This programme assists students with setting the legal and regulatory regimes around international business and the global economy in the context of broader legal and socio-legal study skills. The addition of a dedicated Placement period further enhances the student experience and career prospects. The LLM will prepare you for a career in the commercial sector, in business, government or NGOs.
It is the responsibility of each student to arrange his or her own Placement. Students who are unable to secure a placement will be completed on the LLM International Business Law Programme.
The application deadline for this course is 30 April.
A deposit of £400 is required to secure your place on the course by 30 May. (This condition of the offer is in addition to any academic or English language requirements).
This LLM programme includes the opportunity for a year-long placement in the legal, governmental or commercial sector.
Students on this programme benefit from a placement opportunity in the legal, governmental and commercial sector in Belfast and beyond. 94% of Queen's Postgraduates are in employment or further study 6 months after graduation.
Our facilities at Queen's include a state-of-art Law building with superb teaching facilities, a moot court and study spaces. Queen's has one of the most modern campuses in the UK, including the award-winning McClay Library, one of the finest libraries in the world and home to 1.2 million volumes and over 2,000 reader places. Queen's was ranked 1st worldwide for satisfaction with library service (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019) Our Physical Education Centre was used as a training camp for the 2012 Olympics. Our Queen's Elms Student Village and newly built city-centre student accommodation in 2018 are located within easy walking distance of the University.
Internationally Renowned Experts
Law at Queen's is in the top 125 Law Schools worldwide and we are ranked 25th in the world for the global outlook. The LLM is delivered by academic staff who through their research are currently shaping global and local debates within legal scholarship. Research in Law was ranked 15th in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2014). Over 95% of Research Activity in the School was judged to be of international quality and above.
Students undertaking the LLM International Business Law including Placement will have the benefit of study with a vibrant international mix of students and staff from the UK, Europe, Asia and beyond. We focus on your individual career and development needs, building your skills, enhancing your personal experience of the course and maintaining a strong emphasis on your particular career path in addition to the academic content of the course. At Queen’s, you will be part of a thriving postgraduate culture built on teaching excellence, leading-edge research, innovation, collaboration and engagement. These components are woven together in our Graduate School, (ranked third worldwide, Times and Sunday Times 2019 Good University Guide). It is here you will develop new skills and increased personal effectiveness that will enable you to stand out in the crowded and increasingly competitive global job market. Life at Queen’s is not just about the degree. We offer our students the opportunity to really enrich their studies. Whether you're into student societies, sports, music, dance, or just a coffee with your friends, Queen’s has exceptional facilities to cater for all interests. Queen’s was ranked 2nd worldwide for satisfaction with social facilities (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
"The LLM in International Business 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 Dieter Pesendorfer, Programme Co-ordinator
The programme is delivered through a series of taught modules specialising in:
Corporate Governance and Compliance,
Corporate Social Responsibility,
Global Business and Human Rights,
International Competition Law and
International Financial Regulation.
A major component of this degree will involve the completion of a placement project.
Modules enable students to be proficient in thinking about business on a global scale and the place of law, compliance, corporate social responsibility and trade in our societies.
Law of International Business Transactions
Issues in Corporate Governance
World Trade Law
Approaches to Legal Research
Leadership and Innovation Skills for Law Students
Business and Human Rights
EU Law and Economic Integration
Copyright in the Digital Environment
International Financial Law
Comparative Competition Law
Medical Law and Ethics
UK Trade Law and Policy
Contact Teaching Hours
Small-Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial8 (hours maximum)
In addition, students should set aside 10-12 hours per module for reading and preparation.
This LLM provides a useful qualification and knowledge base for a business, governmental or NGO career relating to governance, compliance, social responsibility or trade.
Learning and Teaching
In a typical week for a full-time student you will have 8 hours of seminars or workshops each week and 22–24 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.
Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:
Project-based on final placement
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Law, Social Sciences, Humanities, or a cognate discipline.
Exemption from these requirements may be considered for those applicants who hold a Master's 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. The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL). Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for more information.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
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.
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 the English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.
Academic English: 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.
Northern Ireland (NI)
England, Scotland or Wales (GB)
Other (non-UK) EU
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2020-21. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase unless explicitly stated otherwise.
You will be required to pay a deposit of £400 pounds to secure your place on the course.
This condition of the offer is in addition to any academic or English language requirements.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
International Business Law including Placement costs
Students undertaking placement are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary depending on the location and duration of the placement. Students may receive payment from their placement provider.
How do I fund my study?
The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.