School of Law

International Economic Law

LLM ( 1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time )


Deadline for applications

Deadlines for Home/EU and International Applicants are available on the Taught Postgraduate application deadline page.

In just one generation, the world has witnessed a dramatic increase in the economic interdependence of countries and shifts in global economic power. This reshaped global economic map has many drivers, including key international institutions and accords that seek to promote enhanced competitiveness, trade and foreign direct investment globally.

The LLM in International Economic Law aims to provide students with both a theoretical understanding and the practical legal skills set for analysing the roles that institutions play in regulating crucial international economic relations and their specific rules that often become the agreed framework for national regulation across economic sectors.

This programme will enable you to explore the significant policy issues that arise in the development and implementation of these international economic legal frameworks.

You will be able to choose from a comprehensive range of modules that focus on these international economic regulatory frameworks as they impact diverse economic sectors, including finance, trade, investment, innovation and knowledge.

Your fellow students will come from the UK and more than 80 other countries, each able to draw on prior academic and, in many cases, professional experience from different jurisdictions to enrich discussion and debate in class.

You will have the opportunity to critically explore pressing development, environmental and financial stability concerns arising from the globalisation of the world economy in a genuinely international atmosphere.

The knowledge and skills gained on this course are suitable for careers in government, international organizations, law firms and NGOs concerned with international development, trade, investment and finance.


The Centre for Commercial Law Studies is offering two partial scholarships to those with an offer to study on the LLM International Economic Law programme.


Students on the LLM in International Economic Law programme will have the opportunity to apply for a number of internships.

Highlights in 2014-15 included two positions unique to Queen Mary students specialising in International Economic law: a three month internship with The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and an internship funded by CCLS at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in the Office of the General Counsel working with the Legal Transition and Knowledge Management Team.

Get a two-year LLM in Sustainable Development in just one year

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has concluded a Memorandum of Agreement with Universita Degli Studi di Milano (UNIMI) whereby suitably qualified students that have completed an LLM in International Economic Law at QMUL may apply to study an LLM in Sustainable Development at UNIMI. This is a two-year LLM worth 120 ECTS. Find out more.

Why study your LLM in International Economic Law at Queen Mary?

The School of Law has consistently been ranked in the top 10 law schools in the UK for the quality of our research and teaching, and many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.

The Postgraduate Law Centre is based in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, the legal district of London, close to law firms, chambers and the Royal Courts of Justice.

  • There is a very high rate of employment of our students within six months of graduation.
  • We have dedicated law careers advisers who organise events and internship opportunities with top UK and international law firms.
  • Many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry, regulatory authorities and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.
  • We offer a Critical Thinking and Writing in Law programme designed to improve your writing and research in law skills.
  • You will be able to take part in networking and social events run by the Queen Mary Postgraduate Law Society and upon graduating join our extensive alumni network.


You will have access to facilities and equipment at the Postgraduate School of Law Centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields, which comprises workstations, wireless internet access, projectors and a common room. The Graduate Centre at Mile End campus will also provide work areas and social spaces tailored specifically to the needs and working patterns of postgraduate students.

As well as housing the Law Library and a European Documentation Centre, the Queen Mary Library at Mile End provides access to all the main British, European and international textbooks, law reports and periodicals and also offers one of the best commercial law collections in the country. Through the University of London College network, students have access to an unrivalled range of electronic law journals and databases.

In addition, Queen Mary provides free access to extensive online databases and collections including:

  • Lexis
  • Nexis
  • Westlaw
  • Justis
  • Eur-lex
  • Hein-Online
  • Business Source Complete
  • Index to Legal Periodicals
  • International Court of Justice Reports
  • Kluwer Arbitration
  • Oxford Scholarship Online (Law)
  • Reports of Patent, Design and Trademark Cases
  • UK Statute law database
  • United Nations Treaty Collection

In addition to the Queen Mary Library and the British Library, postgraduate students are able to access the well-stocked law library at the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS). The Institute, located at Russell Square, a few minutes’ walk from Lincoln’s Inn Fields, is one of the major law libraries worldwide. You will also have access to the University of London Library at Senate House.


The LLM is available to study full-time for one year or part-time for two years.

For this specialism you will take 150 credits worth of taught modules which may be assessed by essays or examinations (see module overviews for full assessment details and dates) and thereafter you work on a 10,000 word dissertation worth 30 credits (submitted mid August). You are required to balance your taught modules across the two teaching semesters – a full explanation of this process will be available during induction and before module selection.

The range of modules that you are required to choose from differs from programme to programme. If you wish to take an unrestricted range of modules and any approved dissertation topic you should apply for the Master of Laws.

