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Prepare for career success in international trade.

Join an online LLM that gives you a route to specialise in treaty negotiation.

International trade law and trade negotiation are attracting increased interest given economic globalisation, trade wars, world events like Brexit, and emphasis on sustainable development issues in trade policy.

Gain the specialist legal skills you need to succeed in this fascinating and challenging field.

With this unique online law programme, you can choose to graduate with one of two LLM qualifications:

LLM in International Trade Law

  • 100% online, with a dissertation, or

LLM in International Trade Law and Treaty Negotiation with Professional Skills

  • online, with an on-campus Professional Skills summer school in place of a dissertation.

You can also study this degree full-time on campus with a dissertation or Professional Skills option.

Earn your LLM without taking a career break

With flexible part-time hours, you can study this degree around full-time work.

You’ll earn an LLM from a top 6 UK law school. And you’ll graduate ready to start or progress your career in government, trade finance, law firms, business, industry associations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

What you’ll study

You can choose to study for either an:

  • LLM in International Trade Law – studying 100% online
  • LLM in International Trade Law and Treaty Negotiation with Professional Skills – studying online with an on-campus Professional Skills summer school
  • or start with one of the short courses that make up this degree.

How you’ll study

LLM International Trade Law is delivered 100% online, with a dissertation. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

LLM in International Trade Law and Treaty Negotiation with Professional Skills is delivered via blended learning. It combines flexible online study with a two-week Professional Skills summer school on campus in Aberdeen in lieu of your dissertation.

Online learning

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 experienced and enthusiastic team of academics and legal practitioners. They’ll challenge you with complex, realistic scenarios as you develop your expertise in this exciting, fast-growing area of law.


This degree is assessed online via methods including online discussion boards, essays and quizzes.

The on-campus summer school assessment elements take place while you are here on campus.

Your support team

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

Online learning in the School of Law

Advocates share their experiences of working while studying law online with us.

Where this will take you


You’ll graduate with an LLM, ready to start or further your career in a range of international trade areas, including:

  • diplomacy
  • politics
  • businesses involved in the import or export of goods
  • industry associations
  • government departments
  • NGOs with interests in trade and sustainable development issues.

You can also pursue a career in academia in this area of law and/or conduct a PhD study.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study, and for up to five years after you graduate.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Fees and funding

The fee quoted above is based on you starting your studies with us in the 2021/22 academic year.

We have confirmed that our fees will rise by 5% for the next academic year (2022/23). The indicative fee above includes this 5% fee rise.

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.

Why study Law online with the University of Aberdeen?

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, 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 can take breaks 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.

Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship

Whatever your legal and educational background, we want to make sure you have the skills you need to excel in online legal study.

On this preparatory course, you’ll develop your research, analytical, and writing skills to the highest standard. You’ll cover referencing, understanding plagiarism, and how to access librarian support and the wide range of resources available to you for your course and dissertation work.

Your final 60 credits

Choose either:

  • an online dissertation, to graduate with an LLM in International Trade Law, or
  • our on-campus Professional Skills summer school, to graduate with an LLM in 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 based on 180 credits of study over two years, starting in September 2021.

Apply for this programme

Start month
September or January

This indicative cost is based on 180 credits of study over two years, starting in September 2021.

Apply via our Applicant Portal