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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 14.1k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 5.8k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

    Focusing on international legal business structures, including the formation of commercial groups and their activities, this innovative master’s provides in-depth understanding of international business agreements and dispute resolution mechanisms.

    You will also study exciting, contemporary topics such as 'Creativity and Regulation in the Global Digital Environment’, and benefit from a clearly structured practical and applicable approach to delivery.

    Live-case studies enhance the relevance of the subject, while a work-based project either with a current employer or under placement (with employers such as the multinational Medicom Healthcare Limited, commercial lawyers Lawdit Solicitors or other organisations) provide first-hand experience of the exciting world of international trade.

    Why Solent?

    • Taught by highly experienced lecturers with practical professional experience
    • Excellent ties with local and international employers
    • Focus on contemporary issues and industry skills
    • Opportunity to build hands-on experience through your work-based project
    • Programme of guest speakers from legal roles.

    Career potential

    Within the legal profession, a postgraduate specialisation on top of your law degree could be a significant career advantage. The specialised knowledge and skills you’ll develop on this course also mean you will be suitable for a wide range of roles across business, public-sector or governmental organisations.

    Suiable roles for grauates of this course are:

    • In-house lawyer
    • Legal executive
    • Paralegal
    • Trademark and patent attorney
    • Company secretary

    Links with industry

    The course was developed in conjunction with an extensive variety of legal professionals including solicitors, barristers, company secretaries and legal consultants and compliance officers.

    You will also benefit from Solent’s programme of professional guest speakers such as commercial solicitors, managing partners, police, trading standards officers, barristers and members of the judiciary.

    Transferable skills

    High-level research and planning skills, due diligence presenting written and oral material, working independently and in groups.

    LLM International Trade Regulation is made up of five core units, including a work-based project which accounts for a third of the course.

    Law and Regulation of International Business Organisations: This unit focuses on the functioning and types of business organisations typical across the world, and their legal regulation. Subjects include corporate social responsibility, the Law of Corporations, shareholder rights and the duties of directors.

    International Commercial Enforcement and Dispute Resolution: This unit is primarily concerned with mechanisms of obtaining redress in international commercial disputes, focusing on what are traditionally called 'private international law' or 'conflict of laws' but develops further to cover areas such as arbitration and arbitration agreements.

    Creativity and Regulation in the Global Digital Environment: This unit focuses on issues relating to the protection of creative endeavour in the digital environment, covering intellectual property rights, domain names, licensing, digital rights management and encryption, data protection and information privacy. You will also have a chance to build practical skills such as valuation of intellectual property and due diligence processes.

    The International Market in Goods and Services: This unit focuses on the specifics of international trade, covering standard trade terms, major international trade conventions, sale/transport of goods and customs regulations. You will also study transport and regulation of goods, services and capital in the EU, e-commerce, electronic contracts and computer crime.

    Work-Based Project: The work-based project provides an exciting opportunity to put your newly-learned knowledge to a practical purpose for either a current employer or as part of a short-term placement. Example projects include a study of intellectual property protection or data protection compliance in the company, a review of trade regulation and export opportunities in the EU, or various other possibilities.

    (Our courses are regularly reviewed so the final module list may be slightly different from the one shown here.)

    Teaching, learning and assessment

    Primarily classroom-based, with a practical work-based project.

    Work experience

    The work-based project is a real opportunity to apply your learning to the real world. The university has a wide range of contacts with employers within the sector and will support you in finding and securing a suitable placement. If you are already in employment and studying with us part-time, you may undertake the placement at your existing employer.


    Coursework, plus a work-based project that accounts for a third of your final mark.

