School of Law

Commercial Law (London/Singapore)

LLM ( 2 years Full-time )


Application deadline for January 2020: Monday 11 November 2019

The Dual LLM in Commercial Law (London and Singapore) programme aims to provide students with a unique opportunity to study commercial law in two major commercial hubs, London and Singapore. The programme is designed to give you a broad overview of Asian commercial law in Singapore and, by taking a series of specialist taught module and a dissertation in London, an in depth understanding of commercial law and its application to everyday practice.

This is a highly intensive 16-month degree programme where you will gain insight into the legal underpinnings of commerce in the West and East. On successful completion you will be awarded a Dual LLM in Commercial Law (London and Singapore) from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in the UK and Singapore Management University (SMU) in Singapore.

This programme provides:

  • Expert and in-depth understanding of the workings of commercial law and the application of the law to everyday practice. You will also gain the ability to assess critically and comment upon the current state of the law from an international and transnational perspective and conduct advanced research in this area of law.
  • A major focus on international and comparative issues, and on the importance of legal principles, rules and laws underlying business and commercial relationships. You will be equipped with a thorough understanding of key aspects of commercial law from multiple perspectives.
  • Will allow you to develop an in-depth understanding and explore transnational approaches to resolving commercial problems.
  • A fully integrated programme where you will stay connected to both universities throughout the 16 month programme. You will be given thorough inductions at each of the two stages of the programme in both universities. Lecturers from both universities will be available to you, throughout your studies, whether you are in Singapore or in London.

The programme features extracurricular activities including, networking, careers and social events. See our landing page to find out more about SMU, Singapore and the benefits of studying in dual locations.

The information given about this course is correct at the time of publishing. The university reserves the right to modify or cancel any statement and accepts no responsibility for the consequence of any such changes. Please contact QMUL directly for more information on:

Why study your LLM in Commercial Law at Queen Mary University of London and Singapore Management University?

LLM degrees from QMUL and SMU have the potential to open up global career opportunities for high-calibre studentsBoth universities are internationally recognised with a deep understanding of the global markets and their importance in legal education.
This 16-month Master of Law programme offers a greater variety and breadth of experience than a standard one year programme.

You will gain an expert understanding of different international regions' approaches to resolving commercial problems, and the ways in which these respective solutions achieve (or fail to achieve) their ends.

Facilities while studying at QMUL

You will have access to facilities and equipment at the Postgraduate Law Centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, which comprises workstations, wireless internet access, projectors and a common room. You will also have access to the Lock-keeper's Cottage Graduate Centre at the Mile End campus.

The QMUL library provides access to all the main British, European and international textbooks, law reports and periodicals and offers one of the best commercial law collections in the country. Through the University of London College network you will have access to an unrivalled range of electronic law journals and databases. In addition to the QMUL Library and the British Library, postgraduate students are able to access the one of the world's major law libraries at the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS). You will also have access to the University of London Library at Senate House.

Facilities while studying at SMU

Purpose-built over 4.5 hectares of prime Singapore land, SMU’s campus is designed, integrated and constructed in the heart of a fully developed cityscape. An underground concourse that links all of the schools provides students the convenience of moving easily between classes, rain or shine.

The seminar rooms all have access to the campus-wide wireless network and every seat is equipped with a power socket so that students can use their laptops to take notes, search for information, or do presentations without having to worry about battery life. Their tiered and U-shaped configuration is specially designed to facilitate seminar-style delivery.

Sports facilities include a rooftop swimming pool, a well-equipped gymnasium, and a multi-purpose sports hall equipped with a rock wall. The campus is also equipped with facilities to stir budding artists, including an Arts & Culture Centre, multi-purpose hall, a basement studio, and the Campus Radio Studio


This course is taught over a 16-month period from January to May

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)

  • January QMUL Induction: Students start their dual degree in London
  • 135 credits taken in London at Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), including a dissertation
  • Late April-early June Examination period for taught modules
  • April-December supervisory meetings and writing-up for dissertation, submitted in January to QMUL

Singaport Management University (SMU)

  • August SMU Induction: Students continue their dual degree in Singapore
  • August-April six taught modules being delivered in SMU (135 credits)

135 credits from QMUL and 135 credits from SMU (270 credits in total).

