International Commercial Law LLM

International Commercial Law

Continual developments in e-commerce and a shift towards global trading mean that new legal skills and knowledge are constantly needed in many jobs. The programme will prepare you for a career focused in these key international areas.

Key facts

Why this programme

  • Commercial law has been a strength of the School of Law for many years, and this programme reflects the considerable expertise of the staff involved.
  • You will benefit from our excellent facilities including the dedicated School of Law library; our main University library also contains our extensive collection of legal materials and official publications and is a European Documentation Centre.
  • We promote a series of lectures featuring talks from highly successful lawyers and judges.
  • We have a very vibrant mooting programme and a dedicated Moot Courtroom. We have an outstanding record of success and you can participate in internal, national and international mooting competitions.

Programme structure

You will learn through lectures, seminars and group projects and presentations. The use of international sources, such as conventions, means you learn about the law in the UK while also developing a broader international perspective.

You will study three or four courses from the following list (one choice can come from other subject areas), and to submit a dissertation approved as falling within the area. Courses are delivered through a blend of lectures and seminar style teaching.


  • Advanced international competition law 
  • Corporate social responsibility and the law
  • Corporate finance
  • Corporate governance
  • Debt finance and security
  • E-Commerce, rights management and information
  • European Union trade law
  • International competition law
  • International financial regulation 
  • International trade law 
  • International investment law 
  • International merger control
  • International sales and finance
  • International tax law
  • M&A transactions.

Background and aims

‌As the European internal market, and global markets continue to develop, commercial lawyers are increasingly in demand both in the public and private sectors. Commercial law is one of the strengths of the School of Law and the courses taught on the programme reflect the considerable expertise of staff involved. The range of courses offered on the programme provides a sound academic basis for future careers in commercial legal practice, either in the UK or abroad, as well as careers in areas such as banking, international trade and regulatory bodies.

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

Apoorv Jain, India (2009-10)

Apoorv JainWhy did you decide to study at the University of Glasgow?

I got accepted for several Universities based in the UK but my prime reason for studying at Glasgow University was the significant amount of heritage the University had. It offered great diversity and the University provided a significant amount of support to all the international students.

Why did you choose your programme of study?
Commercial Law has always been a passion of mine as I was always working with various lawyers associated with Commercial law.

What can you tell us about your experience studying at the School of Law?
The whole experience was absolutely tremendous not just because of the University but also with the friends I acquired through my one year of study there. The amount of knowledge one gathers from books can never be matched by ones interaction with a person of from a completely different origin.


What did you like the most?
At first I had a little tough time getting through the academic session as it was a little new for me but gradually with the help of the various Professors and students I was able to get by pretty well.

What support/facilities did you find most useful?
According to my experience everything that the University had to offer in terms of facilities/support was very useful. The entire legal database along with the massive library and the various other curricular activities were definitely helpful in every step of the way.

What do you think of Glasgow, the city? How is it like to live here as a (international) student?
One of the reasons for choosing the University was the city itself. Before I came to Glasgow I read about the city so much that I truly fell in love with the city and its culture. I have studied in various cities abroad but by far this has been the best experience I could have ever had.

How do you feel your programme helped you with your career plans?
Through this program my horizons widened and when I came back to my own country, I truly understood all the services which can be offered to the foreign legal market. It helped me grow my career in the international perspective.

What would you recommend to a potential student thinking of coming to the School of Law?
If I had to advise someone to be a part of the University and if he or she would have had the opportunity to be a part of it, I can say only one thing that comes to my mind, never miss that opportunity because it is going to change your life forever.

Emmanuelle Bouton, France (2015-16)

'After spending a year at the University of Glasgow as an Erasmus student, I decided to come back for an LLM in International Commercial Law after my fifth year of law in France.

The University of Glasgow offers facilities I have never seen elsewhere: an incredible gym, a large library, a free minibus service from the student halls to the university, and a variety of cafeterias. On top of this, I feel like I am studying in Hogwarts because of the magnificent architecture of the university.

In the LLM Programme, social events are organised, conferences given by qualified speakers, and internship offers are sent frequently. The teachers and the staff members are very open and helpful to students. But what I mostly appreciate is the international atmosphere, people from all around the world take part in the programme. It is so inspiring to share our own culture and learn about other nationalities.

Glasgow in itself is amazing, I love living here for its social and cultural dimensions. There are plenty of things to discover in the city and around. The university is located in the best area, the West End: ‘A city in the city’ as everything can be found there. It is just so convenient.

