Postgraduate LLM/PgDip/PgCert

International Commercial Law

Salford Business School

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Course

One year

Two year

Next enrolment

January 2020

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Introduction

In a nutshell

This course provides law graduates with the opportunity for advanced learning in key areas of international commercial law, including: International Sale of Goods, International Intellectual Property Law, International Corporate Law and Governance, and Advanced Contract Law and Negotiation.

The programme is highly industry-focussed and culminates in the Industry Collaboration Project.  You will choose one of four options to research a real industry problem and provide researched solutions, helping you put your learning into practice.  You will be able to choose whether to pursue a traditional research dissertation based on a real-world business problem or a work-based project report based upon employment or a placement experience. 

Programme teaching concentrates on a contextual business bias and you will benefit from the networking and employment prospects offered by a large and dynamic Business School.

International students should apply for the LLM route.

The course also offers a distance learning option through our official partner Robert Kennedy College, Zurich, Switzerland.

You will:
  • Explore key areas of international commercial law
  • Critically analyse corporate law and governance
  • Apply knowledge through Industry Collaboration Project
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You are aiming for a career in international business

2.

You aspire towards a career in the legal profession

3.

You wish to enhance your knowledge of corporate law and governance

4.

You are critical thinker

5.

You want to develop a practical knowledge of international commerce

6.

You are commercially-minded

Course details

All about the course

The programme is block delivered and there are several entry points throughout the year. Students will take the modules below in a sequence dependent on their start date.

The course is delivered in four blocks of intensive study periods. For each block, you study a single module for a six-week period. Face-to-face teaching is delivered on campus for six hours each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Industry Collaboration Project each Wednesday afternoon during the six-week blocks. During this period, you will also undertake independent study in your own time with online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

The Industry Collaboration Project (ICP) module accounts for the final 60 credits of your degree. You will have the opportunity to select between a placement, internship or dissertation, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional experience.

You will be allocated a supervisor who will mentor you through the ICP. You will also have the opportunity to engage with the Student Hub and askUS. askUS can help with pre project/placement support for students and opportunities for those going on placement to participate in training workshops to ensure best practice. The Student Hub can helps you to find internships, placements and live projects for your Industry Collaboration Project.

Part-time students study alternate modules (one module on, one module off) to complete their degree in two years.

Semester one

International Intellectual Property Law

You will look critically at the fundamental legal concepts of Intellectual Property Law, including EU Intellectual Property Law, and how it sits within a global context. You will evaluate the impact of the internationalism of knowledge/technology transfer on intangible property rights; and apply complex legal rules to a variety of intellectual property disputes across jurisdictional boundaries, critically assessing the effectiveness of those rules through extensive research. Much of the learning in this module is based upon case-studies as well as comparative analysis of primary legal sources. As you expand your capacity for critical analysis, logical thinking and independent learning, you will develop as a reflective practitioner.

International Corporate Law and Governance

International Corporate Law and Governance provides you with an advanced knowledge and understanding of the fundamental legal concepts that characterise international corporate identity and activity. You will also develop a critical perspective of the theoretical framework underpinning corporate governance theories and strategies.

Semester two

Advanced Contract Law and Negotiation

Through this module you will develop a critical knowledge and practical understanding of the law relating to key contractual terms in commercial transactions. Focusing on international investment transactions you will gain an appreciation of the multi-level legal structure of transnational contracts.

International Law of the Sale of Goods

International Law of the Sale of Goods provides you with an advanced knowledge and understanding of the role of law in the sphere of international business transactions. Throughout the module, you will concentrate on law applicable to international agreements and their negotiation and develop a range of skills in problem solving, negotiation, time management and communication.

Semester three (Industry Collaboration Project (ICP) - choose one from:)

Work Placement

The paid Work Placement gives you the chance to undertake a six month project with an organisation located regionally, nationally or internationally. By exploring a key issue impacting an organisation, you will apply the theoretical knowledge gained through your studies and develop and use appropriate problem-solving skills in a real-world environment.

You will create an initial 1,500 word research proposal then compile an 8,500 – 10,000 word portfolio of evidence that shows the work undertaken, the deliverables created, the impact achieved, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities undertaken and a critical reflection by the student of their work practices and learning. In addition, you will share your findings with key stakeholders. This will generally be a presentation to an audience but might be a poster presentation or a video recording.

Assessment:
10% project proposal
80% portfolio
10% presentation

Internship

The unpaid Internship option of the Industry Collaboration Project aims to equip you with the relevant practical skills to critically identify and evaluate key issues impacting organisations and their environments either in the UK or overseas.

Over a three month period, you will work alongside an organisation to identify and explore a real organisational issue.  You will have specified learning goals and will need to actively reflect on what is being learned throughout the experience.

You will create an initial 1,500 word research proposal then compile an 8,500 – 10,000 word portfolio of evidence that shows the work undertaken, the deliverables created, the impact achieved, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities undertaken and a critical reflection by the student of their work practices and learning. In addition, you will share your findings with key stakeholders. This will generally be a presentation to an audience but might be a poster presentation or a video recording.

