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Cardiff Metropolitan University Law

LLM International Business – Master of Laws

Course Overview

To understand global interconnectedness of economies, markets and industries within which transnational corporations compete, an individual would require a high degree of knowledge and understanding of the municipal, regional and international customs, practices and laws. Such an individual would also require a certain set of communication skills to draft, present, negotiate, moot and write in a disciplined way.

LLM International Business programme therefore aims to provide such knowledge and understanding as well as the skills to the students through an advanced study and assessment of laws within subject areas and issues that are rooted in the international business and management environment.

The programme is designed to equip students to develop the understanding of concepts and theories, stimulate critical thinking and resolve legal disputes from a multidisciplinary perspective. The programme also offers students the opportunity to reflect on their own knowledge, experience and industry practice, particularly through peer interaction.

Course Content

The programme comprises a number of compulsory and optional modules, which can be studied either on a one year full time or a two year part time basis. In total, students are required to successfully complete 180 credits to be awarded the degree of LLM International Business.

Compulsory modules (140 credits):

  • International Business Law (20 credits)
  • Transnational Commercial Law (20 credits)
  • Business and Crime (20 credits)
  • The Role of Business in Society (20 credits)
  • Legal Research Skills and Reasoning (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)

In addition to the five foundation of knowledge compulsory taught modules above and the dissertation, students will need to undertake two specialist option modules dependent on the chosen pathway, if any.
The programme consists of the following four pathways. Operation of certain pathways* and modules are subject to a minimum class size.

LLM International Business (Finance)*
LLM International Business (Information Technology and Intellectual Property)*
LLM International Business (Entrepreneurship)*
LLM International Business (Employment and Human Resource)*

Options/ Pathway modules (40 credits):

Finance Pathway*:

  • Legal Aspects of International Finance (20 credits)
  • Legal Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions (20 credits)

Information Technology and Intellectual Property Pathway*:

  • E-Commerce and Security (20 credits)
  • Legal Applications and Intellectual Property in Technology (20 credits)

Entrepreneurship Pathway*:

  • Entrepreneurship and Law (20 credits)
  • Creativity, Marketing and Enterprise (20 credits)

Employment and Human Resource Pathway*:

  • Managing People in a Global Context (20 credits)
  • Employment Law and Practice (20 credits)

*The availability of these pathways is subject to a minimum class size. Please see our Terms & Conditions​ for further information.

Employability & Careers

The programme aims to equip individuals with the fundamentals of international business, through development of legal knowledge and skills, which will enable them to operate efficiently and lawfully as managers, entrepreneurs and specialist practitioners.

It provides disciplined legal context to individual’s business knowledge and experience in meeting the demands placed upon them in a highly competitive global commercial environment. The programme therefore opens a broad range of enhanced employment opportunities in business, management and administration across private and public sectors, including NGOs and international organisations.​​ Specifically LLM in International Business has proven to be a value-added qualification for business graduates who wishes to enter employment where regulatory compliance is needed in the areas of HR, marketing, legal, finance related businesses such as insurers and reinsurers, export/import and other supply chain organisations involved with international trade.

Previous graduates have entered multinational corporations as managers and administrators and indeed a few that were legally qualified before undertaking this programme have been able to enter into commercial chancery litigation and advisory practice areas.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Applicants are required to have at least one of the following:

  • Obtain a UK Honours Degree (or the equivalent of a UK Honours Degree) in a subject appropriate to the LLM. General or specific Business and Management, HRM,  Accounting, Finance and Law related degrees as well as postgraduate qualifications such as MBA are deemed to be appropriate.
  • Appropriate Professional qualifications or experience. Professional ACCA, Professional CIMA, Legal Practice Course, Bar Professional Training Course and CILEx Graduate Membership or related level of employment experience are deemed to be appropriate.

Applicants will also be required to satisfy English language requirements. Applicants whose Bachelor’s degree was not taught and assessed in English should have an English language level equivalent to IELTS 6.5​​.

Selection Procedure:
The broad entry requirements to the programme are set to ensure that the applications from candidates who have well founded and appropriate interest to pursue legal studies at an advanced level but not necessarily be from a legal background or have a law degree can be properly and reasonably considered.  The aim is to ensure that someone with a non-law degree or someone who has extensive employment experience in legally related field is treated as equitably as those holding law degrees or were in legal practice.

