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Master of Laws LLM in Commercial Law

Please note: The below is for 2022 entries. Click here for 2021 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year 2022
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Law

Programme Director Professor Caroline Fournet
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  • You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of commercial law and pressing legal challenges that businesses face in our globalised world
  • Choose from a range of cutting-edge subjects, including international trade, oil and gas, insurance law, tax law, intellectual property and mergers and acquisitions
  • You’ll develop the ability to identify, locate and appraise legal materials and connect these to contemporary problems of commercial law
  • Join our community of students and scholars at one of the research centres and participate in our research seminars and other academic events
  • Enhance your learning by participating in extra-curricular activities such as pro bono projects, internships, mooting and networking events

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Top 150 for Law in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021

85% of research classified as world-leading or internationally excellent

Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3* 

Personal tutor support and close contact with academic staff who are leaders in their field

I chose the University of Exeter because of its great global university ranking. The courses here are really interesting and the tutors are excellent. 

During my time here I have attended some interesting conferences that were suggested by my tutors and they have been really useful for my studies and have broadened my vision of Law.

The University of Exeter is not like other universities, it is a beautiful location without the noise of a big city. It is a great place for study.

You won’t regret it if you choose it!

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Entry requirements

For admission to the programme we would normally expect that you hold a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Law (or a degree with a substantial legal component). While we normally only accept applicants who meet this criteria, if you have a high 2:2 or equivalent, are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience in legal professions, we would welcome your application.

Applicants without a Law degree. 

We welcome applications from students with other qualifications or degrees in an area appropriate to the LLM programme. These may include Social Sciences (eg Politics, International Relations, International Studies), Humanities, Accountancy or Business Studies. Please note this list is not exhaustive and every application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

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Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements


Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Course content

Studying a Master of Laws in Commercial Law offers a rewarding learning experience with opportunities to deepen your understanding of a range of commercial law topics, and to improve skills necessary at all levels of professional engagement with contemporary and future challenges facing businesses around the world.

The Exeter LLM is a substantive, rigorous, and flexible programme of postgraduate study designed for the most ambitious and capable students. You will be actively encouraged to engage in discussion and debates with your peers and academic staff.

Alongside the compulsory dissertation, you’ll choose from an array of optional modules such as Trademarks and International Banking Law to Consumer Protection or Patent and Design Law.

In order to enhance students’ research and learning experiences and to create a vibrant community of postgraduate students enrolled in this programme, students will be affiliated with one of the research centres for the duration of their programme.

If you start the LLM in January, you will complete your dissertation before finishing all the taught elements of the programme. The LLM allows you to take the dissertation without requiring a focus from other modules on the course as there is no prerequisite to the dissertation module. You will choose your dissertation topic during the first term (so we can allocate you an appropriate supervisor) and you will then submit your dissertation before the official deadline in August (date will be confirmed by the Law School).

If you are unsuccessful in completing the dissertation module, you can still complete your final term modules to graduate with either a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits).

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.


January 2022 entry

UK fees per year:

£9,200 full-time; £4,600 part-time 

International fees per year:

£19,400 full-time 

2022/23 entry

UK fees per year:

£10,000 full-time; £5,000 part-time 

International fees per year:

£20,500 full-time


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have over £2.5 million in scholarships available, including our Global Excellence Scholarships* for international fee paying students.  

For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.

*Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.

Teaching and research

Learning and teaching

Formal teaching is delivered via weekly three-hour lectures or seminars, depending on group size. Course materials are delivered directly by academic staff, and you are encouraged to actively engage in discussions and debates. You will be in control of your own learning, appropriately supported by peers and staff including a personal tutor.


As well as the dissertation, assessment is comprised almost entirely of extended coursework essays, with written examinations in some modules where appropriate.


In addition to your studies, you’ll have the opportunity to benefit from a stimulating programme of research seminars designed to enable staff and postgraduate students to experience cutting edge research by members of the academic and legal community both within and outside of Exeter.

Extra-curricular activities

Formal learning is enhanced by opportunities to participate in a range of exciting extra-curricular activities including pro bono projects, internships, mooting and networking events. 

We have close and active links with Exeter Law School alumni and honorary doctorates, many of whom occupy powerful and prestigious roles in the legal community throughout the world. Where possible, we invite individuals from this community and the broader legal profession to engage with our postgraduate students, whether through research seminars or more informal events, providing you with valuable networking opportunities.

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The Lasok Law Library, located in the Fourm holds in excess of 40,000 volumes and is open 24 hours a day. You can choose from diverse study spaces to suit your specific learning needs, whether dedicated quiet study, group work, or social learning over a coffee.

Our custom-built Moot Court offers students invaluable opportunities to take part in mooting activities and is equipped with the latest technology, including high-spec video conferencing.


Employer-valued skills this course develops

The modules offered include topics you must have knowledge of in order to succeed in senior positions, whether in private practice, corporate or public employment – including international trading companies and law firms, chartering, trade, and marine insurance, the European Commission, the European Court of Justice, or the Governments of EU Member States.

You will gain invaluable experience in finding out the law from the original sources; in preparing and producing extended legal writing; and in presenting a legal proposition briefly and succinctly to an audience.

Careers support

When it comes to securing a graduate level position, we enjoy extremely good relations with members of the legal profession regionally, nationally and internationally. You will be supported by the College's Employability Officer, the wide range of services offered by Career Zone and have the opportunity to meet potential employers face-to-face through our annual Law Fair, workshops and careers sessions

Graduate destinations

A degree in Law can lead to a number of exciting careers. We've included below examples of initial jobs undertaken by our Law postgraduates.

Please note that due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Job title Organisation
Attorney  Areza 

Corporate Lawyer

Benjamin Law Firm

Graduate Teaching Assistant 

Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton

Information Assistant

Euler Hermes 

Intern in Tax Law


Legal Advisor

Higher Land Court

Lawyer  Keoths Solicitors 

Lecturer in Law


Legal Intern

Paul Hastings 

Litigation Executive

Perfetti Van Melle

Government Lawyer

Salans and Associates LLP

Risk Analyst 

Strategy Capital

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