International Commercial and Dispute Resolution Law - (LLM)

About the course

Increasingly globalisation has led to a growing demand for commercial lawyers with an understanding of international law.

This course meets this need and will help you develop an understanding of the origins of public and private international conflicts and disputes, the causes of cross-border and municipal commercial disputes, and how these can be prevented, managed and resolved.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

There are six entry points through the year. This allows you to start when it is most suitable.

The entry points are:

Block delivery course entry points

  • September
  • November
  • January
  • March
  • June
  • July

International Commercial and Dispute Resolution Law - (LLM) - University Square Campus, Luton

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  • Course level - Postgraduate
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  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Apr,Jun,Aug,Oct,Nov
  • Duration - 1 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
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Why choose this course?

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire and therefore decided to progress onto a postgraduate course here to increase my knowledge and gain more experience. The facilities here are great – the new library has lots of resources and the librarians are always on hand to help, and the Moot Court helps to give insight into the real world. I would recommend this University as everyone is really welcoming and the tutors go extra mile to help you achieve your goals. Monawara Riyaz
LLM International Commercial and Dispute Resolution Law
  • Study the critical application of legal theory to international commercial transactions, and develop contextual skills related to legal reasoning, analysis, research and independent judgement
  • Explore the application of theoretical constructs to a range of commercial scenarios, and learn to provide an effective evaluation of legal options
  • Develop the professional skills and values needed to put your knowledge into practice, and learn to think in the independent and creative way that would be expected from you as a legal professional employed by a client
  • Gain an understanding of the interaction between commercial environments and international legal frameworks
  • Benefit from learning how to discern the tensions between individuals, corporations and governments, and how the law can be used as a means of their resolution and, occasionally, their propagation.

The LLM in International Commercial and Dispute Resolution Law will provide you with the opportunity to study commercial law from an international perspective. This course is also designed for the personal development of lawyers who are concerned about the origins of public and private international conflicts and disputes; the causes of cross-border and municipal commercial conflicts and disputes; and how they might be prevented, managed, and resolved.

This course provides you with the opportunity for in-depth study of the procedural and substantive issues in the field. It is primarily concerned with the regulation of individual, corporate and public conduct in the context of international and commercial conflicts and disputes, including the relevance of issues such as the identification of the relevant courts and tribunals.

This course adopts a practice-based, client-facing approach, underpinned by a strong grounding in the appropriate legal theory. Thus, problem-based learning will play a key role in the course, with many seminars and assignments centred on imagined real-life scenarios, your job being to advise the hypothetical plaintiff on how they might resolve the legal problem with which they are faced.

You will be taught by internationally-recognised lecturers who have an outstanding reputation in their field with broad experience in City Law Firms. Additionally, International Aviation Law is a very specialised area and that is a truly distinctive element of this course which is one of the very few in the UK giving you the opportunity to become an expert in this topic.

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

On this International Commercial and Dispute Resolution Law course, you will undertake four 30 credit units and one 60 credit project unit. Our courses are designed to be engaging, attractive and flexible in the current global marketplace.

Your course takes place over three semesters. Depending upon when you join the course, this will determine the order of units which you will study. You will benefit by beginning your studies with others who started at one of the earlier points of entry.

Block delivery course units flow chart

  • Induction Week
  • Unit 1 (30 credits)
  • Unit 2 (30 credits)
  • Unit 3 (30 credits)
  • Unit 4 (30 credits)
  • Business/Law project (BLP) 60 credits

The structure provides an intense and highly rewarding learning experience. The induction week will prepare you well for study on your course. You will then study only one unit at a time, which will enable you to focus upon the subject. Our evidence-based approach is designed to enhance engagement and success by applied practice, working with others and network development. The learning delivery takes place through a mix of interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials and lab sessions, along with guided learning, independent and autonomous learning. This emphasis on active learning uses the latest in teaching and learning approaches, integrated with our employability practice-based method with real businesses to enable you to gain real experience as part of your course.

Units for your course (unit order depends on your start date):

  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Investment Treaty Arbitration
  • International Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law in a Global Context

Capstone project

This Master's course provides the opportunity to undertake different types of project, a "Capstone" experience which completes the integration of your studies applied in one of the following:

  • Professional Practice - the central aim of this unit is to provide you with a thorough understanding of the commercial context in which organisations operate. By reflecting upon your existing knowledge and experience you will be required to respond to a number of work-based scenarios through critical evaluation to determine an appropriate course of action.
  • The Live Project - this will enable you to work as part of a team on a project provided by a business organisation. The exact nature of the level of work, and nature of responsibility will depend upon the chosen organisation. However, there will be close negotiation between the company and the Business School.
  • The dissertation - this is a conventional dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words, enabling you to undertake in-depth research of a topic relating to your course. It will consist of research question, aims and objectives, rationale for undertaking the study, literature review, research methodology, analysis of findings, conclusions and recommendations.

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How will I be assessed?

Overall assessment strategy

The assessment strategy for the LL.M in International Commercial and Dispute Resolution Law has been carefully designed to ensure the utmost participation in the learning process. The focus has been set on practice-based learning, and critical thinking, leading to “intelligent practice”.

Types of assessment

Thought has been given to ensure a spread of assessment types, which include oral presentations and essays and problem questions.

Most units have two assessment points containing different types of assessment which are intended to enable you to demonstrate both breadth and depth of subject knowledge. For example, in an individual unit, breadth of knowledge and analysis may best be tested by a presentation. By contrast, depth of knowledge and analysis may be tested by a written essay, or seminar participation.

The weighting given to assessment points reflects the contribution made to achieving the aims and objectives of the unit. The use of coursework such as essays also allows for extensive feedback comments, with a specific focus on how you might improve their performance in similar assessments in the future.

Entry requirements

One of the following:

  • LL.B or Joint Law degree with a minimum classification of a 2.1, or
  • In the case of degree holders in disciplines other than law with sufficient and adequate legal content on the basis of merit, or
  • Applicants with foreign qualifications on the basis of individual merit.

Applicants with English as their second language must show proof of competency in speaking and writing English to IELTS 6.5 band or above or its equivalent.

For all other elements, the requisite level of competency  for which again proof must be shown  is: IELTS 6.0 band or above or its equivalent.

The course team works closely with the admissions office and considers non standard applications by way of a course meeting.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

By completing the course you will have the skills and find career opportunities in the following industries/areas:

  • International Law firms
  • International Financial organisations
  • Solicitor in England and Wales
  • Barrister at Law in England and Wales
  • Paralegal Management consultant
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Dispute Resolution organisations

You will also be well prepared for further research study in either the MPhil, or PhD.

The LLM programme offers very diverse and interesting modules such as Corporate Governance and Company Law, International Commercial Litigation and Investment Treaty Arbitration and are taught by internationally recognised staff. These aspects provide you with a significant opportunity to experience a genuinely international course which supports you in placing the legal aspects of business in the widest possible perspective.
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Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and funding

  • The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £6,990 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email

  • The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £12,000 per year

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email


See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

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A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.


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The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

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Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

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The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

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