Course overview

  • Build on your interest in the issues that drive corporate governance law and practice, and reform proposals.
  • Develop your understanding of corporations and their place in society.
  • Pursue a career in the practice of corporate law.

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Course Level:

Master of Law (LLM)


CODE U12011

How long it takes:

1 year (full-time)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Entry requirements

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Newcastle Law School

Course unit details

You will be doing 180 credits in total, 120 of which will be taught course units and the remainder 60 credits in the form of a dissertation.

The LLM course will typically offer around 30 different course units in any one year, and will always reflect a wide range of subjects across the legal spectrum. There will usually be course units offered on diverse topics, such as:

  • international trade and corporate law;
  • financial services regulation;
  • European law;
  • international economic law;
  • intellectual property law;
  • human rights law;
  • corporate governance;
  • law and finance in emerging markets.

Course units are worth 15 or 30 credits each. You will be required to select course units to a total of 120 credits. You must choose a minimum of four course units or choose a maximum of eight course units to make up your course of study.

The core course units for semester 1 are:

  • the Principles and Practice of Corporate Governance;
  • Corporations and International Business Law.

The taught element of the degree will total 120 credits and the research element will total 60 credits, in total, you will study 180 credits for the master’s course.

Your dissertation must be within the area of one unit you have chosen. This will be supported by weekly research methodology lectures delivered throughout semesters one and two, designed to improve your legal writing and research skills.


 Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Title Code Credit rating Mandatory/optional
Transnational Corporate & Capital Markets Law LAWS70081 30 Mandatory
The Principles and Practice of Corporate Governance LAWS70362 30 Mandatory
LL.M Dissertation LAWS70990 60 Mandatory
Academic Skills for Legal Studies LAWS50000 0 Optional
International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Law LAWS65082 30 Optional
Corporate Governance, Global Trade and Labour Laws LAWS67021 30 Optional
Intellectual Property Law LAWS70101 30 Optional
International Financial Services Regulation LAWS70352 30 Optional
International Investment Law LAWS72042 30 Optional

    Academic entry qualification overview

    A minimum Upper Second class honours degree, or the international equivalent, in law.

    This programme is a specialised course and not all Law degrees will provide the appropriate background.  Potential applicants are advised that transcripts will be checked to ensure appropriate material has been covered.


    English language

    • IELTS – overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.5;
    • TOEFL IBT 103 with 28 in writing and no further score below 25 in each section. TOEFL code for Newcastle is 0757.
    • Pearson – overall 73 with 73 in writing and no further score below 66

    Scores are valid for 2 years.

    Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.

    LLM (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £19,500


    You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

    All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.