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100% Online LL.M International Business Law

The Online Master of Laws (LL.M) in International Business Law is the prime management qualification for lawyers and managers wishing to strengthen their legal knowledge; research indicates that the LL.M is a catalyst for individuals with strong career aspirations. The University of Cumbria now offers students the opportunity to complete an LL.M by blended learning, enabling them to study while continuing to work.

The LL.M qualification continues to be the gold standard for career development not only within the Legal sector, including those practising law in commercial and business fields, but also in the Business and Management field. It is often a vehicle for gaining promotion to middle and senior management, by demonstrating a broader capability and knowledge than in business alone. As global business law development continues to grow and evolve, this programme offers the opportunity to those who want to develop their careers to gain the qualification in just one year.

Learn at Switzerland’s premier private college and graduate, with students from over 130 different countries, from the University of Cumbria.

Admission Requirements

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

The formal entry requirements are:

  • An honours degree at 2:2 or above.
  • At least 2 years’ relevant work experience.
  • English language at IELTS 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in each component).

Applications are considered from candidates who do not meet the formal entry requirements but can provide evidence of equivalence.

Examples of equivalence are:

  • A wide range of professional qualifications and/or work experience.
  • Working or studying in English or an English-speaking environment.

Applications will be considered from candidates who do not meet the formal entry requirements but who can demonstrate by interview the commitment to complete the programme successfully.

Programme Outline

Tutors teaching on this programme are legal professionals with a wealth of experience in both academic theory and the practical application of those theories.

Professor David Costa, Dean of the Robert Kennedy College, who will be leading the transnational business law module, has extensive experience international law, including doctoral studies at the Law faculty of the University of Basel, Switzerland, post-graduate studies in U.S. law at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and the University of Northumbria at Newcastle Law School. Additionally, Prof. Costa is a regular guest as a market strategist on international TV networks such as CNBC and Bloomberg television.

Students in the LL.M programme will have access to state of the art legal libraries such as LexixNexis and Westlaw.


  • Advanced Legal Skills
  • Transnational Business Law
  • Contracts and International Trade Law
  • International ADR
  • Individual Dissertation

Module Descriptions

There are no average modules within our LL.M in International Business Law programme. We are committed to providing an exceptional learning experience, and there is no better way to achieve this than with outstanding modules. They have been carefully crafted by experienced professors and are all intended to make you a more successful and efficient legal professional.

There are no old-fashioned exams. Instead, you are given real-life case studies to work on and essays to write, which allow you to think critically about current legal issues that might be directly relevant to your own career. All this might seem too glossy but there is one catch: we do not accept average candidates. Only individuals as outstanding as our values are accepted for admission to Robert Kennedy College.


Not-for-credit module

A not-for-credit induction module will be the starting point of the programme. The induction process is designed to familiarise you with the programme design, requirements and resources, as well as with the way that the online interaction, learning and grading will take place. After the induction you will be familiar with academic life, including academic writing, library services and library access, the OnlineCampus access, and academic support services.

This module, which is compulsory for all LLM students, provides an opportunity for students to develop core skills in legal research. Expert guidance is provided in locating and using international law sources especially electronic sources. Particular attention is also paid to analysis of legal texts, reasoning skills, presenting research, both orally and in writing and appropriate referencing.

Transnational Business Law LAWS7123

The aim of this module is to provide students with a sound understanding of different issues in transnational business law. This survey of transnational business law will cover several topics including transnational lawyering, the international legal environment, international tax law, transnational sales, agency & distribution agreements, mergers & acquisitions and joint ventures.

Through the analysis of both the case law and sample agreements emphasis will be placed on practical issues in a range of transnational legal problems relevant to both legal practitioners and international managers.

Contracts and International Trade Law LAWS7124

The aim of this module is to provide an appreciation of the laws governing the trading of goods on the international marketplace. To examine the development and influence of the laws governing such export trading, legal relationships between the parties, the nature of the particular types of contracts and the rights and liabilities that arise.

International Alternative Dispute Resolution LAWS7104

The purpose of this module is to familiarise students with a wide range of dispute resolution processes as alternatives to conventional forms of adjudication and their impact on legal system. The module will equip you with basic tools which can help you in representing your client in an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process, primarily in mediation. The module in particular aims to form ones own approach to help clients and society select and employ the most effective, just, and humane methods of dispute resolution. The module will cover a wide range of jurisdictions where ADR is possible, developing a comparative standpoint and focusing more on the broad area of commercial disputes. ADR is a truly interdisciplinary field comprising law, social science, economics, psychology and others. However, the module is primarily designed for lawyers and experts directly involved in resolution of legal disputes. ADR is also a newly emerging and vibrant area of scholarship where it is impossible to give simple “yes” or “no” answers to most questions. Therefore the module will employ critical thinking and an open discussion approach.

Dissertation LAWS7122

This dissertation module aims to enable students to provide a major piece of summary evidence as to the student’s understanding of a topic selected from the optional topics offered on the international business law degree or on the advanced information technology law degree, depending on the programme of study of the student.

It will provide an opportunity for the students to demonstrate how they can synthesise their acquired knowledge and skills into an analytical or empirical study of a legal topic relevant to their degree.

  • Duration

    Minimum 12 months, maximum 5 years.

  • Delivery Method

    100% online via OnlineCampus (an interactive online learning environment) with intensive class discussion and collaboration.

  • Places

    The number of places per term is strictly limited to 40.

  • Ranking

    The University of Cumbria is ranked number 8th in the World for Quality Education by the Times Higher Education in 2020.

  • Terms

    Four terms per year (winter, spring, summer and autumn).

  • Tuition Fees

    12,000 CHF (Swiss Francs). You might be eligible for a bursary of 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs) reducing your tuition fees to 13,000 CHF (Swiss Francs). This includes library access, OnlineCampus access, graduation fees, and University of Salford matriculation fees. Fees are payable in interest free instalments over 12 months, however, the programme is not eligible for UK Postgraduate Loans for Master’s Study. The fees are for the entire programme, and include all the courses as well as supervision for the final innovation project.

  • Accreditation and Recognition

    The University of Cumbria LL.M programme offered online is recognised worldwide. The University of Cumbria received the University title, and degree awarding powers, from by Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council. It is fully recognised by the British Government and duly listed on the United Kingdom’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills list of recognised UK awarding institutions.

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