Key Programme Information
Programme length *
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
* 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.
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LLM International Business Law
Speaker - Dr Ciaran O'Kelly , Programme Director
This programme is designed to help you set the legal and regulatory regimes around international business and the global economy in the context of broader legal and socio-legal study skills. The LLM will prepare you for a career in the commercial sector, in business, government or in NGOs.
You will be proficient in thinking about business on a global scale and the place of law, compliance, corporate social responsibility and trade in our societies.
The School specialises in a range of relevant areas, including:
- Corporate governance and compliance
- Corporate social responsibility
- Global business and human rights
- International competition law
- International financial regulation.
Drawing from these specialisms, the programme is designed to help you set the legal and regulatory regimes around multinational enterprise and the global economy in a broad socio-legal context.
- Queen's University Law is ranked in the top 200 Law Schools world-wide (QS World University Rankings 2016/17) and our international reputation is enhanced by the work of our prominent leading academics.
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) we are ranked in the top 20 in the UK and 9th in the UK for Law (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).
- This programme has been specifically designed so that our students can emerge with a deeper appreciation of the place law plays in international business and the global economy.
- Integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
“The LLM in International Business and Law facilitates your engagement with law's role in the global economy, into the regulatory dynamics of global firms and into the place that corporations play in global societies. Our socio-legal approach allows students to think about international business in the round and to think about law as a core institution in the construction of our economy.”
Dr Ciarán O’Kelly, programme convenor
Dr Ciarán O’Kelly’s research interests focus on corporate governance and on business and human rights, primarily regarding questions of accountability and corporate personhood.
The programme is delivered through a series of taught modules and culminates in the submission of a dissertation on an original topic.
- Company and Commercial Law from a Comparative Perspective
- Issues in Corporate Governance
- Dissertation (15,000-20,000 words)
- Making Knowledge Work
- Finance, Competition and Law
- The Company in Society*
- Trade, Commerce and the Global Economy
- International and Comparative Competition Law
- Digital Financial Services
- Copyright in the Digital Environment
- Approaches to Legal Research
- Legal Issues in the Governance of the Firm
- Methods of Legislation
*Note: students who take the module 'The Company in Society' may graduate with the award of LLM in International Corporate Governance.
Assessment & Feedback
Assessed coursework and dissertation.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching is normally during mornings and afternoons.
The programme is open to applicants with a 2.1 or equivalent in Law or a cognate discipline (such as politics, geography, history, sociology, planning or management and finance). If you do not meet these criteria but have two years of relevant work experience or have completed a Masters elsewhere, you may also be eligible for admission.
Exemption from these requirements may be considered for those applicants who hold a Masters degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) OR for those applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) along with a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience. Admission under the Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) may be considered for this course. Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for the University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and information on application procedures.
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information:
- English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English
How To Apply
Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.
If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.
Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
This LLM provides a useful qualification and knowledge base for a business, governmental or NGO career relating to governance, compliance, social responsibility or trade.
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
Fees & Funding
There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.
For tuition fee information see www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
For any available funding please see the School website. For fees, funding and further information see: go.qub.ac.uk/pgstudy
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