University of Sussex

University of Sussex

International Financial Law

We know a lot about what has happened during the global financial crisis, but less about how or why. Specialising in this rapidly developing field, you will gain an insight into the law, regulation, documentation and legal issues affecting major transactions in global financial markets. Teaching on this course has a practical emphasis. As well as the fundamental knowledge and skills, you will be equipped with the practical tools necessary to apply your understanding of the global economy and finance, and how it is regulated, to the real-world; you develop an extensive and detailed knowledge of financial law from a theoretical, practical and interdisciplinary outlook; gain a thorough understanding of the financial services industry, with a particular emphasis on compliance; engage critically with domestic and international developments from practical, regulatory and policy perspectives on financial law; and analyse the relevant social, economic, political, historical, philosophical, ethical, scientific and cultural contexts within which financial institutions operate.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in law or a relevant subject (such as international relations, political science, history, criminology, criminal justice or sociology) but applicants from other backgrounds may be considered.

Course modules

Autumn term: Advanced research for LLM students; principles of international financial law; and either the law of financial derivatives and structured products or corporate and international finance and institutions in the global financial market. Spring term: International and comparative company law; international corporate governance; law of international business transactions; international commercial arbitration; international investment law; financial crisis and bank regulation; entrepreneurial finance; financial derivatives; multinational financial management; research methods for banking and finance. Summer term: Supervised work on your LLM dissertation.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework, unseen examinations, 4,000-5,000-word essays and a 15,000-word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time £ 6,060 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
LLM Full-time £ 14,450 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
LLM Full-time £ 6,060 per Academic year (rest of UK fees (Scottish courses)) 1 years
LLM Full-time £ 6,060 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
01273 678655