Course Overview

Increasingly globalisation has led to a growing demand for commercial lawyers with an understanding of international law. This course meets this need and will help you develop an understanding of the origins of public and private international conflicts and disputes, the causes of cross-border and municipal commercial disputes, and how these can be prevented, managed and resolved.

Program Mission

LLM in the University of Bedfordshire provides you with the opportunity for an in-depth study of the procedural and substantive issues in the field. It is primarily concerned with the regulation of individual, corporate and public conduct in the context of international and commercial conflicts and disputes, including the relevance of issues such as the identification of the relevant courts and tribunals.

Admission/Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study. Standard entry students will need to have an undergraduate degree in Law. Transfer applicants will be required to go through the Recognition of Prior Learning process (RPL), whilst non-standard applicants will need to evidence their relevant work experience.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry: admissions@ivycollege.com.pk Admissions open for semesters commencing in January and September of every year. Ensure you allow adequate time for your application to go through the normal admission procedure of two weeks. Visit your nearest campus in time for securing a place in the programme.


Year 1 – Level 7

International Commercial Arbitration Compulsory International Commercial Litigation Compulsory
Investment Treaty Arbitration Compulsory Employment Law in a Global Context Compulsory
Law Dissertation Compulsory


The types of assessment which you will encounter in this course include:

  • Individual Written Report or Research Essay: these assessments will enable you to develop your knowledge, legal research and critical analysis skills. The whole process will contribute to your development when it comes to conducting postgraduate level research and developing your enterprise. You will be required to perform literature informed research, review and evaluate the relevant sources and use an appropriate methodology in order to analyse and evaluate the relevant concepts. Your close adherence to the principles of academic integrity will also be assessed.
  • Case Study: this will require you to apply your subject-specific knowledge in the context of a specific factual scenario.
  • Oral Presentation: by presenting your research and arguments in a formal setting, you will develop a number of transferable skills, including, in particular, the ability to present your ideas and findings in a professional, clear and concise manner.
  • Mooting: this will develop your legal research, writing and advocacy skill by requiring you to develop legally sound and effective legal arguments in support of your (fictional) client’s position and articulate and defend those arguments during a simulated trial/arbitration.
  • Dissertation: you will have to produce an individual, independent piece of work. You will be asked to identify the research question or problem under investigation, review the relevant literature, develop a sound methodology in order to explore the problem, proceed with the analysis, discuss your findings and make recommendations. 

Fees and Funding

The University of Bedfordshire fee will be directly payable to the university on the given deadline, which will be communicated to the student in the Acceptance Letter when the student successfully secures a place in the programme. The fee will be due annually for the duration of the degree. IVY fee will be charged on a semester-wise basis. There will be two semesters in one academic year, starting in January and September of each year. Contact the admissions team at your nearest IVY campus:

We have a limited number of scholarships that we offer to different students on the basis of the categories they fall into. Fee waivers are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please access the Scholarship Policy and Form for further details.

Career Prospects

LLM in the University of Bedfordshire adopts a practice-based, client-facing approach, underpinned by a strong grounding in the appropriate legal theory.

  • Study the critical application of legal theory to international commercial transactions, and develop contextual skills related to legal reasoning, analysis, research and independent judgement
  • Explore the application of theoretical constructs to a range of commercial scenarios, and learn to provide an effective evaluation of legal options
  • Develop the professional skills and values needed to put your knowledge into practice, and learn to think in the independent and creative way that would be expected from you as a legal professional employed by a client
  • Gain an understanding of the interaction between commercial environments and international legal frameworks
  • Benefit from learning how to discern the tensions between individuals, corporations and governments, and how the law can be used as a means of their resolution and, occasionally, their propagation.

There are a number of career options open to you. For example:

  • International Law firms
  • International Financial organisations
  • Solicitor in England and Wales
  • Barrister at Law in England and Wales
  • Paralegal
  • Management consultant
  • Non-governmental Organisations
  • Dispute Resolution organisations such as the International Chamber of Commerce (Paris), London Court of International Arbitration (London), Permanent Court of Arbitration (Netherlands)
  • Legal in-house positions in International Companies
  • Government Legal Adviser

Further Study

MPhil or PhD Legal Practice course so as to qualify as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales Bar Professional Training Course so as to qualify as a Barrister in England and Wales.

Mode of Study

The LLM in the University of Bedfordshire is taught using face-to-face learning. Students will have access to IVY resources as well as the University of Bedfordshire BREO/VLE to complete their studies/modules. Support will be provided by local and link tutors at IVY and UOB.