Corporate & Financial Law LLM

Studying law in library

The programme provides a specialist focus on transactions, markets and global regulatory issues. Modern lawyers need to understand the structure and interplay of both corporate and financial law both at domestic and international level.

Key facts

Why this programme

  • You will focus on key areas such as the legal framework for equity capital, issuing debt, takeovers and insolvency.
  • The programme covers both the private law focus on the structuring of individual transactions, and the public law focus on the regulation of financial institutions and markets.
  • You will be taught by a team of academics with practical experience of transactions and regulatory issues.
  • The programme covers aspects of UK, EU and international law.

Programme structure

You will study three or four courses from the following list (one choice can come from other subject areas), and submit a dissertation as falling within the area. Courses are delivered through a blend of lectures and seminar style teaching. You will be taught by a team of academics with practical experience of transactions and regulatory issues. 


  • Corporate social responsibility and the law
  • Corporate finance
  • Corporate governance
  • Debt finance and security
  • International financial regulation 
  • International finance law 
  • International investment law 
  • International merger control 
  • International tax law
  • M&A transactions.

Background and aims

‌The LLM in Corporate and Financial Law brings together in-depth study of two key areas which are strongly connected in both practice and theory. Corporate law and financial law are tied together across the entire life-cycle of a corporation, from initial venture capital funding and debt financing, to share offers, governance, takeovers, and insolvency. The programme offers a range of options that deal with both private and public law aspects of corporate and financial law, and there is a strong international dimension throughout.

As part of the Taught Masters Programme, there is a compulsory one-week induction programme, tailored specifically for the LLM. This offers students information and guidance on learning methods, research skills, and on non-academic aspects of life and study in Glasgow.

What our students say

Qi Qiu, China (2009-10)

Qi QiuWhy did you decide to study at the University of Glasgow?
I decided to study at the University of Glasgow for the following reasons:
1. The School of Law is quite famous in the UK especially the courses regarding corporate law;
2. Unlike other LLM programmes, the School of Law at the University of Glasgow provides classes with small student numbers. This allows each student the chance to participate in discussing issues with Professors and other classmates;
3. Upon consultation with other legal professionals, I found the courses offered on this LLM Programme were quite practical and useful from the employment perspective.

Why did you choose your programme of study?
I chose this programme because I was determined to be specialised as a corporate lawyer after graduation.

What can you tell us about your experience studying at the School of Law?
The experience of studying at the School of Law was challenging and competitive. Every class I had offered me different perspectives of law and finance, which kept me studying and questioning more as a graduate student and has brought me the habit of staying demanding in my career.

What did you like the most?
What I like the most about the School of Law is that the faculties and Professors are always helpful both to your professional study and to your English skills.

How was your academic experience?
Studying at the School of Law was always challenging. For each class, you would be provided with a substantial amount of reading material and a list of questions that would be proposed in the classes. Therefore, with limited time to prepare for each class, I was trained to be intuitive and quite focused on targeting potential legal issues and the solution or answers to such issues. In addition, Professor Iain MacNeil always encouraged us to read the Financial Times and provided us with corporate cases, so that we were taught to analyse issues from a commercial point of view. These skills that I learnt and was trained in at the School of Law play a profound role in my career.


What support/facilities did you find most useful?
The University of Glasgow possesses one of the finest libraries in the UK. You can find all kinds of information and sources.

What do you think of Glasgow, the city? How is it like to live here as a (international) student?
Glasgow is a friendly city and easy to get around. You can get all kinds of food and all the goods you need in the city centre which is within walking distance from the campus. People in Glasgow are quite laid-back and hard-working.

How do you feel your Programme helped you with your career plans?
The Programme I completed helped me to secure a position as a corporate lawyer in Shanghai. It assisted me getting a job quicker than my peers. According to some of my classmates who pursued a career as investment bankers, possessing LLM degrees in corporate and finance law really helped them to stand out from other applicants and the banks appreciate and prefer employees with legal and financial knowledge and skills.

What would you recommend to a potential student thinking of coming to the School of Law?
The School of Law possesses top facilities including library, database, world famous Professors and high quality teaching. Therefore, it enjoys a great reputation and obtaining a degree from the School of Law would be of great help to your future career. All you should do before choosing an LLM Programme is to find out which profession or specific area of law you would like to focus in the future.