    Web-based learning

    The university’s virtual learning environment is an integral part of master’s study. It provides you with access to course content, case studies and additional study resources, as well as interaction with peers and tutors.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in law or a subject that includes a substantial law componentAlternatively, an equivalent professional qualification and/or evidence of law related experience will be considered. English language requirementsApplicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:IELTS minimum 6.5 (6.0 in writing)TOEFL IBT 92 (22 in writing)PTE Academic 61 (56 in writing)or equivalent.Qualifications are checked before enrolment and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies, when coming to study at the university. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test: 92 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    National Scholarship Programme

    The primary purpose of our National Scholarship Programme is to benefit individual students that come from disadvantaged backgrounds as they enter higher education. This scheme is available to new home and EU under graduate students starting a programme of study with us in 2014-15, who have no previous experience of studying for an undergraduate award and whose tuition fees are over £6,000 for the year. To be eligible to be considered for a National Scholarship, applicants will need to meet both the Government national eligibility criteria and the additional University eligibility criteria, as detailed below.
    Government national eligibility criteria:

    • Students will need to have a declared household income of £25,000 or less.

    University eligibility criteria will include one or more of the following:

    • Enrolment on an undergraduate degree programme, foundation level of an undergraduate degree programme, HNC or other equivalent course
    • Home address (this is your address prior to joining university) within a low participation neighbourhood
    • Being in the care of a local authority for a minimum of 52 consecutive weeks immediately prior to beginning a programme of study at the University, and aged 24 or under.

    Please see further information about the National Scholarship Programme here:

    High Performance Academy Scholarship

    Sport Solent and Southampton Solent University have developed the High Performance Academy (HPA) to help students who are studying at the University, whilst competing on the national and international stage. The programme provides financial and mentoring support to assist athletes in reaching their sporting potential whilst pursuing higher education.
    Minimum requirements for entry on the Sport Solent High Performance Academy
    Full-time or part-time undergraduate, or post-graduate student
    Applicants must have an outstanding ability in a particular sport
    Applicants must compete at a semi-professional level or show strong evidence of the potential to do so
    The High Performance Academy programme offers different levels of support to student athletes based on their sporting talent and potential. There are three categories that a successful applicant can fall under:

    • Performance squad
    • Development squad
    • High Performance squad

    How to apply

    To apply, please fill out the application form below and email it back to the High Performance Academy

    Scholarships for oversears students

    International Scholarships Scheme 2014
    We are pleased to offer some scholarships to students applying from overseas.
    Who can apply?

    You can apply if:
    you are applying for a full-time course at Southampton Solent University for 2014 entry, and
    you are from one of the following areas: Africa, Bangladesh, Japan, North and South America, India, Pakistan, South Korea, Turkey and you are not currently studying or residing in the UK, and you are a self-funded, full fee student (not applicable to Erasmus/Study Abroad students).

    How do I apply?

    Simply complete the Overseas Scholarships Application form and return it to our International Office, once you have received an offer from us.

    The scholarship form is accessible at:

    What will happen next?

    You will need to accept our unconditional offer and pay the required deposit.
    We will then send you the Scholarship Award of £1,000 towards your tuition fee payment for your first year of study.

    Sport Scholarships

    Sport Solent continues to provide and support top level athletes that strive for academic success alongside their sporting careers. Southampton Solent University offers the opportunity for selected athletes to access a sporting scholarship in many disciplines.
    Please note: the Sport Solent scholarship is available for athletes who excel in basketball and cricket.
    If you compete at a national and/or international level in another sport, and want to get financial support and mentoring from Southampton Solent University, you can apply for the High Performance Academy|.
    The Sport Solent scholarship
    Academic fees are covered at 100% or 50% by the university for each successful applicant:
    Scholarship fees Undergraduate Postgraduate
    Year 1: 100% Year 1: 100%
    Year 2: 50% Year 2: 50%
    Year 3: 50% N/A

    • Personal mentor
    • One-to-one strength and conditioning training
    • Free use of Sport Solent facilities
    • Free membership to Team Solent sports clubs, providing sports insurance
    • High performance support workshops and lectures
    • Additional funding to compete in international sporting events
    • Flexible timetables
    • Physiotherapy treatments.

    To apply

    Applicants must fill out the registration form and email to The registration form can be accessible through the link below:

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