Postgraduate LLM

Global Business Law and Regulation




One year

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

International applicants: please check the international intakes page for the latest information and application dates.

Our Master of Laws (LL.M) in Global Business Law and Regulation is designed for both law and non-law graduates to enhance your academic legal knowledge of business organisations and business practice. The programme immerses you in the detailed aspects of global business law and regulation, covering contemporary topics including AI and financial crime, as well as developing broad skills in legal research and important transferable skills to prepare you for employment.  

This programme is designed to put legal business practices into the context of the global marketplace, giving those aspiring to or already working in industry the knowledge and skills to further their career within international corporations, legal practice and many more areas such as regulation and compliance. 

There is an emphasis in all our courses on understanding, responding to and shaping the dynamic and changing nature of business, including consideration of the future of organisations within the global business environment, the responsible adoption of AI and other emerging technologies, and environmental sustainability. 

Why choose Salford Business School?

  1. We provide practical teaching, informed by our industry partners, so you develop the skills employers are looking for.
  2. You can make the programme fit around your life priorities with multiple start dates and a choice of full or part-time study.
  3. We're based on a beautiful, green campus, just minutes from Manchester city centre.
  4. We have excellent industry links with the dynamic Greater Manchester business community.
  5. We focus on the digital, ethical, and sustainability business challenges of the 21st century. 

To find out more, register for one of our Postgraduate Open Days or learn more about our master's courses in business, finance and law.

You will:

  • develop an advanced knowledge of global business law and legal concepts
  • Build a portfolio of valuable legal skills which employers need, including research and practical skills
  • enhance you ability to critically appraise global business issues and apply legal principles to craft potential solutions
  • broaden your perspective and work with people from across the world

options available


students accepted

This is for you if...


you want to develop a global perspective of the connections between people, information, trade and capital around the world


you are passionate about confronting the legal challenges of operating in a global, interconnected world


you are looking for an industry-informed course that will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills sought by employers


you want real-world experience through a consultancy or work-based project


you want to enhance your digital awareness and develop personally and professionally


you are looking to gain a competitive advantage by attaining an in-depth knowledge of global business law whilst also developing specialist skills sought by employers

Course details

All about the course

This course has two entry points per year: September and January.  

The programme begins with the 30-credit Legal Research and Professional Skills module. This module enables you to develop crucial legal research and employability skills, including opportunities to engage with our on-site legal advice clinic.

You will then study a number of 15-credit modules which will introduce you to a range of contemporary topics in the field of global business law and regulation. In addition to taught sessions, you will be expected to undertake significant independent study each week, and will also have opportunities to attend events delivered by guest speakers and employers.  

Upon successful completion of the first 120 credits, you will progress onto the default final 60 credits of the course, where you will develop and apply the skills and knowledge required to complete an extended piece of independent research (dissertation). Alternatively, you may choose to complete a  9-12 month work placement. Should you secure a placement for the final 60 credits of the course, you will attend an additional series of lectures to support you as you prepare for your work-based option. 

Core modules

Legal Research and Professional Skills

This module enables you to gain enhanced knowledge and understanding of legal writing and legal research skills required for advanced legal research to support your other Level 7 law modules and law dissertation or final project. You will be introduced to legal research methodologies and legal writing skills for both legal scholarship and practice. 

Global Financial Regulation

The module is designed to analyse the rationale and structure of regulation as applied to banks and financial services.  Financial Crises are cyclical in nature with regulation designed to ensure that such crises have limited impact, however, the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 provided evidence that regulatory structures were insufficiently robust to prevent collapse.  The module will analyse the pre and post crisis to provide an analysis of the regulatory environment faced by banks and financial services. 

International Corporate Law and Governance

The module will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of international corporate law and governance principles. It explores the legal frameworks and regulatory regimes governing corporations operating in a global context. Students will gain knowledge of the legal and practical aspects of corporate governance, including the rights and responsibilities of directors and shareholders, as well as the mechanisms for ensuring transparency, accountability, and ethical conduct within multinational corporations. There will be a particular emphasis on how respective Boards of Directors are adapting to the adoption of sustainable practice within their respective organisations.