Induction and choosing your modules

QMUL runs an induction period that includes an overview of the programme and module selection, dissertation and research skills. Full details of the induction programme will be made available online before you start.

You will be required to attend an induction at the start of the programme in Singapore and to participate in an induction for QMUL in the UK at the start of the second part of your programme.


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. The dual degree is particularly demanding to accommodate two LLMs within a 16-month period.

When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

  • Is this degree recognised as two degrees? Yes, one from SMU and one from QMUL.
  • Will I get one single grade or two? Students will be awarded two grades, one from SMU and one from QMUL.
  • Will a visa be guaranteed for studying in QMUL and then in SMU? This cannot be guaranteed but SMU and QMUL will assist their students with providing all necessary documents to the relevant authorities. Success of visa applications will largely depend on individual circumstances.
  • How much work experience is needed? Individual cases will be reviewed accordingly.
  • Are all the fees paid at once? One instalment is to be paid to QMUL when you start your programme at QMUL, and one instalment is to be paid to SMU when you start at SMU.
  • Are fees paid in UK Sterling or Singapore Dollar? Each instalment of the fees will be paid in the currency of the respective institution.
  • Is the degree taught in English at SMU? This programme is fully taught in English throughout the 16 months in both institutions.


There are 135 credits available at both QMUL and SMU, adding up to 270 credits in total.

Modules offered at Queen Mary University of London

You must select 90 credits of modules from this list and do your compulsory dissertation in the field of Commercial Law (45 credits).

Compulsory modules

Elective modules in finance law

Elective modules in computer and communications law

Elective modules in intellectual property law

Elective modules in Regulation and Compliance

Please note that all modules mentioned above are part of the Dual LLM curriculum but they are subject to changes depending on availability.

Modules offered at Singapore Management University

Please note that all the SMU modules are compulsory; SMU will determine which 6 from the above will be offered each academic year.

    Entry requirements

    Application deadline

    The deadline for applying for the Dual LLM in Commercial Law (London and Singapore is early November.

    Students from outside the United Kingdom must give evidence of their English language ability by producing an English language test score: IELTS 7.0 (minimum Writing: 7.0 and R, L, S: 5.5).

    Other English test results may also be considered in accordance with the QMUL admissions regulations.

    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 may be considered on the basis of any professional experience that directly relates to the subject area.

    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) and Bar Finals/Legal Practice examinations, or passed the solicitors’ qualifying examination, may qualify.

    International applicants

    Applicants must meet all of the QMUL LLM entry requirements to apply for the dual degree programme. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the international students 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.

    How to apply

    All applications for the Dual LLM in Commercial Law (London and Singapore) should be made directly to Queen Mary University London.

    Applicants who satisfy QMUL's admissions criteria are shortlisted. QMUL will pass on shortlisted applications directly to SMU admissions for the next stage of the admission process.

    Applicants will then go through the Singapore Management University's admissions process. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to take a short test and attend a selection interview with a selector from SMU. The interview and test can be done face-to-face or remotely online if required.

    Please note: We will share the application details you submit to QMUL with SMU because it will be necessary for the performance of any contract between you and QMUL/SMU. Please refer to the privacy notice for applicants and for further information.

    Learning and teaching

    Where will my lectures and seminars be held?

    The programme will be held in both Singapore and the UK. You will spend July to December 2017 studying at SMU in Singapore and from January to September 2018 studying at QMUL in London. This will complete the 15-month programme across the two cities.


    While studying at QMUL in London 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).


    While based in Singapore students you will study at:

    Singapore Management University
    School of Accountancy/School of Law building
    60 Stamford Road
    Singapore 178900


    You will be assessed by formal examinations and coursework for taught modules, followed by self-directed research work for your dissertation (under supervision).


