University of Derby


This course is available to lawyers and non-lawyers alike. It provides choice by enabling students to choose from specialist pathways and modules to build a degree that matches their career aspirations, research pursuits and personal interests. Students can choose to specialise in the following pathways: commercial law; corporate and financial law; intellectual property and information technology law; transnational criminal law; international protection of human rights and personal freedom; the legal practice (top-up).

Entry requirements

An Honours degree in any subject (at least 2.2). Applicants with relevant work experience, may be accepted following an interview with the programme leader; students whose 1st language is not English should have IELTS 7.

Course modules

Your core and option modules are based on whether you are studying the general LLM pathway or a specialist named pathway. Whichever route you choose, you will take the following core modules:

Legal Scholarship
You’ll enhance your research, communication and independent study techniques, which will help you throughout your Masters degree and will also assist with your personal and professional development. This module provides a stepping stone if you wish to present your work at conferences or have your work published. The skills you develop will also be of direct relevance if you are seeking to undertake a PhD and will help you progress through the early stages of a research career.

Independent Studies
This module gives you the opportunity to develop deep and specialist knowledge through robust legal scholarship. You will use the intellectual skills you’ve gained during your course to carry out an extensive investigation of a significant topic. You will be supported throughout by a member of our law team with expertise in the area you choose to research. If you plan to complete the general LLM, you will also study five modules from our extensive list of options. If you are taking a specialist LLM pathway, you will study two prescribed modules which align with your pathway specialism, alongside three option modules which you can select to match your individual interests. The core modules for each pathway are as follows:

  • LLM Commercial Law
    Commercial Theories – covering the historical development of commercialism; economic, political and social theories of commercialism; American realism; critical legal studies; socio-legal studies; law and economics; and globalisation

    National and International Sale of Goods – exploring themes such as distribution contracts, licences, franchises, negotiable instruments and credit financing.

  • LLM (Corporate and Financial Law)
    Company Law – an overview of how the law has developed to regulate and accommodate the needs of corporate identities, including the roles of individuals – and their liabilities for these roles – in the management and operation of a company

    International Banking and Finance Law – exploring the systems for regulating financial markets, viewed within the context of the recent ‘banking crisis’ and changing political and economic conditions on a global scale.

  • LLM Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law
    Information and Communication Technology Law – examining the wide-ranging laws applying to the control and operation of the internet, communication systems and interactive technologies

    International Protection of Intellectual Property Rights – covering the level of protection afforded by international agreements and their impact on commercial activity, together with the criteria for protection of patents, trademarks, copyright and related rights.

  • LLM International Protection of Human Rights and Personal Freedom
    The Law and Investigation of Human Rights Violations – focusing on practical approaches to the investigation of human rights violations and the issues and concerns which should inform your investigations in this field

    Public International Law – charting the application of legal rules which regulate relations between states, including the relevance of customary law, the establishment of treaties to promote state responsibility and the liability of state where these rules are breached.

Optional modules

You'll select your options from the following list, unless you have studied them previously:

  • Intellectual Property in the Digital Age
  • International Protection of Intellectual Property Rights
  • Commercial Theories
  • Company Law
  • Public International Law
  • International Banking and Finance Law
  • National and International Sale of Goods
  • Information and Communication Technology Law
  • The Law and Investigation of Human Rights Violations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time September 2017 GBP 695 per Module (Home/EU) 1 Years
LLM Full-time September 2017 GBP 12,240 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
LLM Part-time September 2017 GBP 695 per Module (Home/EU) 3 Years
LLM Full-time January 2018 GBP 695 per Module (Home/EU) 1 Years
LLM Full-time January 2018 GBP 12,240 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
LLM Part-time January 2018 GBP 695 per Module (Home/EU) 3 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Kedleston Road Campus Derby DE22 1GB East Midlands

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