In the modern world it is vital to understand the principles and main tenets of international trade; such as tariffs and customs regulation, as well as understanding how it affects societies, regions, and the environment.

This LLM programme enables you to understand the complex issues emerging in the area of international trade, drawing on Newcastle Law School’s research strengths in the areas of international trade law, EU law, law of comparative regional integration and transnational economic relations more widely. The principal focus is on the multilateral trading system and the law of the World Trade Organisation. Our modules will allow you to develop in-depth specialisation in key related areas, such as the environment, public procurement, or competition law.

This pathway is an excellent choice for those who want to grasp the foundations of international trade, but also engage with critical contemporary issues. It will also provide a unique opportunity for deeper understanding of the challenges facing the United Kingdom in the Brexit context.


Why Study this Course?

  • Study at a top global law school – Newcastle Law School is one of the UK’s top 20 law schools (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019), reflecting our excellence in teaching and our world-leading research.
  • Research-led teaching – the latest Research Excellence Framework confirmed that 96% of our research is judged to be internationally recognised. Our academics are experts in their fields, conducting cutting-edge research which informs law reform
  • Professional links – opportunities include the annual law fair, and visits to leading firms 
  • Employability – this programme provides a rare set of specialised modules leaving graduates uniquely qualified for growing international employment markets
  • Optional modules – you will choose your options from one the widest ranges of modules on any LLM programme in the UK with over 30 available, enabling you to create a unique degree tailored to your future career aspirations
  • Pathway route – this allows you to specialise in a particular area of 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.

LLM International Trade Law Pathway

Course Level:

Postgraduate, Taught




CODE P1142

How long it takes:

1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$22,500

Entry requirements

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Newcastle Law School

You follow a modular programme (180 credits in total), which comprises six taught modules (20 credits each) and a dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits); the latter to be submitted at the end of the year of study. Students following the International Trade Law pathway will study a minimum of three of their six modules from the list below:

  • Commercial Conflict of Laws
  • Environmental Energy Law
  • Financing of International Trade
  • Global Competition Law
  • International Corporate Governance
  • International Trade Law and Policy: Foundations
  • International Trade Law and Policy: Advanced Issues
  • Public International Law

Your other modules can be chosen from any of the modules available on our LLM pathways in that year. If you follow the LLM General pathway, you can choose any six modules from those available.

The list below reflects the latest information we have:

  • Banking Law
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea
  • Commercial Conflict of Laws
  • Company Law
  • Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
  • Criminal Law Reform Now 
  • Elements of Cyberlaw
  • Environmental Energy Law
  • European Human Rights Law
  • Financing of International Trade
  • Global Competition Law 
  • Global Crime Problems
  • Health and Safety at Work Law
  • Human Rights and Criminal Justice
  • Human Rights and Health Care Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International and European Legal Responses to Terrorism
  • International Corporate Governance
  • International Criminal Law and Justice
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Trade Law and Policy: Foundations
  • International Trade Law and Policy: Advanced Issues
  • Islamic Family Law
  • Law and Language 
  • Law of International Organisations
  • Maritime Law
  • Partnership and LLP Law
  • Public International Law
  • Socio-Legal Methods
  • Socio-Legal Theory
  • Theory of Criminal Law
  • Transnational Criminal Law

Students may also be allowed to choose one of their six modules from those offered by the Political Science and International Studies department. Some of the modules available include:


  • Global Environmental Governance
  • Sex, Death Gender and (in)security
  • Ethnic Conflict and its Management: Theories and Cases
  • Arguing against Tyranny
  • Democracy and Development (please note this module has priority for POLSIS students and spaces for LLM students may be limited or unavailable) 
  • Globalisation and Governance
  • Terrorism and Political Violence
  • Post-conflict Peacebuilding and the International Order
  • Authoritarianism and Development (please note this module has priority for POLSIS students and spaces for LLM students may be limited or unavailable) 

Considering postgraduate study, but unsure whether you meet the entry requirements for a Masters-level degree? Postgraduate admissions guidelines vary by course and university, but can be quite flexible.

Your existing qualifications will be important, but you don’t necessarily need a great Bachelors degree to apply for a Masters. Your personal circumstances and experience may also be considered during the admissions process.

This guide explains the typical entry requirements for a Masters, which include:

      • An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject – Depending on the programme and institution, you may need a 2.1 in your Bachelors, but this isn’t always the case
      • Language proficiency – If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to display a certain ability level, usually through a language test
      • Professional experience – Some postgraduate programmes may require you to have some professional experience (this is usually the case for PGCEs and Masters in Social Work)
      • Entrance exams – These are only required in certain subject areas and qualifications, including some MBAs

Tuition fees for UK/EU students 2020/21

MSc:  Full-time £9,900. Part-time £4,950
Postgraduate Diploma:  Full-time £6,660. Part-time £3,300


Tuition fees for International students 2020/21

MSc: Full time £23,310
Postgraduate Diploma: Full-time £15,540


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.

Our graduates move onto a diverse range of careers, with many going on to work in top law schools and law firms. Some examples of where our recent graduates have gone on to work include: Linklaters LLP, 5 Pump Court Chambers, Bar Pro Bono Unit and Squire Patton Boggs. A number of our postgraduate students go directly from Newcastle to complete the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Professional Training Course.


Links to the Legal Profession

The Law School maintains strong links with the professional world, through our network of alumni and contacts in the barristers’ and solicitors’ professions. These links allow us to put on a series of law careers events throughout the academic year.

Each autumn, the University hosts the Law Fair, in which we welcome over 50 law firms, including some of the largest law firms in the world, to the University’s Great Hall. The attendees represent law firms of all sizes and most areas of practice.

Each year, the Law School hosts an “Employability Fortnight”. The events which run in this fortnight have included an Applications Process Panel Session, a Midlands Circuit Court Visit followed by an Inner Temple Drinks Reception in the evening, an Alternative Dispute Resolution Workshop by Herbert Smith, and dedicated Careers Advice Drop-in Sessions.


The Careers Network

The Careers Network organises regular events including presentations by top law firms and the annual Law Fair. It also runs workshops to help students prepare effective applications and to prepare for their next move. Its events on non-law careers, including journalism, marketing and working with charities, can be of interest to law students.



The Law School organises a range of mooting opportunities and students have the opportunity to participate (a moot is a mock trial of a legal issue). The Moot Room is a state-of-the-art court room, complete with audio-visual equipment for recording moots. The Law School operates four mooting competitions, and students regularly represent the University at regional and national competitions, with notable success.