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LLM in International Business Law

LLM in International Business Law

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1 year full time 2 years part time
Full time Part time
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This degree aims to enable students to specialise in subjects related to international business law, equipping them with comprehensive knowledge of the legal processes governing international business, through the systematic and critical understanding of topics relevant to international business transactions such as trade law, international sale of goods and commercial arbitration.

You will deepen and broaden your knowledge of law as an academic subject; acquiring systematic understanding of legal processes, methods and concepts, of the social and political context in which legal processes take place and of appropriate theoretical conceptions of law.

Ultimately, by maximising your academic potential and refining your problem-solving skills in a transnational context through the acquisition of systematic and critical understanding of complex legal, economic, cultural, ethical and political issues informing international trade relations and transnational business you will enhance your professional development and horizons.

The research and writing skills you gain will be transferable to a variety of professional sectors, including the legal profession, policymaking, corporate sector, governmental bodies or academia.

Course highlights

  • Advance your knowledge of international business law in a fast-changing global marketplace and an ever-globalised world
  • Study with teaching staff who are engaged in major research across relevant fields of law, from international sale of goods to law and policy of the WTO and international commercial litigation and arbitration

Learn alongside students from across the globe in one of the world's most business friendly cities.

Course Fees : Aed 68,250

Course Structure

 Full-time LLM (1 year, 180 credits)

  • Four core plus two optional modules are completed over terms one and two, with a Dissertation period in term three.

Part-time LLM (2 years, 180 credits)

  • Four core plus two optional modules are completed over four taught terms, plus a Dissertation period
  • Two modules in term one, two modules in term two, and two modules in the first term of the following academic year.


Each module is typically worth 20 credits, except the Dissertation, Work Integrated Learning which are worth 60 credits each. The Work Integrated Learning may be chosen to replace the Dissertation with prior agreement.

Term 1

Legal Research Skills (compulsory)

Law of the International Sale of Goods (compulsory)

Foundations and Principles of International Law (optional)

Sustainable Development and Human Rights (optional)

Individual Employment Law (optional)

English Commercial Law (optional)

Term 2

Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization (compulsory)

International Commercial Litigation and Arbitration (Compulsory)

International Organisations and International Dispute Resolution (optional)

International Human Rights Law (optional)

Comparative Corporate Governance (optional)

International Maritime Law (optional)

Politics of Globalisation (optional)

Migration Politics and Policies (optional)

In addition to the Law modules listed above, students can study one of the following modules if available.

Sustainable Development and Human Rights (20 credit) Optional

Politics of Globalisation (20 credit) Optional

Migration Politics and Policies (20 credit) Optional 

Term 3/Summer

Dissertation or Work Integrated Learning  

*Undersubscribed modules (under 5 students) following the formal registration of students will not run.

** LLM students must study LEX4165 Dissertation, assessed by a 15,000- 18,000 words dissertation in term three, or –if eligible- the diary and original research paper required to complete SSC4060 Work Integrated Learning module. 

Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

You will gain knowledge and understanding through a stimulating combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, professional internships and self-directed studies and use a variety of resources, including audio-visual media, library books and e-learning materials.

Lectures, seminars and presentations are used to communicate core information, develop themes and ideas, and seek to encourage student participation through interactive exercises and opportunities for peer and self-assessment. You will also be required to engage in intensive programmes of structured reading and research, and to present your findings orally and in writing.

Skills training, particularly through our Legal Research Skills module, will equip you with the intellectual tools necessary for postgraduate work, including the identification and location of appropriate materials, critical and analytical reading, writing skills and conventions.

Several sessions within each module and a substantial part of the Dissertation are designed to provide guidance on identifying a suitable research question, carrying out research, writing a literature review and planning and writing a dissertation. 

Learning and teaching on all modules is informed by a critical approach that encompasses relevant aspects of the ethical, social, professional, historical and cultural contexts within which the law operates. Ethics are specifically embedded in some modules and students are provided with the opportunity to understand the ethical dimensions of their own research and within which the law operates at each level.

Students practical skills are assessed by oral presentations, coursework, exams, literature reviews and, where appropriate, dissertation, diary and report writing. 


  • The University's standard entry requirement consists of a Law degree at 2:2 or Graduate Diploma in Law/CPE
  • Graduates in related disciplines, with law minors or with relevant professional experience or qualifications may be admitted subject to the programme coordinator's discretion
  • Other non-UK qualifications will be considered in accordance with NARIC guidelines.


English Language Requirements (Postgraduate)

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

English Language Test

Entry Requirement

IELTS Academic

6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each band)

TOEFL Internet-based

87 (21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading)

PearsonPTE Academic


PearsonPTE General

Level 4

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This programme prepares students for a wide range of careers in public and private sector organisations, multinational companies and inter-governmental bodies requiring specialist knowledge in private and public international law frameworks regulating commercial and trade transactions, as well as mechanisms involved in the resolution of commercial disputes. Previous graduates have also continued their higher education studies via a PhD.

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