Induction and choosing your modules

We run a comprehensive two-week induction period that includes an overview of the programme and advice on module selection as well as a range of other vital information sessions. You do not have to select your modules until you have had the opportunity to listen and learn about them in greater detail during induction. More detail of the induction programme will be made available online by early September each year.

LLM Year Planner

The LLM Year Planner gives you an idea of the structure of the programme and key periods for assessment and exams.


Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly.


The part-time LLM is essentially aimed at legal practitioners working full-time in the UK. You will attend the same modules and follow the same teaching timetable as full-time students.

The part-time programme is, however, spread over two academic years.

In year one, you will normally complete around 90 credits of taught modules. In year two, you will normally take a further 60 credits of taught modules and submit the compulsory 10,000 word dissertation (30 credits). This can be changed if necessary, as the dissertation can be done in either year. However we would always advise part-time students to take around 90 credits of taught modules in their first year if they are timetabled in a convenient slot.

Although not recommended, it is possible for part-time students, who are having difficulties in finding taught modules that fit in with their work timetable, to submit two dissertations – one per year. This would then enable you to take fewer credits of taught modules each year.

Part-time students may also wish to consider the LLM Flexible Study programme.

For more information:

Visit the School of Law website.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

If you can't find the information you are looking for on these pages, take a look at our LLM Frequently Asked Questions.


Note: Not all of the modules listed will be available in any one year and semesters listed can be subject to change. Any modules not available in the forthcoming academic session will be marked as soon as this information is confirmed by teaching academics.Certain combinations of modules may be restricted or required. These are also subject to change but will be confirmed prior to module selection.

    Entry requirements

    Law graduates

    The usual qualification for entry to the LLM programme is a degree in law, or a degree with a substantial law content, of at least 2.1 honours (or equivalent). Law graduates with 2.2 honours who also have other legal qualifications and/or substantial professional legal experience may also qualify.

    Non-law graduates

    Non-law graduates with a minimum second class honours degree, that have also obtained a Merit (or 60 per cent) in the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) recognised by the UK professional bodies, may also qualify. Non-law graduates may also be considered on the basis of exceptional professional experience (of at least five years) in a legal area or an area directly related to their programme of study.

    In all cases, a full online application is required in order for a fair assessment and decision to be made. Each application is considered on its merits and on sight of full application documents.

    A full and detailed CV is required for all applications and is particularly relevant where professional experience needs to be considered.

    International applicants:

    Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details of the English language entry requirements for postgraduate law programmes.

    If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information you require, please contact the Admissions Office.

    How to apply - one LLM programme only

    You may only apply for one of the School of Law’s LLM London programmes at a time. This restriction does not include the LLM Law and Economics programme or the LLM in Paris programme,  which you may still apply for. You are permitted to apply for a maximum of two Queen Mary taught postgraduate programmes, so you may still apply for a further non-LLM London programme should you wish.

    If you apply for one of the LLM London programmes, then later decide you would prefer to attend a different LLM specialism, please contact the Admissions Office Law Team at - prior to enrolment - to request a manual change of LLM programme. Do not submit a new application.

    Learning and teaching

    As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations and group exercises as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You will have a team of advisers to support you, including the LLM and Research Directors, your dissertation supervisor and tutors and your module convenors.

    Where will my lectures and seminars be held?

    Teaching is based at the School of Law's postgraduate centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields (nearest Underground station: Holborn). Depending on the courses you take, you may also have classes at the Mile End Campus (nearest Underground stations: Mile End and Stepney Green) or the University of London's Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (nearest Underground stations: Russell Square, Euston and Euston Square) or Charterhouse Square (nearest underground station: Barbican).

    Click here to view or download the draft timetable for 2019/2020.

    Independent Study:

    For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

    The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

    Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


    You will be assessed by a mixture of formal examinations and coursework in your taught modules, followed by more self-directed work on your 10,000-word dissertation.


    You will also complete a dissertation of 10,000-words.

    Teachers contributing to this programme include:

    Guest speakers that regularly contribute to this programme include:

    • Lee C Buchheit, Partner Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
    • Enrico Canzio, Chief Counsel, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
    • Gian Piero Cigna, Senior Counsel, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
    • Sean Hagan, General Counsel, IMF
    • Michel Nussbambuer, Chief Counsel, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
    • Stephen Petri, Deputy General Counsel, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
    • Gerard Sanders, General Counsel, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
    • Matthew Weiniger QC, Parter, Linklaters
    • Claus Zimmermann, Associate, Sidley.


    Tuition fees for Home and EU students

    2020/21 Academic Year

    Full time £15,950
    Part time £8,000

    Tuition fees for International students

    2020/21 Academic Year

    Full time £23,950
    Part time £12,000

    Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.

    This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.