Assessment:

10% project proposal
80% portfolio
10% presentation

Dissertation

An advanced-level applied research pathway based on a real-world business problem and examining an issue important to an organisation.   The Dissertation path gives you the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge gained from the taught elements of the programme to a current organisational issue and deploy and effectively use appropriate problem-solving skills through critical self-reflection and methodical, systematic research.  It is an excellent option if you are considering moving into academic research and PhD studies.

You will create an initial 1,500 word research proposal consisting of research questions, aims and objectives, and the rationale for undertaking the study.  The 12,000 – 15,000 word dissertation will include literature review, research methodology, analysis of findings, conclusions, recommendations and a critical reflection of your learning. In addition, you will share your findings with key stakeholders. This will generally be a presentation to an audience but might be a poster presentation or a video recording.

Assessment:

10% project proposal
80% portfolio
10% presentation

Entrepreneurship

Through this option you will apply the theory and concepts you have learnt from the taught elements of your programme. With the help of mentors you will develop the skills and thinking that supports entrepreneurial action will working on the development of your own innovative business idea. You will horizon scan for business opportunities, assess the external challenges and consider available strategies that will support your aim of establishing a new businesses, or let you incorporate entrepreneurial thinking into an existing organisation. The three month Entrepreneurship path is assessed through an Initial Business Proposal and an 8,500 word Comprehensive Business Proposal accompanied by a 30 minute presentation.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

TEACHING

Face to face teaching is delivered on campus for two half days each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Industry Collaboration Project each Wednesday afternoon during the six week blocks, with independent study completed in your own time through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Individual student timetables will be provided during induction week.

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, using a wide range of learning activities.

ASSESSMENT

Each taught module is assessed by two pieces of work, each worth 50% of the overall course assessment.

Although each taught module has its own assessment styles, all assessments will be design to enable students to demonstrate their advanced knowledge and skill, and may include:

  • Individual or group work
  • Research based assignments
  • Presentations
  • Seen or unseen examinations
  • Closed or open-book examinations

Salford Business School

Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.

We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.

Facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings, which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays. A dedicated Employability team will help you with work placements and access to work skills. 
Throughout campus, there is a choice of individual study areas, communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a selection of food outlets.

Programme academic

Parveen Tamadon-Nejad

After graduating from the University of Liverpool, Parveen started her academic career at Salford Business School teaching business law.

Outside of acadamia, Parveen provides legal consultation to those within the creative industries, including musicians and publishers on matters relating to contract and intellectual property rights.

She has also spent the last two years as a regular guest on BBC Radio Manchester’s Coffee Club.

Getting Here

If you’re planning on commuting, both our MediaCityUK and Peel Park campuses are perfectly placed. Whether by bus, rail, bike or car, we’re easily accessed from all over Greater Manchester, Lancashire and beyond.

Get more information about your options for commuting, or hear about the experience from current students.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Both in the UK and overseas the internationally focussed LLM is a ‘gold standard’ qualification for entry into the legal profession, as the focus of specialisation has increasingly shifted to international legal practice.

In the corporate business world, the LLM carries a similar cachet to the Executive MBA, while offering greater specialism in its content.

In many European jurisdictions, the LLM is a compulsory prerequisite for entry into the legal profession.

A taste of what you could become

A paralegal

A solicitor

An HR professional

A manager

An accountant

And more...

Career Links

The University of Salford grew out of the institutes of the late 19th century that provided a talented, technically proficient and professional workforce to support the UK’s rapidly growing industries. In the 21st century, this still holds strong. Whilst industry has changed significantly, the need for industry-focused education is equally relevant today.

We teach the skills that employers need and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.

The curriculum across our postgraduate courses balances academic teaching and professional experience. Our industry partners give us their input into the curriculum so that the teaching reflects industry’s current and future needs and you develop the skills that employers want. The Industry Collaboration Project, which forms the final third of your study, is designed to give you real-world experience so you can apply the theory you have learned.

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

This course is suitable for recent home, EU and overseas law graduates wishing to build upon their undergraduate knowledge and expertise, as well as graduate returners to education wishing to refresh or broaden their knowledge and skills.

The course is designed for those who wish to pursue an career in international business or legal practice. The block delivery mechanism means that the course is accessible to those students who do not wish to leave employment while studying. Students can complete one or more modules per semester.

The LLM is the only route available for international students.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

Normally IELTS 6.0 with no individual element below 5.5, or equivalent recognised Secure English Language Test, (SELT).

If the English language qualification is slightly below this level candidates may be able to take one of the many English courses available in the University.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

Normally an undergraduate degree, class 2:2 or above, in Law, or an equivalent level professional qualification.

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £7,776per year
Full-time international 2019/20 £14,274per year
Part-time 2019/20 £1,296 per 30 credit module
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £7,920per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £14670per year
Part-time 2020/21 £1,320 per 30 credit module
Additional costs

For more information please see our funding section.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for international students 2019/20 and 2020/21

International applicants to Salford Business School postgraduate master’s programme may be eligible for the Salford Business School Postgraduate International Excellence Scholarship worth £3,500, or the Salford Business School Silver Award worth £2,500. 

For more information go to International Scholarships

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Still have some questions?  Contact us

By email (UK/EU applicants): enquiries@salford.ac.uk

By email (international applicants): international@salford.ac.uk

By phone:  +44 (0) 161 295 4545 

Enrolment dates

January 2020

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September 2020

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