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International Commercial and Business Law with Professional Placement

Course overview

(LLM) Master of Laws
International Commercial and Business Law with Professional Placement
University of Essex
University of Essex
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
A 2:2. Degree in Law or a joint honours Degree with Law. Applicants who do not hold a Law Degree but who have additional relevant professional experience and/or traineeships or professional qualifications/certifications issued by professional bodies such as Bar Associations can apply and will be considered.
IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5 except for 6.0 in writing

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.

External Examiners

Dr Ebenezer Adodo
The University of Leicester
Associate Professor of Commercial Law

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Exit Award Status
Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits PG Diploma PG Certificate
01 LW663-7-AU Contemporary Issues in Commercial and Business Law Compulsory 15 Compulsory Compulsory
02 Law option(s) from list Optional 30 Optional Optional
03 Law option(s) from list Optional 30 Optional Optional
04 Law option(s) from list Optional 45 Optional Optional
05 LW762-7-AU Foundation Essay: International Commercial and Business Law Compulsory 0 Compulsory Compulsory

Year 2 - 2020/21

Exit Award Status
Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits PG Diploma PG Certificate
01 LW760-7-FY Dissertation: LLM International Commercial and Business Law Core 60 Optional
02 LW811-7-FY Industry Placement Core 120 Optional

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

To develop and acquire the productive and receptive language and study skills needed for successful participation at graduate level in a British university.

These include both linguistic and communicative competence skills; academic writing; reading efficiency; summarising, paraphrasing, quoting and referencing skills; avoiding plagiarism; the ability to work independently.

To develop an understanding of critical thinking, including how to construct coherent arguments and enhance reflexivity skills.

To provide students with a rigorous academic training in the discipline of Law.

To allow students to develop a critical awareness of the nature of Law within its social, political and economic contexts and enable students to develop an approach to the discipline so that they are able to see each subject area as part of an integrated whole.

To inculcate in students an awareness of the place of the Law of England and Wales in its European and international frameworks and to introduce the students to some of the essential issues of legal study.

To foster the ability in students to construct a logical argument and to communicate that argument clearly, and to consider, evaluate and respond to alternative and possibly conflicting points of view.

To provide students with the opportunity to work independently and in teams.

To acquire the knowledge and transferable skills (i.e. critical, analytical, research, problem-solving and study skills; argument and communication) that will not only stand students in good stead for more specialised academic careers, but will also enhance their opportunities for employment in a wide range of other careers.

To develop in students the research skills appropriate to the study of law, and to provide the basis for them to develop the necessary levels of skill and knowledge.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

Learning Methods: Lectures and classes

Directed reading

Individual and group tasks

Modules are taught through lectures, classes, laboratory classes, seminar discussions, tutorials and student presentations, with both peer and tutor feedback.

Where feasible, input in the EAP modules will be based on material provided by language and content module lecturers, and some classes may be team-taught.

Knowledge of A1-A6 is acquired through lectures, classes, independent reading and coursework.
Assessment Methods: Unseen written examinations

Assessed essays

Class tests

Class assignments and presentations
Assessment tests both basic understanding of concepts and issues and a range of approaches and interpretations.

A1-A3 outcomes are assessed via an extended project in IA933.

This is designed to examine students ability to produce an extended piece of writing which demonstrates the ability to present a coherent argument based on a range of sources drawn from key texts in the target academic discipline.

A4-A6 are assessed by a combination of unseen examinations, coursework and a portfolio of work.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

Learning Methods: Intellectual and cognitive skills B1-B6 are practised in discussion and presentations, as well as through assessed written work.

Students are given advice in tutorials on research skills and have the opportunity to analyse model assignments.

The ability to develop a coherent argument, supported by evidence, is practised in group discussion and is also a requirement of all assessed written work.

All of these skills are taught and reinforced continually by a variety of methods - classes involving pair and group work, individual tutorials, taped lectures and student-led workshops.

Input ranges from print to audio and video materials.

Students also use interactive web-based teaching materials.

Oral presentations are video-recorded and students are given group and individual feedback, from peers and tutors.

B4-B6 are addressed explicitly in classes and included in oral or written feedback.

All skills are introduced and developed through lectures, in-class discussions, essays, and other written and oral assignments.

The teaching environment of seminars, which emphasises student-focused discussion, enables students to develop all skills through discussion and practice, and to receive feedback from peers and tutors.

Essays prepare students for exams.

As the summative assessment for any given module, the exam tests their ability both to demonstrate and to sustain their skills in controlled conditions.

Skills B7-B14 are obtained and developed through tutorials and large group interactive classes where there is an emphasis on group discussion and analysis of case material and problems (hypothetical and actual).

B11 and B12 are also enabled through lectures.

All skills are complemented by class-independent reading undertaken by students in the light of guidance by lecturers and tutors.
Intellectual and cognitive skills are also acquired through written and oral feedback on coursework.

In addition, learning is enhanced by formative assessment of skills B7, B9, B13 and B14 in tutorials and large group interactive classes.
Assessment Methods: B1-B3 students are assessed by two end-of-module class tests on knowledge of grammatical structures, listening and note-taking, and there is also an integrated English for Academic Purposes skills class test covering reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing and academic conventions.

B1-B6 outcomes are assessed via an extended project in IA933.

This is designed to examine students ability to produce an extended piece of writing which demonstrates the ability to present a coherent argument based on a range of sources drawn from key texts in the target academic discipline.

B7-B14 are assessed by means of unseen examination, coursework and portfolio of work.

C: Practical skills

Learning Methods: C1 IA 931-933: students practise these skills using audio and video materials.

They are also expected to make notes during classmates presentations.

They are then required to write up a selection of these notes at a later date, to check their accuracy and effectiveness.

The teaching materials and methodology place great emphasis on pair and group work and student participation - this is explicitly addressed in tutors reports and students are encouraged to discuss these reports in tutorials.

C2-C3 IA932, IA934: students select texts from a variety of sources for class discussion - these texts are then read for content and also evaluated for the quality and reliability of the evidence they contain and the structure of their argument.

There is also some analysis of the varying requirements of specific academic genres.

C4 IA933: preparation for project work in plenary sessions and in 1:1 tutorials and feedback on process, editing and drafting.

All of these skills are also practised both directly and indirectly in the LW modules.

C5 Developed through preparation for tutorials, coursework and examinations.

C5 and C6 Facilitated through the provision of LEXIS training.

C6 and C7 Developed through tutorials by way of the medium of problem solving and group discussion.
Assessment Methods: Assessment of IA modules is based on a mixture of oral and written assignments which test students ability to implement these skills effectively.

Skills C5-C7 are formatively assessed in tutorials and large group interactive classes, which assessment reinforces their learning by students.

Skills C5-C7 are assessed through coursework.

In addition to traditional research methods, students are expected to use the internet when researching their coursework in order to find primary and secondary sources, either in on-line or paper format.

Skill C6 is also obtained through unseen examinations.

D: Key skills

Learning Methods:
Assessment Methods:


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