Ahmed Abdelwahab, Egypt (2015-16)

'Studying in the University of Glasgow was one of the best and conscious decisions I have ever made whether on a personal or academic level. Studying in Scotland has been an excellent experience where you meet people from all over the world and get exposed to different cultures. Glasgow is really a welcoming and friendly city for international students, every one similes to your face. It is hard to feel homesick in Scotland when you are surrounded with lifelong friends and feel you are welcome.

The University of Glasgow offers a great environment for studying. The university’s staff never hesitated to provide help. They always respond to any inquiries on time. The courses are well organised and informed. The university also facilitate internship opportunities to students. In addition to that, I am really fascinated by the social events that the school organises. It is a brilliant idea to socialise with students from different programmes where you can share your knowledge and networking with students from different disciplines.

The University of Glasgow has one of the biggest sport facilities in the UK. There are more than 50 sports clubs sponsored and subsidised by the university. Personally I joined the Mountaineering Club. It was a great experience and I had the opportunity to go around hiking in the beautifully nature of Scotland.'

Angele Azzopardi, Malta (2015-16)

'I distinctly remember my first day at the University of Glasgow. I was instantly captivated by its grandiose architecture and further humbled by its history and esteemed alumni. As an LLM law student, I have undoubtedly benefitted from the programme taught by its distinguished experts. However, to me, the most valuable lesson learnt throughout the academic year was to find and emulate the same kind of passion my lecturers and professors have for their subjects.

Scotland has much to offer. From breathtaking views in the highlands, to beautiful towns and cities endowed with beauty and rich in history. Where one might argue that Edinburgh is Scotland’s soul with its historical landmarks and scenic views. Its’ sister city, Glasgow is the heart of Scotland. Glasgow is a vibrant place to be, offering unforgettable nights out, an array of different cuisines, museums as well beautiful parks.

Nonetheless Glasgow’s truest gem perhaps is its people. On arriving, one is quickly greeted with banners stating, ‘People make Glasgow’. Indeed, they do. Glasgow is home to some of the warmest and friendliest people I have had the pleasure of meeting. Furthermore, I have had the opportunity of meeting other students for all over the world, some of which I have managed to forge unforgettable friendships with. Thus, in this way Glasgow is rich in diversity.'

Wan Nurfarha Binti Wan Ali, Malaysia (2015-16)

'Studying at the University of Glasgow is a precious experience for me. It is a perfect combination of what I am expecting from an LLM programme, supportive lecturers and staff and having new friends from all around the world makes studying here an enjoyable journey. Living in a not too crowded town plus beautiful scenery, and among the most wonderful people I have ever met makes living here feels like I am at home.'

Oeyvind Brandal, Norway (2015-16)

'Taking an LLM degree at the University of Glasgow has proven to be the best choice I have made during my education. Its prestige is well known amongst practitioners and will be an essential topic in your next job interview. Combined with the density of bars, Indian restaurants (my favourite) and the friendliness of Scottish people, I am confident that you will enjoy your time here.'

Kevin Brühl, Germany (2015-16)

'My experiences about studying at the University of Glasgow are pretty good. The various LLM programmes are, in my opinion, well compiled and structured. I enjoyed all of my courses and their content, which provide students with the legal knowledge about a particular subject as well as with necessary economic background knowledge. Therefore, the programme met my expectations.

Furthermore, Glasgow is a lovely city, open-minded and incredibly friendly to everyone. The Glaswegians are the friendliest people I have met in my life and, thus, I accustomed myself very easily and never felt left alone.'

Essimaria Junno, Finland (2015-16)

'I have truly enjoyed my year studying the LLM in Corporate & Financial Law at the University of Glasgow and would highly recommend the programme. I chose to complete my postgraduate degree at the University of Glasgow because of its reputation for academic excellence and the wide variety of courses taught. I had the opportunity to study International Merger Control, Corporate Finance and International Financial Regulation under the supervision of leading academics and practitioners. All of my lecturers were friendly, approachable and most of all genuinely interested in ensuring that their students understood the difficult legal concepts discussed. I was never hesitant to ask questions or approach my lecturers after seminars.

The Induction week organised by the School of Law was a great way to get to know the university and meet lecturers and fellow students. I would encourage everyone to actively take part in the introductory lectures and events organised as it will not feel as daunting to start the academic year when you see familiar faces in the lecture theatres.

