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International Business Law

LLM/PgDip/PgCert

School - Salford Business School

Subject area - Law

Start Date(s): September; January; March; June; November; July

Duration:

LLM (one year full-time, two years part-time)

PgDip (eight months full-time, sixteen months part-time)

PgCert (eight months part-time mode only)

Fees:

Part-time - £1,425 per 30 credit module

UK - £8,550

International - £14,400

In Brief:

  • Offers the highly prestigious Master’s of Laws qualification
  • Available to law and non-law graduates
  • Learn in an internationally-orientated environment with access to a global network of like-minded professionals
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This course provides graduates in law or any other relevant discipline with the opportunity for advanced learning in certain key areas of international business law, in academic conjunction with the advanced study of strategic management and marketing modules, which complement and contextualise the legal areas.

The course is delivered with a strongly contextual business bias and students benefit from the networking and employment prospects offered by a large and dynamic Business School

At the final stage of study (Business Innovation Project) students will be able to choose whether to pursue a purely law- based focus or an interdisciplinary law and management focus.

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Course Details

The course is delivered in four blocks of intensive study periods. For each block, you study a single module for a 6 week period. Face to face teaching is delivered on campus for two half days each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Business Innovation Programme each Wednesday afternoon during the 6 week blocks.  During this period, you will also undertake independent study in your own time with online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

Part time students study alternate modules (one module on, one module off) to complete their degree in two years.

For the final third of your studies, you will work on your Business Innovation Project, working with your own or another organisation on a live brief.

SEMESTER 1

International Corporate Law and Governance provides you with an advanced knowledge and understanding of the fundamental legal concepts that characterise international corporate identity and activity. You will also develop a critical perspectiveof the theoretical framework underpinning corporate governance theories and strategies.
In this era of globalisation it is essential for companies to understand the different international environments of the markets in which they may operate, and how these influence value-adding activities and decision-making. This module will developyour understanding of these different international environments in terms of the opportunities and threats that they present and show you how they can underpin a sustained competitive advantage in the international arena. The module concludeswith an analysis of the different ways in which companies can enter their chosen country.

SEMESTER 2

Depending on your current role or your future career aspirations, you may need a more detailed understanding of the role of law in the sphere of international business. This module will develop your understanding of how international trade and investmentlaw influences a firm’s strategy and its international business operations, and the impact that the international legal environment has on wider societal interests such as the natural environment and human health. You will also acquire theskills needed to access, analyse and interpret legal and regulatory material in order to create strategic solutions for international expansion by a firm, taking into account the firm’s external and internal legal environments.
International Law of the Sale of Goods provides you with an advanced knowledge and understanding of the role of law in the sphere of international business transactions. Throughout the module, you will concentrate on law applicable to internationalagreements and their negotiation and develop a range of skills in problem solving, negotiation, time management and communication.

SEMESTER 3

Business Innovation Project (BIP)

This module accounts for the final 60 credits of your degree. You will have the opportunity to select between a live project, placement, internship or dissertation, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professionalexperience.

You will be allocated a supervisor who will mentor you through the BIP project. You will also have the opportunity to engage with the Student Hub and Student Life. Student Life can help with pre project / placement support for students and opportunities for those going on placement to participate in training workshops to ensure best practice. The Student Hub can helps you to find internships, placements and live projects for your Business Innovation Project.

This is a group project (teams of 2 to 5 students) examining an organisational problem or opportunity. Students work on sizeable commercial projects, which are broken down by the team. Live projects reflect the commercial reality of delivering complexcommercial projects through the combined efforts of a committed team. You will produce a group presentation and executive report, coupled with an individual 8-10,000 word report for assessment.
This involves working on a company project. You will spend a minimum of three days per week on the project brief with a total of 300 hours being available to complete the project. You will normally be based in the University but will spend significanttime in the organisation. The majority of internships are voluntary unpaid positions, but you will gain significant real-world experience. In many cases students are supported in finding and securing internships with the support of the School’sEmployability Hub. You will produce a 30-40 minute commercial presentation and 10,000 word professional dissertation for assessment.
The placement provides you with the opportunity to gain work experience to support your academic learning. You will work full time with your employer for four to six months on paid work experience implementing a commercial project. You will produceaportfolio of work, visitor assessment, presentation and interim report, culminating in a work related dissertation of 10,000 words.
  • Placements can be undertaken in the UK or overseas.
  • You can undertake your placements with your sponsor or employing organisation.
  • For international students placements are 6 months maximum due to visa restrictions.
  • For home/EU students, placements can possibly be extended to 12 months.
  • You will be paid a salary for the duration of your placement.
An advanced-level research pathway based on a real-world business problem. You will create an initial research proposal (worth 10% of your marks) then produce a 12,000 – 15,000 dissertation for assessment.

Entry Requirements

Normally an undergraduate degree in Law or any other appropriate discipline, at class 2.2 or above, or a relevant equivalent level professional qualification.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
If the English language qualification is slightly below this level candidates may be able to take one of the many English courses available in the University. For more information search for English on Course Finder.

Suitable For

The course is suitable for a wide range of recent home, EU and overseas law and non-law graduates as well as professional returners to higher education. The course will suit those who wish to pursue a career in international business or legal practice.

The block delivery mechanism enables individuals employed to study one or more modules in a cost - and time – efficient mode.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£8,550
Part-time£1,425 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£14,400

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section.

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Teaching

Face to face teaching is delivered on campus for two half days each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Business Innovation Programme each Wednesday afternoon during the 6 week blocks, with independent study completed in your own time through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.  Individual student timetables will be provided during induction week.

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, using a wide range of learning activities.

Assessment

Each taught module is assessed by two pieces of work, each worth 50% of the overall course assessment.

Although each taught module has its own assessment styles, all assessments are designed to enable students to demonstrate their advanced knowledge and skill, and may include:

  • individual or group work
  • research based assignments
  • presentations
  • seen or unseen examinations
  • closed or open-book examinations

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Donal Loftus - Course Leader

After completing his undergraduate studies in 2001, Donal worked for a number of big-name banks in legal and managerial roles, concentrating on the areas of retail, commercial and corporate banking as well as credit and securities law.

After completing his LLM in 2007, Donal began his career as a lecturer in Contract Law, Law for Business and Company Law at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

In 2009, Donal joined Salford, where he is module leader for a number of modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Employability

Both in the UK and overseas the internationally focussed LLM is a ‘gold standard’ qualification for entry into the legal profession, as the focus of specialisation has increasingly shifted to international legal practice.

In the corporate business world, the LLM carries a similar cachet to the Executive MBA, while offering greater specialism in its content.

In many European jurisdictions, the LLM is a compulsory prerequisite for entry into the legal profession.

Links with Industry

The University of Salford grew out of the institutes of the late 19th century that provided a talented, technically proficient and professional workforce to support the UK’s rapidly growing industries. In the 21st century, this still holds strong. Whilst industry has changed significantly, the need for industry-focussed education is equally relevant today.

We teach the skills that employers need and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.

The curriculum across our postgraduate courses balances academic teaching and professional experience.  Our industry partners give us their input into the curriculum so that the teaching reflects industry’s current and future needs and you develop the skills that employers want.  The Business Innovation Project, which forms the final third of your study, is designed to give you real-world experience so you can apply the theory you have learned.

Further Study

Find out more information about research opportunities here.

Facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus.

Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.

All University of Salford students also have access to the MediaCityUK campus including its study facilities.  MediaCityUK is home to major BBC and ITV departments and over 80 businesses across the creative and digital sectors.  It is recognised as one of the most innovative developments in Britain and is a vibrant place in which to live, work, socialise and study.

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