    There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

    These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

    School of Law scholarships

    The School of Law offers a range of scholarships for Law Masters programmes each year. Full details are made available on the law funding page from October – November each year.

    Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

    We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

    Read more about funding a masters

    Alternative sources of funding

    Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

    Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country.

    Detailed information about postgraduate funding options is available in our Postgraduate Funding Guide.

    Read more about funding a masters.

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

    Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

    We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

    Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717


    Anthony Walter Honorowski Jr., USA

    As an Economist, I choose the LLM in International Economic Law because I wanted to expand my knowledge beyond my statistical understanding of Macroeconomics, to one which encompassed both the laws and institutions which influence it. Completing this master has certainly helped me accomplish this, as well as also influencing me to divert from a career as an economist, to pursue a career in international law.

    This program has some of the best professors I have had the privilege to study under. They are extremely knowledgeable of their subject areas and are always more then willing to assist students with any questions they may have. Furthermore, the program regularly invites industry leaders from top firms, as well as experts from institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund to contribute to lectures.

    While at Queen Mary I made many international friends. During the second semester, led by our Student Representative, we were all able to plan out, and take a class trip to Geneva, Switzerland. While in Geneva, we all received hands on experience from many of the institutions we had studied in class, such as the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. This was truly a great experience and has immensely influenced my future career.

    Gemma Fearnley, Scotland

    I qualified as a corporate lawyer in Scotland, but had felt the pull towards international trade law for a long time. I finally decided to take the plunge in 2017, choosing to study the LLM in International Economic Law at CCLS. Post-degree, I hope to transition to a career in international trade.

    My colleagues on the LLM were a mix of professionals and academics, all at different stages of their careers. This diversity meant that there was always lots of discussion during class, which was great fun. All discussions were ably guided by my lecturers, who are all, crucially, highly respected experts in their fields.

    The LLM’s flexibility is a major strength: students can choose from an array of courses so really do have the ability to shape their own learning. Personally, I found great value in being able to study a broad range of modules: it stands me in good stead as a professional, as it means that I have a solid grasp of the links between various legal disciplines.

    The range of extra-curricular activities on offer at CCLS is second to none. I took part in Queen Mary’s ‘Qlegal’ programme (providing voluntary legal advice, support and mentoring), but I was also the LLM’s student representative. As the representative, I was responsible for arranging a trip to Geneva. We visited a range of organisations, including the WTO, and received presentations on a number of IEL-related topics; it was an incredibly worthwhile experience. Seminars and networking events are also held throughout the year at CCLS and elsewhere.  For example, I had the opportunity to attend an international conference on development finance at Oxford University, which was an excellent opportunity to build my professional network.

    To conclude, the LLM was a fantastic experience and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in postgraduate legal studies.

    Ronald Chari, Intern at International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD)

    "I studied for the LLM in International Economic Law programme at QMUL and graduated with distinction. In addition to the compulsory economics modules, I specialised in Regulation of Financial Markets, Law of Finance and Foreign Investment in Emerging Economies and Legal Aspects of International Finance. After leaving QMUL I undertook an internship programme organised by the CCLS careers office at the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), a Rome based International financial institution that finances agriculture development in developing countries.

    At IFAD I worked in the office of the General Counsel. My main duties were drafting of financing agreements (for loans and grants), carrying out due diligence, providing legal opinions on IFAD projects and operations, providing support to the Fund replenishment process and providing research support to the office of the General Counsel.

    The IFAD internship was my first opportunity in an International Financial Institution and I learnt a lot during there. It has opened other doors for me. After I left IFAD I joined the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) at the African Development Bank, another International Financial Institution, where I am currently working. Most of the skills that I gained during the internship have been very useful for my current job. I am very grateful to IFAD and CCLS for the opportunity."

    Yu Arai, Japan

    As a Japanese government official, I had been engaged in negotiations, implementation and enforcement of multilateral and bilateral trade agreements. Also, I was once involved in promoting international economic cooperation through enhancing infrastructure investments in emerging and developing countries. While having addressed these issues, I strengthened my hope to deepen my knowledge and understanding on international rules on trade and investments as well as to gain new insights for economic policies, including international development. I found that LLM International Economic Law course at Queen Mary University of London was the best choice for me for three reasons. Firstly, the course offers wide range of modules to satisfy various demands by students, which is far beyond equivalent courses in other universities. Thanks to this wide variety in module selection, I could choose modules which met my particular interests. Secondly, it is designed to allow students to learn the relationship between laws and public policies, in addition to legal theory or interpretation of laws. Thirdly, the school emphasises the importance of legal practices, as the fact that some modules invite various practitioners as guest lecturers demonstrates. I am fully satisfied with the course including supportive lecturers, and would like to utilise knowledge and experience I gained at QMUL to develop my carrier as a policy-maker.