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International Commercial 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 (four months full-time, eight months part-time)

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

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
  • Gives law graduates the opportunity to take taught modules in advanced international commercial law subjects
  • 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 law graduates with the opportunity for advanced learning in key areas of international commercial law, including: International Sale of Goods, International Intellectual Property Law, International Corporate Law and Governance, and Advanced Contract Law and Negotiation.

Delivery is concentrated on a 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 (through the Industry Collaboration Project) students will be able to choose whether to pursue a traditional research dissertation or a work-based project report based upon employment or a placement experience.

The course also offers a distance learning option through our official partner Robert Kennedy College, Zurich, Switzerland.

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Course Details

The programme is block delivered and there are several entry points throughout the year. Students will take the modules below in a sequence dependent on their start date.

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 6 hours each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Industry Collaboration Project 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.

SEMESTER 1    

You will look critically at the fundamental legal concepts of Intellectual Property Law, including EU Intellectual Property Law, and how it sits within a global context.  You will evaluate the impact of the  internationalism of knowledge/technology transfer on intangible property        rights; and apply complex legal rules to a variety of intellectual property disputes across jurisdictional boundaries, critically assessing the effectiveness of those rules through extensive research.Much of the learning in this module is based upon case-studies as well as comparative analysis of primary        legal sources.  As you expand your capacity for critical analysis, logical thinking and independent learning, you will develop as a reflective practitioner.
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 perspective of the theoretical framework underpinning corporate governance        theories and strategies.

SEMESTER 2    

Through this module you will develop a critical knowledge and practical understanding of the law relating to key contractual terms in commercial transactions. Focusing on international investment transactions you will gain an appreciation of the multi-level legal structure of transnational contracts.  
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 international agreements and their negotiation and develop a range        of skills in problem solving, negotiation, time management and communication.

SEMESTER 3    

Industry Collaboration Project (ICP)

This module accounts for the final 60 credits of your degree and gives you the opportunity to examine an issue that is important to an organisation. The Industry Collaboration Project offers four different options: a Work Placement, a three month Internship, the applied Dissertation and, from September 2019, the Entrepreneurship path. You will be allocated a supervisor to mentor you through your chosen project and receive support wherever necessary from the Salford Business School Employability Team. For all options students are encouraged to address a real organisational issue, and to disseminate their work to a wider audience, meaning that you can create real impact through your Industry Collaboration Project.

The Work Placement gives you the chance to undertake a six month project with an organisation located regionally, nationally or internationally. By exploring a key issue impacting an organisation, you will apply the theoretical knowledge gained through your studies and develop and use appropriate problem-solving skills in a real-world environment. Your work placement will be assessed primarily through the production of a project proposal and an 8,500 – 10,000 word portfolio.
The Internship option of the Industry Collaboration Project aims to equip you with the relevant practical skills to critically identify and evaluate key issues impacting organisations and their environments either in the UK or overseas. Over a three month period, you will work alongside an organisation to identify and explore a real organisational issue. Through your project, you will apply your theoretical knowledge in the development of solutions to the identified issue, produce a project proposal and finally an 8,500 – 10,000 word portfolio.
An advanced-level research pathway based on a real-world business problem. You will create an initial research proposal then produce a 12,000 – 15,000 word dissertation for assessment.The Dissertation path gives you the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge gained from the taught elements of the programme to a current organisational issue and deploy and effectively use appropriate problem-solving skills through critical self-reflection and methodical, systematic research.
Please note, this option is available from September 2019
Through this option, along with applying your theoretical knowledge from the taught elements of the programme, you will develop the transferable skills and qualities required for entrepreneurial behaviour and work on your own innovative business idea. You will reflect on business opportunities, challenges and strategies with the aim of establishing a new businesses, or incorporating entrepreneurial thinking into the management of an existing organisation. The three month Entrepreneurship path will be assessed through the development of an Initial Business Proposal and an 8,500 word Comprehensive Business Proposal accompanied by a 30 minute presentation.

Entry Requirements

Normally an undergraduate degree, class 2:2 or above, in Law, or an 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

Normally IELTS 6.5 with no individual element below 5.5, or equivalent recognised Secure English Language Test, (SELT).  

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. Please search for English in Course Finder.

Suitable For

This course is suitable for recent home, EU and overseas law graduates wishing to build upon their undergraduate knowledge and expertise, as well as graduate returners to education wishing to refresh or broaden their knowledge and skills.

The course is designed for those who wish to pursue an career in international business or legal practice. The block delivery mechanism means that the course is accessible to those students who do not wish to leave employment while studying. Students can complete one or more modules per semester.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

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.  Please note, students on the distance learning option through our partner, Robert Kennedy College, are not eligible for a student loan.

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 Industry Collaboration Project 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 will be design 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

Parveen Tamadon-Nejad - Lecturer

After graduating from the University of Liverpool, Parveen started her academic career at Salford Business School teaching business law.

Outside of acadamia, Parveen provides legal consultation to those within the creative industries, including musicians and publishers on matters relatingto contract and intellectual property rights.

She has also spent the last two years as a regular gues ton BBC Radio Manchester’s Coffee Club.

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 Industry Collaboration 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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