My experience in Glasgow is unique and unforgettable. My years in Glasgow are truly my best years of university.'

Kamal Huseynli, Azerbaijan (2015-16)

'I am very glad to spend a year in Glasgow and be a part of the University of Glasgow. During my postgraduate year I have always been encouraged by our lecturers to attend courses very deeply and they have directed me to learn the topics from various critical aspects which have helped me to reach a better level than I had in my field before coming to Glasgow.

Glasgow is a very friendly and interesting city for foreigners. People are very kind and helpful. Additionally, there are many places to visit in my spare time both in Glasgow and Scotland. Therefore, I have spent amazing and unforgettable times in Glasgow.'

Anuoluwapo Onifade, Nigeria (2015-16)

'Studying in Glasgow is amazing because there are a lot of open spaces and parks close to the university where you can meet with friends or classmates or just generally hang out like the Botanic Gardens and Kelvingrove Park. Also, the university makes it incredibly easy to make new friends both in your programme and outside your programme. Glasgow is rich in culture because no matter which nationality you are, you can always find something in Glasgow that reminds you of home. Lastly, the nightlife in Glasgow is great due to the large number of clubs and bars both in the West End and the City Centre. You can safely go out at night and have fun with your friends no matter the time.'

Krit Siribunyawat, Thailand (2015-16)

'Outstanding quality of teaching. Diverse background of students. Lively and enjoyable city that will keep you amused.'

older testimonials

Fatima Elkogali, Sudan (2014-15)

'Being an international student from Sudan, I chose the University of Glasgow for its prominent academic standards and to discover more about the Scottish culture. My time in Scotland and Glasgow specifically is indeed a memorable experience that will add a lot to both my career and my personal life.'

Tuomas Huokuna, Finland (2014-15)

'My experience in Glasgow, for the last 8 months, has been spectacular. The University of Glasgow is immensely helpful and beautiful to work with at all levels. Academic staff, while extremely competent, have been easy to approach while maintaining a high standard of teaching.

As for Glasgow as a city, it is just amazing. There is a load of great (and free!) museums of history, arts and culture, and the city is quite easy to navigate with the subway or just by foot, and people are friendly and like to help, especially newcomers in town.'

Wei-Chuan Lai, Taiwan (2014-15)

'Studying and living in Glasgow is fantastic. The University of Glasgow is one of the oldest universities in Britain and the campus is just like Hogwarts. The staff at the university and School of Law are friendly and helpful, and academic staff are extremely knowledgeable. Besides, it is easy to live in Glasgow, there are plenty of pubs, restaurants and supermarkets around the university.'

Cong Shang, China (2014-15)

'Before I came to Glasgow, I imagined many times how my life would be there. However, when I began my postgraduate life in Glasgow I found that the wonderful city and the friendly people here are far beyond my imagination. Honestly, I fell in love with our university at first sight because of its splendid building which looks like a castle and makes me feel I am studying in Hogwarts! That is amazing! Also, our university library is really cool and I can find any resource I want in it. Another important reason why I enjoy my study so much is the kindness of all the responsible and patient instructors. As an international student, there are so much new things to learn and practice, all of my instructors always answer my questions timely and give me constructive suggestions on my study. That truly helps me to adapt to a different academic environment quickly. Generally speaking, I already regard Glasgow as my second home since I never feel I am an outsider. By the way, I am totally addicted to fish and chips and would be glad to eat them every day.'

Brieuc Baudin, Belgium (2013-14)

'I wanted to carry on my education abroad from the very beginning. In order to persuade my parents to pay for my LLM, I had to find a place with a good reputation i.e. a good ranking. But for me, it was also important to find a lively place where I could enjoy every moment of my spare time. Leaving the weather and the accent aside, Glasgow is the perfect place to study: the School of Law is ranked no 1 in Scotland, their staff are dynamic and competent, people are truly friendly (which still amazes me sometimes), the night life is very diversified and (girly advice) it is the perfect place to do shopping at a very reasonable price. Studying abroad is a life experience and I am glad to live this moment here, in Glasgow.'

