International Commercial Law LLM - 2018/9

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

LLM International Commercial Law

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip International Commercial Law
PGCert International Commercial Law

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PLA65011 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

JACs code


QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - School of Law

Programme Leader

EHRENBERG Kenneth (Schl of Law)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • To enable students to understand and evaluate key contemporary debates in law, concerning a wide area of law from European to International Justice
  • To enable students to understand and evaluate contemporary debates in the study of law
  • To deepen students' knowledge of theoretical aspects of law and dispute resolution both in an International, national and a European sphere
  • To enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding of law
  • To provide students with the skills necessary to design and complete a dissertation on a specialist topic, including: formulating research questions; selecting appropriate methods of data collection and analysis (where appropriate); conducting a literature review; and presenting research according to scholarly conventions

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Critical awareness of contemporary debates in the study law K
In-depth understanding of international, European and local structures of dispute resolution and formal regulation K
Detailed knowledge and understanding of eight sub-fields of law K
Understanding of processes of knowledge creation and contestation within law K
Understanding of techniques of research and enquiry and their application to the study of law K
Gather, organise and deploy evidence and information from a range of different sources C
Analyse and synthesise a wide range of material in verbal and numerical formats C
Deal with complex issues systematically and creatively C
Make sound judgements on basis of incomplete evidence C
Demonstrate self-direction and originality in solving problems and analysing evidence C
Construct reasoned argument C
Apply theoretical frameworks to empirical analysis C
Make appropriate use of information and communications technology P
Carry out an advanced literature search P
Form effective arguments P
Organise workload to meet deadlines P
Formulate research questions P
Design and conduct a research project P
Present research findings orally and in writing P
Communicate and present ideas effectively T
Reason critically T
Use information and communication technology for the retrieval and presentation of material T
Organise and plan own work T
Adopt a proactive approach to problem-solving T
Collaborate with others to achieve common goals T
Deploy a range of relevant research skills T
Make decisions in complex situations T
Take responsibility for own learning T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7*. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
*some programmes may contain up to 30 credits at FHEQ level 6.

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics N
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
ERASMUS Study (that is not taken during Level P) N
Study exchange(s) (that are not part of the ERASMUS scheme) N
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.