part-time degree over two years to enable students to continue to work whilst studying, though many

MA or LLM: what’s the difference?

You will notice that some International Business Law courses are MA (Master of Arts) whilst others are LLM (Master of Laws). Course content, structure and the method of study is normally very similar across these two routes, though a Master of Arts will not enable you to practice law, whilst an LLM would do. Having said this, one does not need an LLM in order to practice law, though some law firms will prioritise candidates with an LLM degree as it shows that the candidate has undergone a rigorous level of legal training, and is also qualified to work in an international legal environment. With this in mind, it could be said that the MA is more suitable for students requiring a legal education for business purposes rather than in order to pursue a specific legal career.

What you’ll study

This postgraduate course normally comprises a set of core modules that give students a firm grounding in international law, plus elective modules and a dissertation. Some institutions allow students to pick all their modules (normally six) from a list and stipulate no compulsory modules of study, though all students will learn the basics of legal methodology, whatever the course structure at their specific institution. Elective modules are designed to help students find a niche and to pursue the areas of international business law most pertinent to their chosen (or intended) career path. Most universities will dictate three to four core modules and allow students to diversify and even take modules in different faculties to make up their credits. Dissertations make up a significant part of every MA in International Business Law and are normally submitted as the final module, under the supervision of a dedicated dissertation advisor who will mentor you through each stage of the planning, research and writing process.

Modules you might find yourself studying are:

  • Globalisation and Trade
  • Legal Methodology
  • Corporate Governance and Corporate Responsibility
  • International Human Rights
  • International Organisations International Dispute Resolution
  • Research Methods for International Business Law
  • International Competition Law
  • Copyright
  • International Money Laundering Regulation

Study online

Several UK universities offer the option for students to study the MA online or flexibly with some time spent at university and modules of online study and assessment. Flexible learning arrangements allow students not only the valuable option to study alongside their career and paid employment, but also to benefit from a supportive online network of tutors and fellow students. With no need to travel in and out of university for lectures and to submit assignments, costs are kept down and students are even able to choose to base their study at a university abroad if they like. A deeply interactive education, an online MA makes it just as easy to build an international network without putting one’s life on hold for study.