Therefore, whilst selection for this course is primarily through assessment of candidates’ academic attainments and/or work experience to date, additional information given in the application form and in particular a detailed personal statement and verifiable and evidence based curriculum vitae as well as satisfactory references will carry a great deal of weight. Where possible, personal interviews will also be conducted by the Programme Director.

In all the circumstances, the programme director will be happy to provide further and better particulars on the programme as well as informally advise potential candidates whether a formal application should be submitted.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Law (LLB)

Study Law at Cardiff and gain hands on experience of Law in the real world.

The LLB Law programme is both challenging and stimulating and enables you to build the skills required for a career in law or a wide range of professions.  In addition to the foundation modules which constitute the academic stage of training that is necessary to become a solicitor or barrister known as the ‘Qualifying Law Degree’, we offer a wide selection of optional study areas which cover traditional and contemporary legal subjects. This programme attracts students from all over the world and we offer a friendly, supportive and culturally diverse environment in which to study.

We are the only Russell Group University to offer both the academic stage of training to become a barrister or solicitor and the vocational stages of training: the Bar Professional Training Course or Legal Practice Course which means that you have the option to stay with us in Cardiff to complete your entire legal education. The Legal Practice Course has consistently received the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority/Law Society’s highest rating.

Our structured curriculum enables you to develop knowledge and legal skills in each year of study.  We support you to become an independent learner, able to undertake and understand new legal challenges and to respond to them effectively.

Distinctive features

We are committed to developing your employability, with our dedicated Careers Consultant on hand two days a week in the Law building. We offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities, some unique to Cardiff University, which equip our students with a competitive edge over other law graduates.

Pro Bono Schemes

We work in partnership with lawyers, charities and voluntary organisations to give our students the opportunity to practise and extend their skills.

Our two most established schemes are our Innocence Project (the first in the UK to have a conviction overturned by the Court of Appeal) and our NHS Continuing Healthcare Scheme, which is unique to Cardiff.

Both initiatives have won or been shortlisted for prestigious national awards and help by assisting members of the community and vulnerable groups with matters for which there is in reality no legal aid. You can also apply for a place on our scheme with the Welsh Rugby Union, where we advise amateur rugby clubs on legal issues.

The application process for each of our schemes is different and we cannot guarantee that students will secure a place on the scheme of their choice, or on any of our schemes. Our portfolio is regularly reviewed and what we offer is subject to change.


Our students are encouraged to enter annual mooting competitions. These competitions give you an opportunity to present legal issues before a judge, against an opposing counsel.

Mooting is a great skill to be able to add to your CV and provides an invaluable experience of public speaking in a formal setting court.

Client interviewing competition

Our students are encouraged to take part in an annual client interviewing competition, which has Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC as its President.

You will gain crucial experience interviewing and counselling in a simulated setting and will be assessed against specific criteria that include interpersonal skills and your ability to handle legal problems.

Coming to Cardiff University Law School was one of the best choices that I have ever made. The Law Programme has been an unforgettable experience so far, despite being challenging – it has proved beyond rewarding.

Caitlin Woodford, LLB student

Key facts

UCAS Code M100
Next intake September 2017
Duration 3 years
Mode Full time
Studying in Welsh Up to 81% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information
Accreditations Bar Standards Board
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
Typical places available The school typically has 550 places available
Typical applications received The school typically receives 3000 applications
Admissions tutor(s)

Entry requirements

For detailed entry requirements see the Cardiff School of Law and Politics admissions criteria pages.

Typical A level offer A Level grades AAA-AAB or AABB-ABBB. There are no specific subject requirements. It is not necessary to have A-level Law and we do not require students to sit the LNAT test. However, A-levels must include a minimum of two traditional academic subjects. Please see our detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information. General Studies is not accepted.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer Grades AAB from a combination of 2 A levels and the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma Core.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer 35 points including 6, 6 and 5 at higher level.
Other requirements Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Mayo Win-Pe:
Tel: 029 2041 7164

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting