Introduction

The first of its kind, this exciting programme from our highly-rated School of Law equips the next generation of lawyers and civil servants with a unique combination of specialist legal expertise and the practical skills for a sparkling career in the fast-growing and highly competitive field of international trade.

This programme is studied by blended learning - a mixture of on campus and online.

This programme is designed for flexible, online, distance learning at your own time, location and pace with the added value of advancing your professional skills in treaty negotiation at a summer course on campus, guided and inspired by our highly-experienced specialist team.

Economic globalisation and recent world events, including Brexit, have thrown a spotlight on the issues, challenges and complexities of international trade and trade negotiation. We offer a specialist LLM programme in this area with career opportunities for skilled and ambitious lawyers with broad and transferable skills to continue to grow.

At Aberdeen we’ve combined the teaching and research strength of our long-established law school and the calibre of our first-class teaching team with our growing international profile and activity to create options for this new LLM.

This option offers the benefits of a ‘blended learning’ experience, combining the advantages of an online, distance learning programme with the extra opportunity to further develop your professional skills in trade negotiation. This degree is also available full-time on campus, or as a purely online programme with a dissertation instead of the professional skills course.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Blended Learning
Degree Qualification
LLM
Duration
12 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
January or September

Study Options

You will gain a thorough foundation in a broad range of topics engaging with different aspects of international trade law.

You will supplement this with a range of optional courses designed to give you a wide perspective and cater to your personal interests and career goals.

LLM 12 months or 24 months Blended Learning Full Time or Part Time January
Year 1

Year 1

Please note that in order to gain a full LLM, students must achieve 180 credits.

Compulsory Courses

Optional Courses

Students will obtain 30 credits from the courses listed below.

  • International Arbitration Law (30 credits)
  • International Investment Law (15 Credits)
  • International Investment Arbitration (15 Credits)
LLM 12 months or 24 months Blended Learning Full Time or Part Time September
Year 1

Year 1

Please note that in order to gain a full LLM, students must achieve 180 credits.

Compulsory Courses

Students will need to complete an intial course on Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship (0 credits) before commencing the subject specific courses.

Core Principles of World Trade Organisation Law (LS503A) - 15 Credit Points

This course examines the key foundational principles of WTO law. The principles that the course focuses on include non-discrimination, tariffs, quantitative prohibitions, subsidies, and transparency in sanitary and phytosanitary measures. The course also considers the WTO dispute settlement.

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World Trade Organisation: Applied Issues (LS503C) - 15 Credit Points

This course explores interactions between the WTO and other issues. It critically analyses the classical and contemporary challenges in the context of environment, human rights and labour rights, customs and free trade, security, energy, intellectual property and investment.

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International Sale of Goods (LS503B) - 15 Credit Points

This course focuses on the legal challenges which may arise in connection with a contract of sale of goods when the buyer and the seller of the goods are each located in different legal systems. The course considers the definition and sources of international sale of goods law and the legal issues arising for the buyer and for the seller in an international sale of goods transaction. The course examines the issues arising in relation to transactions to which the CISG (Vienna Sales Convention) may apply and contrast the CISG responses with the position under the UK's Sale of Goods Act 1979. The course also considers aspects of carriage of the goods from seller to buyer concerning bills of lading and Incoterms®. In addition, the course focuses on dispute resolution as well as private international law issues in relation to international sales contracts.

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Financing of International Sales (LS503D) - 15 Credit Points

This course focuses on the financing of international trade and examines the most common methods of international payment and finance in the context of international sale of goods. The particular issues selected will vary depending on current developments in the field. However, the indicative topics covered by the course are trade risks and the need for finance options in the context of international sale of goods, bills of exchange, documentary letters of credit, demand guarantees, other financing methods, and private international law issues surrounding international payments and finance.

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Negotiation Skills (LS501X) - 30 Credit Points

The vast majority of disputes and differences of a civil, that is, non-criminal nature are resolved before one of the parties commences legal proceedings, be they by application for resolution by a court, arbitration or mediation. Somewhere between 85% and 95% of those disputes and differences are resolved before the commencement of the hearing of the legal proceedings by the court or arbitration tribunal or the mediation proper.

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Professional Skills: International Trade Negotiation (LS5909) - 60 Credit Points

The first of its kind, the LLM in International Trade Law (with Professional Skills: International Trade Negotiation) programme at the University of Aberdeen blends delivery of advanced level teaching with training in the practical skills necessary to negotiate international trade agreements. This enables our graduates to position themselves for employment in this burgeoning field. Our emphasis on the skills element differentiates our programme from more traditional programmes delivered by other institutions. The opportunity to negotiate 'mock' international trade agreements with India and China offers our students an exciting setting to apply the technical legal knowledge that they have acquired during the programme in a highly practical setting, something that is always of interest to students and employers alike. This programme will be of particular interest to those who wish to seek employment in the fields of international trade law and/or the negotiation of international trade agreements.