    You will complete a compulsory dissertation, which will be part of your studies at QMUL. The deadline for dissertation submission is in January when you will be at SMU for the Singapore leg of the programme.

    Independent study

    This is a very intensive programme and there is a high expectation of 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.

    Teaching staff

    QMUL academics teaching modules on the London part of the programme:

    SMU academics teaching modules on the Singapore part of the programme:


    Tuition fees for Home and EU students

    2020/21 Academic Year

    Full time £28,000
    Part-time study is not available for this course

    Tuition fees for International students

    2020/21 Academic Year

    Full time £28,000
    Part-time study is not available for this course


    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


    Giovanni Perani - Italy

    “Before starting my master at QMUL, I was working for an Italian law firm, which is specialised in litigation. However, I decided to improve my knowledge in International business law in order to be more attractive in the commercial and business market. The Dual Programme was the only one thatgave me a unique opportunity to have a double degree in less than two years while living and studying in two of the most important financial cities around the world.

    What I found really interesting in this new dual LLM is how the same programme, viewed from two different perspectives.  The differences and similarities, gives  its students a unique experience in order to approach a working world increasingly internationalism. Being a student again after practicing in the legal field is totally different experience, for the first time after my J.D. degree I understand the practicality of the subjects I’m studying. There’s  a lot a work to do, and sometimes the volume of the reading is enormous. However, it’s the only way to learn something thanks to the information you have assimilated.

    Being a postgraduate student in London is an amazing experience. You have several opportunities to meet new people with your same background, explore the city and QMUL will give you the opportunity to participate to interesting meetings. London, has something magic about it that you will never forget it. Have you ever though how a city on Mars would be like? Singapore it’s a good example! And being a postgraduate student there is an adventure. SMU is made by different buildings, it’s very futuristic place.”

    Jana Seywald - Austria

    Employed by: Austrian Government

    “Before I started the LLM programme in Singapore I was working as an associate in a law firm in Vienna. With its focus on commercial law, I decided to join this particular programme as I was always fascinated with the Asian culture and wanted to work or study there for a certain amount of time. Hence, the programme was perfect for me to explore Asia and especially its legal systems. Additionally, the programme with its courses itself sounded very interesting. I’m really happy about the high standard of teaching and the interaction with all our teachers. Every one of them gave us the feeling that we can ask any questions if we are struggling with something. The courses are well selected, and SMU as well as QMUL make sure that the students feel comfortable and help is provided if necessary. On completion of the programme my intention is to return back into my law firm in Vienna, to develop our China desk which main role is to advise Chinese and European investors on their projects in the other country. However, I might go back to Asia at some point as I really enjoyed the time there and I want to use my newly acquired knowledge.”

    Lavanya K.Y. – India

    “Before joining the Dual LLM program, I was working as an In-house lawyer in the Compliance Department of an Insurance Company in Qatar, Middle East. I am practicing since 2006 and was also associated with two of India’s top Law Firms. My area of specialisation includes Corporate law, Merger & Acquisition, Banking, Litigation, Arbitration, Compliance and Company Secretarial work.

    The current program is beyond my expectations, in terms of the quality and structure of the program, highly talented & renowned faculty, holistic method of imparting the course, high-tech campus, fully equipped library, highly supportive staff and team members, and access to the best of facilities make the entire experience amazing. Studying this program is very hectic, intense and highly challenging. But it is also worth the efforts, in terms of exposure, knowledge and opportunities. Teacher are highly talented, supportive and ready to help whenever we are in need.

    I was very nervous when I arrived in Singapore and London for the first time in my life. But due to the warm welcome and support of Queen Mary, I was comfortable and soon become a part of the team. Life in London and Singapore is like, Asia meets Europe - a complete fusion of two cultures, the curriculum is also a fusion, tailoring the transnational legal aspects of Asia and  Europe and when the entire team, including staff and students consists of this fusion element, it is truly a vibrant and exciting experience which I encourage the future students to opt for.

    I also take this opportunity to thank QMUL for the generous support and  award of the prestigious Dual LLM Scholarship.”