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Master of Laws LLM in International Commercial Law

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
Entry year September 2024
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Law


Typical offer

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2:2 Honours degree

Contextual offers


  • Immerse yourself in the ever-evolving world of international commercial law with our LLM programme.  
  • Delve into the contemporary challenges and problems that businesses face and explore legal and regulatory solutions. 
  • Customise your course to align with your interests and career goals. Choose from a variety of optional modules, including topical areas such as climate change, artificial intelligence and data protection. 
  • Develop your research skills by joining one of our research centres and become an active member of our vibrant research community. 
  • Learn from renowned academics and be a part of a dynamic academic environment that attracts students from all over the world.  
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Programme Director: Professor Clair Gammage

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

Top 200 for Law in the QS World University Rankings 2024

Top 20 in the UK for our world-leading Law research

Based on research impact rated 4* + 3* in REF 2021

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

Top 20 in the UK for Law

16th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024

Entry requirements

We will consider applicants with a high 2:2 Honours degree with at least 57% or above (or equivalent) in Law (or a degree with a substantial legal component). While we normally only consider applicants who meet this criteria, if you 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.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

Course content

International Commercial Law is a vast and evolving field of law that governs and regulates the commercial activities of businesses nationally, internationally and across borders. Our programme delivers an in-depth and rigorous curriculum that focuses on international commercial law, regulation and governance.  

You will study current issues relating to commercial and corporate law, banking and finance, international economic law, and environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG). You will take part in interactive seminars, thought-provoking discussions and critical debates with your peers and academics from across the world, giving you unique insight and global perspectives into contemporary law. 

Alongside the dissertation, you’ll choose from an array of optional modules to equip you with the knowledge required for your future career in international commercial law and business. Our modules have been tailored to the contemporary challenges and problems that businesses face and explore legal and regulatory solutions in an ever-changing global economy.    

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.


2024/25 entry

UK fees per year:

£12,000 full-time

International fees per year:

£24,300 full-time


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.

For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research

Learning and teaching

Teaching will be delivered in large and small group sessions with a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. 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 an academic 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.


The Lasok Law Library, located in the Forum, 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.

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.

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Professor Clair Gammage is Head of the University of Exeter Law School and Professor of International Commercial Law. As a scholar of international trade law and development, Clair’s research focuses on the diverse ways that trade law and governance intersects with sustainable development, gender, human rights, labour and environment. 

She has consulted for the UK government on trade matters and has provided expert evidence before both the UK government and EU parliament. 

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Professor Clair Gammage

Head of the University of Exeter Law School and Professor of International Commercial Law.


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. 

Graduate destinations

LLM graduates either continue on the academic path and pursue their studies with a PhD; others go into private practice, corporate or public employment – including international trading companies and law firms, chartering, trade, and marine insurance, the European Commission, the Governments of EU Member States as well as international and regional courts and/or organisations or NGOs. 

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 an Employability Officer, the wide range of services offered by the Career Zone and have the opportunity to meet potential employers face-to-face through our annual Law Fair, workshops and careers sessions.

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