Glasgow is a beautiful vibrant city with endless opportunities. There is something happening every day, from concerts and art gallery openings to real ale festivals. Special mention should be given to the people of Glasgow who are exceedingly welcoming and friendly.'

older testimonials

Darya Matskevich, Belarus (2014-15)

'This is my second year in Glasgow (I finished GIC). First of all I would advise new students to join any societies or sports clubs. It may help to find friends, experience something new and relax after study. Secondly, it is very important to manage the study time from the very beginning. It is very good to be prepared for the first lectures and listen to the teacher in order to identify what the course is about and how it is better to be prepared for the essays and exams. Moreover, the teachers are very helpful and the special courses in relation to study skills may develop your skills and help to get a better mark. The requirements, for example, for the essay are quite specific. And it would be better to know them before starting writing or before preparing for the exam. Otherwise, even with a good knowledge of the subject it is a strong possibility to get a low mark. Thirdly, I would advise to use as much as possible the opportunity to go outside and to travel. Glasgow is quite a nice place where it is possible to find interesting stuff for everybody. The only necessity is your desire to have fun. Travelling is number one in the Scottish experience. There is an ISUK tour society that organise good and not expensive trips. However, the trip may be even cheaper if you identify how to use trains, busses, which provide good student discounts as well as group discounts.'

Maximilian Mayer, Germany (2014-15)

'Living and studying in Glasgow was a unique experience for various reasons. On the one hand the School of Law provided an excellent academic but still personal and productive environment. On the other hand Glasgow is one of the most multifaceted cities I have ever experienced. Regardless of your interests you will find a place for enjoyment and inspiration. With more than 25,000 students there will be no night where you cannot meet students from any place in the world in one of the numerous bars and clubs. With the highlands and the coast on the doorstep you will be able to experience beautiful and untouched nature. I never regretted my decision to come to Glasgow.'

Brisia Mendoza Herrera, Mexico (2014-15)

'Studying at the University of Glasgow is an unforgettable experience. The beauty of the main building is overwhelming, it literally compels you to study. The university provides an atmosphere of understanding and inclusion, you will meet people from all over the world and will be taught by brilliant people who are the top professionals in their fields. Staff are always ready to help; access to useful and up-to-date resources is easy because there is a true concern for academic improvement. Living in the city of Glasgow is also an experience, Glaswegians are really friendly and particularly welcoming with students. It is easy to get around and there is always something going on; boredom is a choice! I am proud to say that I made the best decision when I enrolled in my Masters course, it has been a fantastic experience!'

Philemon Omede, Nigeria (2014-15)

'My decision to choose the University of Glasgow from about eight offers from other options in Edinburgh and London was quite a surprise to some of my friends. I opted to come here because of the university’s reputation and the impressive ranking of the School of Law. My programme has been as challenging as it is interesting, thanks to the commitment and industry of the staff.

Against the gloomy weather forecasts, I held on to the slender promise in the Postgraduate prospectus that 'the weather is not always that terrible'. Now I can confirm that: Glasgow is an exciting city and Glaswegians, like most Scottish people, are about the kindest and loveliest people you can find on the planet, safe for Nigerians maybe.'

Alice Papin, France (2014-15)

'My objective before coming to Glasgow was to enhance my CV and my chances on the job market by differencing myself with a UK LLM. Studying in Glasgow permitted me to improve my legal skills. Indeed I am coming from a country with civilian law jurisdiction, so the study of a common law legal system permits me to understand and work with these different legal sources.

However this experience is much more than that. During this year, I have had the opportunity to meet people from all around the world, learning about different cultures. It is first of all an exciting personal experience.

Finally, I cannot talk about my experience in Glasgow without mentioning the wonderful country, which Scotland is. Visiting Scotland during your free time (principally at the beginning of the first semester) is a real break and permits you to enjoy the wild Scottish landscapes.'

Obiora Ezike, Nigeria (2013-14)

'I chose the University of Glasgow for three major reasons: one was because of the reputation of the school; second was because being a practicing corporate lawyer for almost 3 years, I needed a programme which was both specific and practical and which would enable me to develop my skills further; third was because I wanted to experience the feeling of living in one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities. I must say that my experiences so far have been beyond what I expected. The programme has been challenging but also rewarding. I think the most memorable parts of my studies here are learning and interacting with people from diverse backgrounds, as well as being able to develop a specific career focus. I will definitely recommend the university to anyone.'

Siti Fitrah Mohamed Jamal, Malaysia (2013-14)

'I love the flexibility of the LLM programme that allows me to choose the subjects suitable to my interest and needs. The learning sessions are insightful, as the lecturers make the seminar sessions a two-way learning experience where students are free to pose questions and give their opinions. The lecturers are also renowned individuals in their fields.'

