LLM in International Trade Law


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Program Description

World economies are increasingly interconnected, posing new legal challenges in areas such as:

  • The imposition of tariffs and other trade barriers
  • The negotiation of deep regional trade agreements reducing regulatory barriers between countries
  • The enforcement of trade rules through the WTO.

Sussex is a recognised centre for research excellence in international trade law. We have one of the largest academic interdisciplinary trade research groups in the world, the UK Trade Policy Observatory (UKTPO). You’ll engage with cutting-edge research and learn to apply the rules of international trade law to the complex challenges facing the international trade system.

The course is ideal if you’re already a legal practitioner in your home country, although this is not essential, as long as you have completed basic legal education. You'll develop critical perspectives so you can understand the theories underlying trade liberalisation. You’ll develop the practical skills needed by legal advisers in the resolution of international trade disputes.

Entry Requirements

UK requirements

Degree Requirements: You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements: Your undergraduate degree should be in law. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing

International requirements

IELTS (Academic): Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply: You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system.

Personal Statement: Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application.

Application deadlines

  • 1 August 2021 (international)
  • 1 September 2021 (UK)

Course Details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part-time, to fit around your work and personal life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact Dr Mark Walters at mark.walters@sussex.ac.uk

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

  • LLM Dissertation
  • Advanced Legal Research and Writing
  • Critiquing International Law
  • Principles of International Law
  • The Legal Regulation of International Trade


Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea
  • International and Comparative Company Law
  • International Aspects of Intellectual Property and Technology Regulation
  • International Business and Human Rights
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Investment Law
  • Regulating the Creative Industries
  • Transnational Corporate Finance Law

How much does it cost?


  • UK/EU students: £9,250 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £18,500 per year

Additional costs

Please note, all costs are best estimates based on current market values. Costs are paid at the start of your course unless specified otherwise. We review estimates every year and they may vary with inflation.

Recommended texts

The optional but recommended texts for this course cost between £20 and £50.

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £11,222 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2021. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.


This course will enable you to work as a legal practitioner in a variety of roles, for example:

  • Advising on cross-border commercial transactions
  • As an arbitrator in international commercial disputes
  • As a government official
  • As an expert in an NGO or international organisation.
Last updated Dec 2020

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