Commercial Law LLM 2017-18

About the course

The course is ideal for those who want to specialise in the commercial field and aspire to senior positions in business. Graduates from the course have gone on to hold senior advisory positions in multinational companies, advising on matters that range from the patenting of computer software to establishing solid corporate governance procedures within their organisation. Examples of dissertations submitted by students in this area include, ‘Trade mark protection in the use of AdWords', ‘A critical analysis of the legal framework for international commercial transactions' as well as 'research on arbitration as a method of settling international commercial disputes'.

The course also provides an ideal foundation for those intending to pursue PhDs. This course is also available by distance learning.

Listen to what our students and staff have to say about postgraduate study at Huddersfield in our course and subject videos.

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Entry requirements

An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in Law, a related degree or equivalent. If your Undergraduate degree is not in Law, you will be required to take the Introduction to Law module.

For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent. Students with a score of 5.5 may enrol after successful completion of the University's pre-sessional course.


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Course content

Core modules:

Introduction to Law

This module is a compulsory module for those students who have not previously studied law. Students on the module will study the English Legal System and will also be introduced to the basic principles in the Law of Tort Criminal Law and Contract Law. This should provide a sound basis for studying the other modules on the course.

Legal Research Methods

This module aims to develop students’ research skills, gives guidance on referencing using the Oxford system, and provides a foundation in research methods which can be used when preparing to write the dissertation.

Private International Law

The module is designed to provide students with an understanding of the structure and content of the principles of private international law. The module will examines the various sources and the subjects of private international law, the role of private international law in the resolution of private disputes with an international dimension or procedural issues relating to the conflict of laws.

Commercial Law

This module is compulsory on the LLM in Commercial Law and is designed to enable you to gain a thorough grounding in Commercial Law which is capable of supporting more specialised option modules in commercial subjects. You will critically evaluate whether the various forms of regulation are appropriate for business in the 21st century.


The aim of the dissertation module is to provide you with the opportunity to manage and extend an academic research task and to demonstrate in writing a critical understanding of issues raised in a self-selected area of law. That area should reflect some of the themes from modules already studied. It requires the successful completion of a dissertation on a topic of your choice (subject to supervisory expertise being available) plus a record of research.

Option modules:

Global Intellectual Property Rights

Intellectual property includes copyright, trademarks and patents. The module is designed to provide students with a critical understanding of the ways in which the owners of such rights can protect them on a global basis. The class and interactive sessions are designed to engage students into a critical and analytical discussion of whether the protection afforded is satisfactory in the global economy.

The module is assessed by an interactive activity such as a wiki / discussion board (worth 25% of module marks) and an individual assignment (worth 75% of module marks).

The Law and Practice of International Trade

This module examines the various sources of international trade law. It then sets out to identify the various problems associated with international trade law and practice, before moving on to critically explore the different types of international trade transactions, methods of financing international trade, and the ways in which international trade transactions come into being, and how they are performed.

Corporate Responsibility & Governance

The aim of this module is to enable your understanding of the theory and practice of corporate governance and how this interfaces with ethical issues involving stakeholders in corporations. It attempts to achieve this through a mix of seminars, cases, and exercises that promote critical and reflective debate.

Employment Law

This module introduces you to the employer/ employee relationship contractual terms and termination of contract. You will also study the equality legislation and explore the nature of discrimination in the workplace. The assessment is by way of one written assignment on a topic from a choice of four given titles.

Other business related options are also available

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

The course is excellent preparation for those who aspire to teaching and researching in higher education. Graduates have also gone on to secure positions in industry, banking and multinational companies.

For advice and guidance on your postgraduate study options join us at our next Postgraduate Study Fair.

Teaching and assessment

You will receive a structured induction programme preparing you for the demands of the course. Methods of teaching, learning and assessment are designed to enable you to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies required by the course and reflects both the varying nature of the material studied and your different learning styles and strengths. You will be required to complete a dissertation on a subject of your course (subject to expertise within the law school) and are assigned a dissertation supervisor.

We have been praised by our students for the teaching and assessment of our modules.

We have shared our good practice in the assessment of our modules at the following international workshops: The Annual European Intellectual Property Teachers' Network, 2011 (Prague) and 2013 (Lisbon).


The new home for the University's Law School and the School of Music, Humanities and Media is scheduled for completion by the start of 2017 and will be dubbed the Oastler Building in tribute to Richard Oastler (1789–1861).Currently teaching mostly happens in the Business School, the most eco-friendly building on campus. It's a state-of-the art facility and provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop.

All teaching rooms are high quality and the school has a number of computer labs for teaching or for students' individual or group use. You'll have comprehensive access to online resources through Unilearn, an online learning environment which gives access to all the study materials you'll need.

The Street Café is a perfect area for socialising, networking and relaxation over a wide range of fresh food, hot and cold drinks and free wi-fi. Set in landscaped grounds by the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, the Business School is in close proximity to the Library and Student Central which offers a number of places to eat, areas to socialise with friends, the Students' Union, student services and modern sporting and fitness facilities.

Our Learning Development Group can provide advice on how to improve your academic work including writing assignments, referencing, research skills, presentation skills and time management. There are also specialist learning advisors for international students who can help with a range of skills including academic English and language support.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the tuition fee for this course for UK, EU and international postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will be £8,300 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Additional routes

Research degrees are also available in this area. Contact us for details.

Interim Awards A Master's course is 180 Master's level credits, which would normally take one calendar year full-time study. Interim awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level should you decide to exit the course early.

Please contact us for details of the credits required for these interim awards.

Other information

For advice and guidance on your postgraduate study options join us at our next Postgraduate Study Fair.

Listen to what our students and staff have to say about postgraduate study at Huddersfield in our course and subject videos.

How to apply

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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