Patricia Schneider, Germany (2013-14)

'The University of Glasgow has many great features. What first struck me was the magnificent main building that gives the campus its beauty. The university’s academic library has an excellent online database that provides a wide range of research possibilities. When the weather cooperates you can enjoy wonderful parks and the beautiful botanic gardens or when it does not, you can visit museums or the outstanding sport facilities. The city’s nightlife is likewise colourful and invites you to experience the cities thriving pub culture where you can meet locals, listen to great live music, and hang out with your friends over a pint and some haggis.'

Yang Yang, China (2013-14)

'The University of Glasgow is a fantastic university with a beautiful campus in a charming city with friendly people. Studying here with well-organised courses, I find myself improving in numerous aspects especially the knowledge of my favourite area. Our professors help us to build a better knowledge structure which will be truly helpful in practice in the near future. The staff provide patient assistance with the problem in our studying. The classmates from the UK, Germany, Greece, Japan, Ukraine etc. become my friends and share their enthusiasm towards study. Living in Glasgow, I can feel a strong cultural ambience. The unique architecture, attractive museums, classical dramas, melodious Scottish bagpipe, fragrant Scottish whisky are the factors I am enchanted by. The natural scenery near Glasgow is spectacular. Highlands, Isle of Skye, Loch Lomond etc. are breathtaking. As I usually say, Glasgow, how could you be such a beauty.'

Altynay Darbayeva, Kazakhstan (2012-13)

'For me studying at the University of Glasgow is a big step towards an advanced law degree. Over the year long course I have come across and have been learning through a variety of teaching styles in classrooms as well as independent study at the library. Being in the University of Glasgow supportive learning environment I feel that I have made the right decision to continue my education here.'

Alexandra Kobzeva, Russia (2012-13)

'In the programme I really liked the possibility to combine the courses in my own way without restrictions. But what I loved the most about my LLM is that it covers a wide variety of topics that allows every student to find something interesting, but at the same time the structure of each seminar was very detailed and thoroughly balanced that students with previous working experience could benefit from it. 

Glasgow as a city is vibrant, cultural and so authentic! If you want to have a feel for Scotland Glasgow is the right place to be. It is fantastic to meet wonderful Highland cows during a Sunday walk in the country park, or to step every day on the land of Adam Smith and James Watt, or to dance a ceilidh dance in one of the numerous students’ events.'

Rasmus Taarnhoj, Denmark (2012-13)

'I chose the University of Glasgow – School of Law due to its historical heritage and academic reputation within the area of corporate and financial law. All the lecturers have an extremely high academic level, who during the rewarding and well-organised courses manages to combine the theoretical aspect to each specific area of law with a practical approach that makes you learn how to use the law on ‘real’ problems. Furthermore, the university has excellent student-facilities - a ‘well-equipped’ library with convenient opening hours – and a friendly and service-minded administrative-staff that provide you with a superb service during both the application-procedure and the studies. 

Glasgow is also a great student city with its wide range of possibilities within culture, shopping, architecture and pubs. The citizens are helpful, open-minded and obliging which makes you feel welcome when you move around in the city. Finally, it is fairly cheap to live in Glasgow, and the city has a broad and efficient transport-system.  I can strongly recommend the University of Glasgow – School of Law to prospective students as a place of academic excellence and skills development.'

Career prospects

There is a high demand for law professionals with expertise in both corporate and financial law. You will be well placed for roles in law firms, banks, insurers, asset managers, regulators and international organisations.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Corporate and Financial Law are a good first degree in law (2:1 upwards or equivalent) or a first degree (2:1 upwards or equivalent) with at least 50% of the credits in law.

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.5
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 23
    • Listening:23
    • Speaking: 23
    • Writing: 24
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 64 overall;  no sub-test less than 62
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office:


For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017-18


Home and EU
Full time fee£7700
Part time 20 credits£856
Full time fee£17250

Fees are subject to change and for guidance only

Additional fees

  • Fee for submission by a research student: £460
  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £300
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work: £1,000
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £200
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship: £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period): £260
  • Registration/exam only fee: £110
  • General Council fee: £50

Alumni discount

A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni applying to the LLM. This includes graduates and those who have completed a Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School at the University of Glasgow. The discount is applied at registration for students who are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No additional application is required.

Funding opportunities

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What documents do I need to provide to make an application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

How do I provide my references?

You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There is two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application (or through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Postgraduate Admissions
Marketing, Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Further Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU): 21 July 2017 
  • UK and EU applications: 25 August 2017

Classes start September 2017 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

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