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.

Study Information

Study Options

Learning Mode
Blended Learning
Degree Qualification
LLM
Duration
12 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
September or January
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Economic globalisation and recent world events, including Brexit and trade wars, 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. 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 at a summer course on campus. This degree is also available full-time or part-time on campus.

Available Programmes of Study

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.

International Trade Law and Treaty Negotiation with Professional Skills

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

Programme Information

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 initial 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 examines the most common methods of 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 payment and finance options in the context of international sale of goods, bills of exchange, documentary letters of credit, demand guarantees, newly developed financing methods by technological innovation such as supply chain finance and invoice trading, and private international law issues surrounding international payments and finance.

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Negotiation Skills (LS501X)
Professional Skills: International Trade Negotiation (LS5909)

60 Credit Points

This course is the professional skills element of the LLM in International Trade Law and Treaty Negotiation Programme and is taught over two weeks after a preparatory week in summer. It is a highly practical and interactive course that aims to equip students with the practical skills necessary to successfully negotiate international trade agreements. The knowledge and skills acquired on this course are suitable for positions in government, finance, international organisations, business and industry associations operating in or affected by international trade and NGOs concerned with international trade.

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Optional Courses

Students will obtain 30 credits from the courses listed below.

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.

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International Investment Law (LS503E)
International Investment Arbitration (LS503F)

Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £1,060
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2020/21 academic year. This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits. Fee does not apply to the Professional Skills Summer School, which is quoted below.
All Students £5,380
Professional Skills Summer School - Academic year 2022/23. This is the fee charged for the Professional Skills Summer School (60 credits) which is taken at the end of the programme.
Indicative Programme Fee £14,490
Indicative programme fee based on studies beginning in the 2020/21 academic year. Fees increment annually. This fee is calculated on the basis of part-time study of 180 credits of study over 2 years.
LLM 12 months or 24 months Blended Learning Full Time or Part Time September View

Programme Information

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 initial 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.

View detailed information about this course
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.

View detailed information about this course
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.

View detailed information about this course
Financing of International Sales (LS503D)

15 Credit Points

This course examines the most common methods of 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 payment and finance options in the context of international sale of goods, bills of exchange, documentary letters of credit, demand guarantees, newly developed financing methods by technological innovation such as supply chain finance and invoice trading, and private international law issues surrounding international payments and finance.

View detailed information about this course
Negotiation Skills (LS501X)
Professional Skills: International Trade Negotiation (LS5909)

60 Credit Points

This course is the professional skills element of the LLM in International Trade Law and Treaty Negotiation Programme and is taught over two weeks after a preparatory week in summer. It is a highly practical and interactive course that aims to equip students with the practical skills necessary to successfully negotiate international trade agreements. The knowledge and skills acquired on this course are suitable for positions in government, finance, international organisations, business and industry associations operating in or affected by international trade and NGOs concerned with international trade.

View detailed information about this course

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.

View detailed information about this course
International Investment Law (LS503E)
International Investment Arbitration (LS503F)

Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £1,060
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2020/21 academic year. This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits. Fee does not apply to the Professional Skills Summer School, which is quoted below.
All Students £5,120
Professional Skills Summer School - Academic year 2021/22. This is the fee charged for the Professional Skills Summer School (60 credits) which is taken at the end of the programme.
Indicative Programme Fee £13,940
Indicative programme fee based on studies beginning in the 2020/21 academic year. Fees increment annually. This fee is calculated on the basis of part-time study of 180 credits of study over 2 years.

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.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • E-learning
  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Peer Learning
  • Workshops

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

  • The School of Law is ranked 5th in the UK for Law (The Times Good University Guide 2019), and based on the Times ranking is the highest ranked Scottish Law School.
  • The School of Law is ranked 9th in the UK for Law (The Complete University Guide 2020)
  • 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

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

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.

Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 54; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

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. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

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

Fee Information

Additional Fee Information

  • Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programmes section above.
  • 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.

Scholarships

Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.

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

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