Jahangir Gafarov, Azerbaijan (2013-14)

'Choosing the University of Glasgow from the variety of universities in the UK was my deliberate and well-considered decision. My experience of studying at the University of Glasgow has been amazing and I have had a wonderful year. First of all the city itself is a very comfortable place to study and live. Glasgow is a monument to the past but at the same time is a modern, multicultural and vibrant city. The International Commercial Law programme at the University of Glasgow has met all my expectations. The courses were well structured in a very sensible manner. The lessons were always interesting and exciting due to very enthusiastic lecturers. The knowledge and quality of the staff at the University of Glasgow was very impressive which deserves particular mention. Now, at the end of the programme I have to say that it really provides you with the opportunity to obtain a much deeper understanding of the principles of commercial law in a wide range of aspects. I believe that it will help me to launch and successfully develop my career in an international perspective. I loved every aspect of the programme. The University of Glasgow has provided me with the most valuable, highly enjoyable and unforgettable experience, which, I believe, will be very helpful in my life and career.'

Christoph Thalmann, Switzerland (2013-14)

'Even though it is quite challenging and demanding, I simply love being able to spend a year here in Glasgow. It is a great experience to attend classes with other students from all over the world. Most of the teachers are not only highly qualified but try to design the course in an interesting way. There is a lot of reading to do but the library is just great. If you get bored in Glasgow you definitely did something wrong. There is so much on all the time. The West End is kind of a special place with its own atmosphere. There are many nice pubs very close to the university but it is also no problem to get to the city centre. Unfortunately, I did not have the time to travel around Scotland a lot but Glasgow seems to be a good point to start from, especially if you want to head to nearby Loch Lomond. Edinburgh is not far either. I definitively can recommend studying and living in Glasgow.'

Dilyara Valiullova, Russian Federation (2013-14)

'The School of Law at the University of Glasgow is a prodigy of learning! Great library collection, modern approach to studying, friendly atmosphere and guest talk’s with eminent law experts provide a solid platform for professional development. It is an inexhaustible source of inspiration to meet successful lawyers, famous scholars and authors of significant scientific works in the field of law and get first hand legal experience! A Master's degree at the University of Glasgow has helped me to enhance my knowledge and meet fantastic and law-devoted people from all over the world! It has broadened my professional horizons! Glasgow is a wonderful mix of old and new architecture, and the city itself has a lot of busy, narrow cobbled streets. Behind it, the atmosphere is very relaxed, the streets are full of lively pubs and pavement cafes. Moreover, the cultural events followed swiftly on from one another: ballet, live-concerts, musicals, cinema, performance, parades and circus! As long as one is not engrossed in his or her law book, Glasgow offers plenty of diverse entertainment!'

Miriam Mebarek, Algeria (2012-13)

'The LLM in International Commercial Law provided me with a practical approach to commercial contracts and gave me a full knowledge of the common law system. Choosing the LLM programme at the University of Glasgow was one of my best decisions. First, the LLM programme offers a wide range of core and optional courses. Secondly, the Professors are very professional and master fully the subjects that they are teaching. Finally, the course is delivered through seminars. Therefore, there is always an interaction between the Professors and the students. In addition, the University of Glasgow facilities are great; particularly the postgraduate area in the main library where the atmosphere is pleasant. Furthermore, Glasgow has a fantastic range of museums, art galleries, shopping centers, restaurants and bars. There is definitely something for everyone. Thus, I definitely do not regret having chosen to study at University of Glasgow.'

Laura Morales De La Rosa, Spain (2012-13)

'The University of Glasgow and the city itself make you feel like doing a Postgraduate programme in Glasgow is a great decision: warm welcome, a good studying programme, plenty to do in the city, friends from everywhere, very good Professors, etc. A perfect opportunity to continue your studies.'

Qing Yang, China (2012-13)

'My study and living in Glasgow has turned out to be quite rewarding and unforgettable, although sometimes the study was intensive and tough. Please do not worry about it, because the lecturers are quite patient and easily approachable should we have any questions on studies, they are always glad to help you out. Most of the teachers can speak Standard English, although a few of them with the Glaswegian accent, therefore, you are not to concern yourself about whether you can understand the classes or not. After more than half-a-year of study, I find my listening; writing and reading have made a big stride forward, which have mostly benefited from the purpose-oriented and practical teaching model that the university delivers. The life in Glasgow is quite unforgettable, since the people here are quite hospitable and kind, which makes the new comers never feel lonely as a guest. While one point I want to draw your attention is the weather here it is pretty windy, wet and sometimes cold, of course sometimes there is beautiful sunshine, which makes me extremely cherish it. In summary, I am quite satisfied with the study and living in Glasgow, it will undoubtedly be beneficial for my further career pursuit to be an excellent international lawyer in the near future.'

Career prospects

There is a high demand for law professionals with expertise in international commercial law. You will be well placed for roles in law firms, banks, international traders, asset managers and regulators.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for International Commercial 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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