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Optional Courses

International Arbitration Law (LS501Z) - 30 Credit Points

Arbitration is growing in popularity as a dispute resolution method across a variety of sectors, and internationally. The law in this area is technical and complex, and a full understanding of how it operates is essential for anyone advising clients, or framing contracts carrying arbitration clauses.

The principles and content of international arbitration law are considered, with the UK arbitral system as the template. Other systems, including some of the institutional rules, are also considered. Key concepts which apply across all arbitration regimes will be considered. Subjects covered here will include the rules and principles underpinning the following:

The Arbitration Agreement

Sources of Arbitral Rules: Legislative and Institutional

Jurisdiction of the Arbitral Tribunal

Appointment of Arbitrators

The Arbitral Process Pre-Hearing

The Arbitral Hearing

Arbitral Costs

The Award and Challenge

Enforcement of the Award.

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International Investment Law (LS503E) - 15 Credit Points

The aim of this module to study the substantive legal issues arising from dipsutes under international investment agreements in particular in the the process of investor-state arbitration. This course will examine the interplay between a state's right to regulate and the susbtantive protections offered to foreing investors  to protect their investments. These substantive protections include fair and equitable treatment expropriation, most favoruable nation and national nbsp;treatment. It will be an interactive and dynamic module, as students will have the opportunity to work on a substantive protections lab so that they can understand the notions of each substnaitve protection in real treaty practice.

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International Investment Arbitration (LS503F) - 15 Credit Points

This module studies the procedural issues arising from investor-state arbitration under international investment agreements. The course will consider the historical evolution of international investment agreements and the modern concerns new forms of these type of instruments. The course will discuss the different aspects of the investor-state arbitration process, starting from the differences between commercial and treaty disputes, studying the notion of sovereign inmunity and the understanding of the procedural issues that often arise, such as trasnaprency, the role of amicus curiae and enforcement of international investment awards.

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Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Why Study International Trade Law and Treaty Negotiation with Professional Skills?

  • A Law School ranked 10th in the UK for Law (The Complete University Guide 2018).
  • In an LLM exit survey, we carried out in 2016, 98% of students felt that their LLM had added value to their career prospects and 97% would recommend their course to others.

  • Over 500 years of rich academic heritage with 21st century innovation and dynamism to create and deliver world class programmes.
  • Highly-respected legal research centres including the Centres for Energy Law, Civil Law and Private International Law.
  • The breadth of curriculum and depth of expertise, with specialist Masters programmes across Commercial Law, International Law, Oil and Gas Law, Human Rights and Criminal Justice, Intellectual Property Law and Energy and Environmental Law
  • The calibre, experience, and enthusiasm of the strong academic team, challenging you with complex, realistic scenarios as you get to grips with this fascinating and fast-growing area.
  • Taught by our teaching team that includes legal practitioners with extensive real-world experience.
  • The online resources of the award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library and Law Library, with a first-class collection of reference works in law and related subjects.
  • Successful Professional skills courses in the fields of commercial law.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

Normally, a 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) in Law will be required to be accepted onto this programme. Relevant practical experience in a related field will also be beneficial.

The Programme Coordinator retains sole discretion for any admission decisions.

Applications may be made up until the end of August, for a September start, and the end of December, for a January start, each year. However, since places are limited, early application is encouraged.

English Language Requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at the University of Aberdeen.

Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. This programme requires that you meet the College of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Standard level of English proficiency.

If you have not achieved the required scores, the University of Aberdeen offers pre-sessional English courses. Further details are available on our Language Centre website.

Nationals of some English-speaking countries or those who hold degrees from some English-speaking countries may be exempted from this requirement. Details of countries recognised as English-speaking can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme.

Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

LLM 12 months or 24 months Blended Learning Full Time or Part Time January

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £1,000
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits. Fee does not include the fee for the Professional Skills Summer School, which is quoted below.
All Students £5,500
Professional Skills Summer School - Academic Year 2018/19 This is the fee charged for the Professional Summer School course which is taken at the end of the programme.
LLM 12 months or 24 months Blended Learning Full Time or Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £1,000
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits. Fee does not include the fee for the Professional Skills Summer School, which is quoted below.
All Students £5,500
Professional Skills Summer School - Academic Year 2018/19 This is the fee charged for the Professional Summer School course which is taken at the end of the programme.

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Careers

Equipping students with the legal and practical knowledge in international trade law and trade negotiation, this programme opens a range of career opportunities, including internationally, and will prove a significant career advantage in many fields of law.

On completing this programme you’ll be equipped with the intellectual, critical and practical skills which are fundamental to practising as a trained professional in this field. You’ll also have advanced transferable skills including research, critical thinking, problem solving, effective communication, and diplomacy which are highly valued by all employers.

Our Experts

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Features

The programme is taught mainly online, using the University’s Virtual Learning Environment MyAberdeen, and online learning resources, including specialist databases. The on-campus summer professional skills component will be taught in modern, well-equipped facilities at the heart of our historic Aberdeen campus. You will have access to online lectures, materials, case studies, projects, videos, online resources and plenty of support as you gain the skills to take your career to the next level.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

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School of Law
University of Aberdeen
Taylor Building
Aberdeen
AB24 3UB