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University of Sunderland

100% online LLM Commercial Law

Develop the skills and expertise to succeed in commercial law with an online LLM from a university recognised for teaching and research excellence in law

LLM Commercial Law
Apply By 11 June 2024
To Start 25 June 2024
  • 180 credits
  • Complete within 12 months
  • £7,800 total fees
  • Internationally Excellent Research in Law

Why Sunderland?

  1. 100% online LLM within 12 months
  2. QS 5 star rating for teaching, inclusiveness, employability and facilities*
  3. Law courses ranked 1st in the north-east for teaching quality and student experience**
  4. 7th in the UK for social inclusion***
  5. £7,800 total fees, option to pay £650 per module
*QS World University Rankings, 2023
**Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2023
***The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2024

An online LLM in commercial law that opens up a range of career paths

The 100% online LLM Commercial Law from the University of Sunderland has been created for both lawyers and non-lawyers at all stages of their careers who have an interest in the commercial dimension of international legal issues and who want to gain a robust legal understanding of the global business environment. Whether you want to learn the commercial legal skills to support your pathway to working at a law firm, are currently in the legal profession and are looking to specialise in trade or corporate law, or are looking to develop a legal profile in a role within the civil service or the business world to accelerate your career progression, this online Master of Laws provides you with the knowledge, insights and skills to help you achieve your goals.

A University and law department acclaimed for research and teaching of law

The research of the Department of Law at the University of Sunderland was described as ‘internationally excellent’ in the latest Research Excellence Framework and our law academic staff are pre-eminent in important research in their fields. The teaching of the University of Sunderland Department of Law received national recognition in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, when its law courses were ranked 2nd in the UK for teaching quality and 3rd for student experience.

We have been ranked internationally as a leading university, receiving five stars for teaching, inclusiveness, employability and facilities in the QS World University Rankings 2023, the highest rating that can be awarded to a university. A special recognition of our practical focus on developing the skills that enable career progression for our students all over the world.

What will you study?

The online Commercial Law LLM will equip you with an advanced understanding of the complex legal issues surrounding international commercial and trade law, corporate governance and commercial arbitration. It will provide you with a comprehensive appreciation of how international business transactions are regulated through domestic law and internationally-agreed rules.

Key knowledge and skills taught on this course:

  • International trade law
  • International commercial arbitration
  • Business law
  • Contract law
  • Land law
  • Employment law
  • Dispute resolution
  • European law
  • Public law
  • Tort law
  • Legal research skills

A cutting-edge online learning experience that enables flexible study globally

This law degree is hosted and studied in an online learning environment that has been specifically designed to enable peer-to-peer learning and collaboration, with group learning activities, discussion boards and forums central to the learning experience. You will be studying alongside fellow LLM students from a wide range of backgrounds and will have the opportunity to build connections and grow your global professional network.

The online delivery of this postgraduate degree is beneficial because it enables you to study from anywhere in the world, with no need to visit campus. The modern, flexible design of the academic content and our online learning platform enables you to access the course materials and content on demand, at times that suit you.

You can choose to either study this LLM programme part-time and complete your degree within 24 months, or full-time and complete your degree within 12 months. With six start dates a year, you’re not restricted to the traditional academic year and can begin your postgraduate studies within weeks.

You will also be allocated a dedicated Student Success Coordinator, who will proactively support you throughout your studies – from enrolment to graduation.

A University with a global presence, outlook and student population

There is a high percentage of international students at University of Sunderland, and we have students studying by distance learning around the world. Sunderland is also one of the UK’s leading widening participation Universities and was awarded The Times/Sunday Times University of the Year for Social Inclusion 2021. We were also shortlisted as University of the Year by the THE – Times Higher Education.

The University of Sunderland truly is a global university, with campuses in Hong Kong, Sunderland and London, and many global partnerships including in the Caribbean, Greece, Kenya, Malaysia, Lanka, Oman, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tashkent and Vietnam. The philosophy and approach to teaching of the University of Sunderland is based on encouraging diverse learner cohorts so that they can interact with and learn from fellow students from different cultures and backgrounds, engendering a richer learning experience.

Admission requirements

Applicants must be of age 19 and above and should have or be about to complete:
  • At least a UK 2.2 undergraduate degree
  • A UK master’s degree (or international equivalent)
  • Third-class or ordinary undergraduate degree (without honours) or UK equivalent professional qualification with a minimum of two years’ appropriate work experience
  • Applicants who do not hold a recognised degree will be asked to provide evidence which demonstrates a minimum of three years’ relevant organisational experience

    The work experience must be at a graduate level, in either a managerial or professional capacity which may include voluntary work, placements, internships, or project management


Total course fees
Per 15-credit module fee

If you are based in the UK, you may be eligible for a government-backed postgraduate loan to cover the full costs of the course.

In addition, if you have successfully completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Sunderland, you are eligible for a 10% tuition fees reduction on our postgraduate programmes.

You pay tuition fees for each module taken, either module-by-module or in full at the start of your course.

If you pay module-by-module, you will pay in instalments of £650.