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Law and International Commercial Law


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LLM Law and International Commercial Law
The International Commercial Law degree pathway of the LLM Law programme introduces you to issues in international commercial transactions from different perspectives. It adopts a comparative approach to commercial issues in major trading blocs and other emerging economies.

The course has been designed to incorporate maximum flexibility both in the topics you cover and the way that you learn.

The course takes you through the formation of a contract, dispute resolution, compliance and other allied matters in contracts with foreign elements. It also gives you opportunities to study discrete areas of law like oil and gas and construction law. Please note this award cannot currently be obtained through fully online study.

This course has multiple study options
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Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
Course Length
1 year

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
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16 months

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
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  • Part Time
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January or September
Course Length
3 years

This course involves the study of eight taught modules plus a dissertation on an International Commercial Law topic. Five subject related modules must be chosen in order to obtain an LLM Law and International Commercial Law degree.

If you do not hold an LLB degree of equivalent, you will be required to study the Legal Framework module.

The choice of modules for any one candidate may be limited by module availability in any particular year, by timetabling factors, by prerequisites that a module may have, by the limit on online modules that may be taken by international students for visa purposes, and for any other reason approved by the Head of School.


Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 

Detailed module information

You are able to choose whether to take only modules that are taught on campus in face to face classes or to add to the mix by taking online and on campus modules.

In full-time on campus mode, you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

Activity Summary
  • Lectures - 15-30 students per group, 3 hours per week
  • Tutorial - 10 students per group, 1 hour per week
  • Forum Posting (ODL only) - 2 hours per week
  • Independent Study - 4 hours per week

You will be taught and supported by a teaching team which contains a balance of experienced industry professionals and high quality academic staff who will help create a challenging interactive environment for your study.
All our academic staff are encouraged to work towards a Higher Education Academy Fellowship.  This is a professional recognition of an individuals practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.


Please note the below provides you with an indicative summary of assessment methods for Full-Time On Campus mode. This may differ depending on modules chosen and other delivery modes.

Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 2 written exams, typically for 3 hours
  • 8 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 presentation

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

Independent Study

You are required to engage in your own research as part of your weekly independent study time. Course preparation and private study typically calls for an average of 16 hours of independent learning per week.



The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Inclusion Centre


All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.



The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support


Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library


The LLM Law and International Law course will prepare you for commercial roles within different organisations both public and private. Previous graduates have gone on to work in top law firms or as legal advisers in banks, oil companies and government establishments.

Find Your CAREER Path

  • Applicants will normally hold a  a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject discipline.

  • Applicants with relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.

International Students 

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

The International College at Robert Gordon University offers a 10-week Pre-Masters to students who may not meet the entry requirements into any of the LLM pathways.


Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

For Academic Year 2020/2021

UK/EU Students

Full-time on campus

  • £6,000 entire course (on campus)

Online Learning Full-time

  • £9,390 entire course 

Online Learning Part-time

  • £3,520 Stage 1
  • £3,520 Stage 2
  • £2,350 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage

International Students

Full-time on campus

  • £13,720 entire course (on campus)

Online Learning Full-time

  • £10,330 entire course 

Online Learning Part-time

  • £3,870 Stage 1
  • £3,870 Stage 2
  • £2,590 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage

All Students

Online Learning Full-time

  • £9,390 entire course

Online Learning Part-time

  • £3,520 Stage 1
  • £3,520 Stage 2
  • £2,350 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage

UK/EU Students


  • £5,500 entire course (on campus)

International Students


  • £12,470 entire course (on campus)
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:


Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.


Student Funding

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.


Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:



For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

+44 (0) 1224 262728


Upon successful completion, in addition to their LLM, students can obtain exemption from Associate Membership or Full Membership of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb/MCIArb) examination. The following modules are recognised by CIArb: BSM 586 International Commercial Dispute Resolution to Membership level and BSM 691 Theory and Principle of Conflict Resolution to Associate Membership Level.


Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities.

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

University Wide Facilities


The university has moved to home teaching and working following official COVID-19 guidance from the Scottish Government. Our staff will continue to process applications and respond to enquiries about your course during this time.  

We’ve got a few options for applying to our postgraduate courses for UK, EU and international applicants.

All applicants to postgraduate courses can apply direct to the university using our online application form.

All applicants can apply direct to the University with our PDF form.

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