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Prepare for career success in international trade.

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. Graduate with an LLM that will prepare you for, or further your career in, government, trade finance, law firms, businesses, industry associations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) nationally and internationally.

Studying part-time online with flexibility, you can earn your LLM with a top 6 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 international trade area of your choice with your dissertation.
  • Or specialise in trade negotiation, blending your online studies with a two-week on-campus international trade negotiation summer school here in Aberdeen.

You can also study LLM International Trade Law full-time on campus with dissertation and Professional Skills options.

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 – online courses with on-campus summer school)
  • 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 blending online courses with a two-week on-campus summer school 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 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.

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Where will this take me?


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 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.

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 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 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 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 two years.

Apply for this programme

Start month
September or January

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

Apply via our Applicant Portal