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Prepare for career success in international trade.

You can also study LLM International Trade Law full-time on campus.

Economic globalisation, recent trade wars, and world events like Brexit have thrown a spotlight on international trade law and trade negotiation.

Gain the specialist legal skills you need to succeed in this fascinating and challenging field. Graduate with a Masters that will ready you for work in government, finance, international law firms, multinational businesses and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

You’ll study trade treaties, economic relations between states, and the laws that govern trade. You’ll focus on cutting-edge research, current affairs and the issues, challenges and complexities facing the international trade system.

You’ll have the flexibility to train in your own time and at your own pace. Studying part-time online, you can earn your LLM with a top 10 UK law school without taking a career break.

Tailor your learning

Get the qualification you need for the career you want. With this unique LLM, you can choose from a range of optional courses to broaden your perspective and tailor your training.

  • Study 100% online and specialise in an area of your choice with your dissertation
  • or specialise in trade negotiation and blend your online studies with a two-week on-campus trade negotiation summer school here in Aberdeen.

What will I study?

You can choose to study for an:

  • LLM in International Trade Law (100% online)
  • LLM in International Trade Law and Treaty Negotiation with Professional Skills (Blended learning)
  • or start with one of the short courses that make up this degree.

How will I study?

LLM International Trade Law is delivered either:

  • 100% online
  • or with two weeks of on-campus training in Aberdeen.

Your online teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including online lectures, case studies, projects and videos.

You’ll also have online access to our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library and the Taylor Library, a dedicated resource for law students. Both have first-class collections of reference works in law and related subjects. Find out more about our libraries.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from an internationally experienced and enthusiastic team of legal practitioners. They’ll challenge you with complex, realistic scenarios as you get to grips with this exciting, fast-growing area of law.


This degree is assessed entirely online, with the exception of the optional on-campus course. This optional course is taught and assessed on campus.

Your support team

Our friendly team are here to answer any queries you have before, during and after your studies.

Where will this take me?


You’ll graduate qualified to practise trade law as a career.

You could go on to work in a law firm focused on international investments or with commercial clients who operate internationally.

You could also find work in international organisations, finance, government departments and NGOs.

You’ll be ready to take up roles including:

  • Lawyer
  • Civil Servant
  • Legal Manager
  • International Trade Consultant
  • or pursue a further research career as a PhD student.

Your LLM qualification will be recognised by employers and educational institutions around the world. It will open doors for you in the UK and internationally.

Fees and funding

The fee quoted above is based on you starting your studies with us in the 2020/21 academic year.

We have confirmed that our fees will rise by 5% per year for the next three academic years (2020/21, 2021/22, and 2022/23). The indicative fee above includes these 5% fee rises.

Pay as you go

Don’t worry, you do not have to pay the full degree fee upfront. 

You can pay for your degree one term at a time. This gives you a flexible way to spread the cost.

At the start of each term, you only pay for the credits you choose to study that term.

Entry requirements


  • A 2:1 (upper-second) honours degree (or equivalent) in Law.
  • Relevant practical experience in a related field will also be beneficial.

These are our minimum entry requirements. They are given as a guide and do not guarantee entry.

Master of Laws - 180 Credits

You’ll work through 120 credits worth of courses and then take either:

  • a 60-credit dissertation, studied fully online, or
  • a 60-credit intensive two-week Professional Skills Summer School on campus in Aberdeen.

You can start your studies in January or September.


Typically, it takes 24 months to complete the LLM part-time. To study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term. You’re welcome to take a study break between courses, as long as you complete your degree within six years. 

You can also study this degree full-time, completing it in 12 months. You need to dedicate around 40 hours per week to study full-time.

Your final 60 credits

Choose either:

  • an online dissertation, to graduate with the award of LLM International Trade Law, or
  • an on-campus Professional Skills course, to graduate with the award of LLM International Trade Law and Treaty Negotiation.

We will endeavour to make all these courses available, but they are subject to change. Read our policy on changes to degree programmes and courses.

Start with a short course

Not sure you can commit to a full degree? You can start with a short course that’s part of the degree instead.  

You’ll earn credits for each course you complete. Your credits will count towards the LLM if you want to complete the rest of the degree at a later stage. 

Master of Laws

180 Credits

Indicative cost


This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 180 credits of study over 2 years.

Apply for this programme

Start month
September or January

This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 180 credits of study over 2 years.

Apply via our Applicant Portal