Global Investment Law

Global investment law comprises numerous areas of law (public and private) relevant to the conduct of global business. This module aims to sharpen and stimulate your understanding of two crucial fields of this law: the one concerning the global regulation of trade in goods and services, and the one protecting foreign investments, both under public international law 

Legal Technology and Artificial Intelligence

This module will explore how legal technologies are bringing a fundamental shift in legal practice. The module explores emerging technologies facilitating this change including artificial intelligence. Through a blend of theory and practical application, students will delve into topics such as AI in legal research, AI in Law Firms and explore the social, legal, and economic implications of emerging technologies. The module critically examines the legal and regulatory issues such technology use presents and stimulates discussion on key philosophical debates such as consciousness, intelligence, and the determinism of technology success/limitation.   

Global Competition Law

This module focuses on Competition Law and its fundamental principles. The student will develop a strong foundation in competition law, including the concepts and theories that govern global competition. They will learn about anti-competitive practices, market dominance, merger control and other key aspects of competition law. There will be a particular focusing on the EU case law and the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) Articles 101 and 102. This module will also focus on the application of the competition law to the digital markets and Intellectual Property Law. Employing a comparative law perspective, the module will look too at some relevant aspects of the US antitrust law and UK competition law. 

International Trade Law

The module will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the legal frameworks and principles governing international trade and the sale of goods. It explores the legal aspects of cross-border transactions, including the formation and performance of international sales contracts, the rights and obligations of parties, and the resolution of disputes. Students will gain knowledge of key international conventions, treaties, and trade agreements that shape the legal landscape of international trade. 

Dissertation or Placement


The 60 credit dissertation is the keystone of an LLM and involves an in-depth investigation of a specific topic. This will help you to develop legal research skills and learn how to think critically and analytically, and involves identifying a legal research topic, conducting a literature review, collecting and analysing data, and presenting findings in an appropriate format through the application of a doctrinal, theoretical, normative, and socio-legal methodologies. 


Choosing the placement option as your final 60 credit module will provide you with the opportunity to work in an organisation on a full-time basis for a minimum of 44 weeks up to 12 months. You will develop work-based learning and apply theoretical knowledge and professional skills acquired during the programme to an identified organisational issue/problem/enquiry to devise recommendations and solutions. You will acquire valuable work experience as well as a range of research, data collection/analysis, communication, problem-solving and project management skills. 

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


This course’s teaching and learning strategies are based on the following principles: 

  • Global thinking 
  • Ethical, responsible and sustainable practice 
  • Professional competence 

Fostering the next generation of leaders by integrating people, values and the digital in order to meet the challenges and opportunities of a sustainable future. 

  • Lectures will introduce and explain key concepts and learning points and will be interactive in encouraging you to ask questions, engage in discussion and offer examples from your own personal and professional experiences. 
  • Seminars and workshops will provide you with the opportunity to apply and reflect upon the knowledge gained in lectures to a range of scenarios, enabling you to develop your critical thinking and problem solving and to receive tutor feedback. Seminars may also include the use of simulations and skills development courses that have micro-certification where available. 


Assessment is 100% coursework, there are no exams. The assessments on the course will enable you to develop and evidence a range of skills demanded by employers and may include:  

  • Written report 
  • Essays 
  • Presentations 
  • Group activities 


Taking the leap from undergraduate study? Returning after a study break? Joining us as an international student? Whatever your circumstance, we’re committed to supporting you throughout your studies. Find out more about our support for postgraduate students.

Why Choose Salford Business School?

Situated at the heart of Greater Manchester's £5 billion-pound business, finance and digital sector, Salford Business School stands as a dynamic hub for the development and exchange of knowledge. We combine cutting-edge learning with strong industry connections, preparing you to lead change in the fast-paced world of law and business. 

Our expert-led and industry-informed programmes provide highly practical teaching enriched with real-world learning opportunities. Most of our programmes offer various work placements locally, nationally, and internationally, allowing you to practice and develop your learning. 

