Course overview

  • Understand the regulatory and contractual issues in international financial services and transactions.
  • Develop your understanding of the current international banking sector.
  • Pursue a career in legal practice or the financial services industry.

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), www.detc.org.uk Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Course Level:

Master of Laws (LLM)

Course

CODE 12024

How long it takes:

1 year (full time)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Entry requirements

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Department:

Newcastle Law School

Course unit details

You will be doing 180 credits in total, 120 of which will be taught modules and the remainder 60 credits in the form of a dissertation.

The LLM course will typically offer around 30 different course units in any one year, and will always reflect a wide range of subjects across the legal spectrum.

There will usually be course units offered on such diverse topics as:

  • international trade and corporate law;
  • financial services regulation;
  • European law;
  • international economic law;
  • intellectual property law;
  • human rights law;
  • corporate governance;
  • law and finance in emerging markets.

Course units are of the value of 15 or 30 credits. You will be required to select course units to a total of 120 credits, and so must choose a minimum of four course units or may be able to choose a maximum of eight course units to make up your course of study. This involves taking one core course unit ( International Financial Services Regulation ) of 30 credit value, and the remaining 90 credits from an approved list of commercial law options.

The course has a compulsory 14,000 to 15,000 words dissertation (60 credits). The taught element of the degree course will total 120 credits and the research element will total 60 credits, for example, you will study 180 credits for a master’s course. The dissertation must be within the area of one unit you have chosen. The research element of the course is supported by weekly research methodology lectures delivered throughout semester one and two, designed to improve your legal writing and research skills.

 

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Title Code Credit rating Mandatory/optional
International Financial Services Regulation LAWS70352 30 Mandatory
LL.M Dissertation LAWS70990 60 Mandatory
Academic Skills for Legal Studies LAWS50000 0 Optional
International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Law LAWS65082 30 Optional
Transnational Corporate & Capital Markets Law LAWS70081 30 Optional
Intellectual Property Law LAWS70101 30 Optional
The Principles and Practice of Corporate Governance LAWS70362 30 Optional
International Investment Law LAWS72042 30 Optional
Law, Money and Technology LAWS73002 30 Optional

Academic entry qualification overview

A minimum Upper Second class honours degree, or the equivalent, in law.

This programme is a specialised course and not all Law degrees will provide the appropriate background. Potential applicants are advised that transcripts will be checked to ensure appropriate material has been covered.

 

English language

  • IELTS – overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.5;
  • TOEFL IBT 103 with 28 in writing and no further score below 25 in each section. TOEFL code for Newcastle is 0757.
  • Pearson – overall 73 with 73 in writing and no further score below 66

Scores are valid for 2 years.

Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.

LLM (full-time)
UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
International students (per annum): £19,500

Assessment

You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

Career opportunities

This master’s degree will enable you to develop the specialist knowledge necessary for a career in legal practice in any developed or developing country with a financial services or business law profile. It is also suitable for those looking to work directly in the financial services industry, especially those interested in compliance issues.