LLM Law - Commercial Law

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available LLM
Programme length One year full time
Two years part time
Part-time study available Yes
Part time study requires daytime weekday attendance.
Open to international students Yes
Number of places 160 (across all LLM programmes)
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

The University of Bristol LLM offers a variety of possibilities to study law at an advanced level and the opportunity to specialise in particular areas. There are a number of specialist programmes enabling you to study a set of related units that, together, provide a more in-depth knowledge and understanding of those themes.
Alternatively, you can opt for a broader and more general set of unit choices. In all cases, you are encouraged to explore at a deeper level your chosen areas of law and to see how those legal fields operate in different contexts, considering the relevant issues theoretically and practically and from a range of perspectives. This is an exciting and stimulating set of degree programmes being offered, each of which prepares you well for many different possible careers. If you have an interest in studying law at a level beyond your undergraduate degree and are seeking to enhance your analytical, research and legal writing skills, you will find Bristol’s LLM to be a challenging and rewarding experience. We have a large and vibrant international community of LLM students in Bristol.

Commercial Law

This programme offers you an opportunity to engage in intensive study of specialist commercial and industrial topics. You may wish to concentrate on European commercial issues, international trade, or aspects of domestic commerce. It provides a solid foundation for anyone wishing to enter the legal professions.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Part time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Part one

You may study four units from the following list, or three units from the following list with a further unit chosen from any of the other LLM programmes:

  • Banking Law
  • Company Law
  • Competition Law of the EU
  • Corporate Governance in the UK and US
  • EU Trade Law
  • European Contract Law
  • Global Perspectives on Corporate Governance
  • Individual Employment Rights
  • Information Technology Law
  • Insolvency Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Commercial Litigation
  • International Corporate Finance 
  • International Law of Trade and Aid
  • Law of E-Commerce
  • Public Contract Law
  • Privacy Law
  • Regulation of Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Secured Transactions Law

Please note that unit choices are subject to change depending on staff availability.

Assessment is by examinations in the summer term. Some units are also assessed via a coursework component.

Part two

In the Spring Term, you will choose a topic for a 12,000 word dissertation within the field of Commercial Law, for approval by the Law School. After passing Part One of the programme, you start work on your dissertation for submission by mid-September. You must pass both parts to obtain an LLM and may not proceed to Part Two until you have passed Part One.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree in Law or a degree with an adequate law component. International students with equivalent qualifications should supply a transcript of their examination results (an official English translation if the original is in a language other than English).

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile B
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


This programme provides a solid foundation for any students wishing to enter the legal professions and in particular to work in a commercial law firm or to embark on a career at the Commercial Bar. Alternatively, graduates might choose to work as in-house lawyers or with a variety of regulatory organisations. Indeed, there is a broad range of possibilities for those who successfully complete their Commercial Law LLM. 

How to apply
Application deadline:

UK/EU students: 1 July 2016

Overseas students: 1 June 2016

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

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