Throughout your journey, we will equip you for a fulfilling life and professional career, fostering curiosity, adaptability, and confidence to tackle 21st-century challenges. 

Business: Science or art?

Our postgraduate degree award is a Masters of Science (MSc), reflecting our commitment to data-driven, evidence-based business decisions, even in innovative and creative endeavours. 

At the beating heart of it

You will study at our green Peel Park campus, just a short five-minute journey from central Manchester with close transport links, and our state-of-the-art campus at MediaCity is just a short bus ride away. 

Our dedicated student hub on the sixth floor of the Maxwell Building provides areas for collaborative and independent study and break-out spaces. Additionally, here you can find our in-school progression and careers teams to support your journey. 

Getting here

Our campuses are easily accessible, with Salford Crescent train station at the centre of our Peel Park campus. Whether travelling to us by bus, rail, bike, car, or plane, our campus is easily reached from all over Greater Manchester, Lancashire, and beyond. For international students, Manchester Airport is a short ride away and offers regular flights from London and many international airports. 

Dedicated support

Starting or continuing to study at university is a big decision, and we are committed to supporting you throughout your time with us. 

Our in-school Student Progression Assistants address programme and workload matters, whilst the Careers and Employability team, along with in-school advisors, offers personalised career support. The Library provides diverse learning support beyond your course, and for non-course matters, our university-wide support service, askUS, assist with topics from financial management to wellbeing. 

If entrepreneurship appeals to you, Launch @Salford, our start-up incubator, offers expert insight and support. Additionally, our Business School's Postgraduate Mentoring Scheme connects new master's students with existing ones, providing valuable guidance during your transition. 

These integrated support methods aim to help you seamlessly transition into your postgraduate course and ensure success during your time with us. 

A global community

Salford Business School is home to a diverse global student-staff community. Our teaching team consists of active researchers, academics, and industry experts who offer the latest in theory, research, and industry expertise. 

Furthermore, our diverse student community brings together individuals from various backgrounds and experiences, providing you with a well-rounded perspective, knowledge, and friendships that will shape you into a future leader and global citizen. This equips you to thrive in life and your career, instilling curiosity, adaptability, and confidence to confront the digital, ethical, and sustainability challenges of the 21st century. 

Programme Leader

Donal Loftus

Donal Loftus is the LLM Programme Leader. Donal qualified and practiced as a commercial solicitor before entering academia. His areas of expertise include corporate law, governance and international trade law.  

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Both in the UK and overseas the internationally focused 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. 

Career Links

This course has been designed in consultation with a range of partners spanning a number of different sectors, from multinational firms to international growth specialists to public-private partnership initiatives that grow international connectivity. 

The course works with a number of organisations engaged in different aspects of international business, with guest speakers sharing their insights and experiences and client firms developing opportunities for consultancy projects and, with support from the Salford Business School Employability Hub, work-based internships and placements. 



What you need to know


International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.

Find out about dedicated support for international applicants.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

Normally a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent. A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted, either in partial or complete fulfilment of entry requirements.

International students

We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements.

Alternative entry requirements

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).

Applicant Profile

This programme is suitable for you if you have completed a degree in any discipline (minimum 2:2) and wish to develop knowledge of the global commercial environment and the legal concepts that underpin its effective operation. You may aspire to legal practice, or to a business career more broadly. This LLM will give you a thorough knowledge of core legal principles and their application in the global business world.  

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2024/25 £8,550.00per year
Full-time international 2024/25 £16,560.00per year
Full-time home 2025/26 £8,550.00per year
Full-time international 2025/26 £16,560.00per year

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. For more information please see our funding section.

International applicants 

If you are applying from overseas and are accepted onto the programme with placement, there will be additional costs associated with visa extensions. These include:

  1. Extending your student visa fee (visit for more information). Please note, this is in addition to your original student visa fee.
  2. Tier 4 biometrics enrolment fee.
  3. Immigration Health Surcharge 12 month fee (visit for more information).

Visit Immigration and Visa FAQ and read the section on extending your Tier 4 visa for further information.

International scholarships

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2024

September 2025