LLM (Comparative Commercial Law)

Our LLM (Comparative Commercial Law) programme gives you the opportunity to engage in theory and practice with significant issues in law relating to commercial and financial activity. The compulsory module, for instance, focuses on legal problems of practical importance of not only common law and civil law systems, but also mixed systems such as China, Russia and Japan.

The LLM (Comparative Commercial Law) is awarded by BPP University.

Programme details

London Holborn

Start Date

September, January and May

Length of programme

One year full-time
Two years part-time

Modes of study



Memorandum of advice on a practical legal issue (30%), a written examination (70%) in each module (core and electives) and a dissertation of 10,000 words on a topic within the compulsory module

How to apply

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Key Information

  • Outstanding careers support and an opportunity to gain legal experience by working on real-life cases through our award-winning Pro Bono Centre to help you improve your employment prospects
  • Taught by international practitioners with industry experience in their chosen field
  • Funding available through Scholarships, interest-free payment plans and Future Finance student loans^
  • Acquire comparative legal skills relevant to the commercial law in practice in a number of highly relevant jurisdictions
  • Develop your knowledge and skills by choosing from at least 20 specialist electives

Extend the horizons of your career

The BPP University LLM (Comparative Commercial Law) helps you find new career horizons. Giving you knowledge and practical insight in to the operation of other legal systems and how specific issues in commercial law and practice are addressed in other key jurisdictions around the world.

The programme has been designed by leading international comparative lawyers for law graduates, practising lawyers and others involved in the administration of the law, including those who contemplate at some stage of their career working overseas. In addition to the skills and comparative knowledge that are offered in the core module, a broad choice of relevant elective modules lets you focus your career path.

How will I be taught?

To ensure you get the most from your study, modules are taught with a mix of lectures and small group seminars, supported by comprehensive online material. Our lecturers are experts in their relevant subject areas, many having international reputations and current practical experience.

You will receive excellent teaching and support, and will be encouraged to research and study independently with the support of your personal tutor, and when it comes to your dissertation a dedicated supervisor.

Comprehensive learning material can be accessed anytime, anywhere via our virtual learning environment. Most lectures are also available on MP3 and MP4 files.

How will I be assessed?

The method of assessment for each module is made through a combination of:

  • Memorandum of advice on a practical legal issue (30%)
  • Written examination (70%)

You must also submit a dissertation of 10,000 words (maximum) on Comparative Commercial Law.

Your dissertation will be supervised by an academic/practitioner from the relevant area of law. You will receive feedback and support throughout the LLM Comparative Law programme.

How the programme is structured

You can study one-year, full-time, or two-years, part-time, with the option of three starting dates in September, January and May. See the 'Modules' tab for more of how you can structure your programme.


In addition to the compulsory module and a 10,000-word dissertation, students are required to select three electives from the optional modules listed.


  • 10,000-word dissertation (60 credits)
  • Comparative Commercial Law (30 credits)


  • Advanced Corporate Law (30 credits)
  • Business Organisations’ Law (30 credits)
  • Business Tax Law (30 credits)
  • Chinese Business Law (30 credits)
  • Chinese Finance and Investment Law (30 credits)
  • Chinese Public Law and Human Rights (30 credits)
  • Commercial Law (30 credits)
  • Corporate Finance Law (30 credits)
  • Corporate Securities Law (30 credits)
  • Financial Regulation and Compliance (30 credits)
  • Fraud and Financial Crime (30 credits)
  • International and Comparative Tax Law (30 credits)
  • International Business Law (30 credits)
  • Islamic Business Law (30 credits)
  • Islamic Finance Law (30 credits)
  • The Law relating to Financial Transactions (30 credits)
  • Transnational Criminal Justice Law (30 credits)
  • UK and International Banking Law (30 credits)
  • The Law of Investigations (30 credits)

Entry requirements

To apply for the BPP University LLM you must meet the following minimum admissions requirements:

  • Law degree (minimum lower second class honours); OR
  • Degree in law and another subject (minimum lower second class honours) ; OR
  • Non-law degree (minimum lower second class honours) and a pass in the GDL or CPE; OR
  • Non-law degree (minimum lower second class honours) and appropriate/relevant professional experience
  • Non-graduates with appropriate professional experience will also be considered


English language

Our International Office can assess your certificates and advise if you meet the entry requirements. You can also visit our website for a list of entry requirements from your country. If you do not think you meet the entry requirements, but have other qualifications or work experience, please contact us.

  • IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent educational background

Study locations

The BPP University LLM (Comparative Commercial Law) is taught in London – a global financial centre and hub of international trade.

This LLM is available at the London Holborn centre starting in January and September.

Paying for your programme

January 2017

The part-time programme fee is £11,500.
The full programme fee is £11,500.

A deposit of £250 will need to be paid within 48 hours of accepting your offer, in order to secure your place.

May 2017

The part-time programme fee is £11,500.
The full programme fee is £11,500.

A deposit of £250 will need to be paid within 48 hours of accepting your offer, in order to secure your place.

September 2017

The part-time programme fee is £11,500.
The full programme fee is £11,500.

A deposit of £250 will need to be paid within 48 hours of accepting your offer, in order to secure your place.

Additional charges

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

Resit fees for assessments £75
Resit fees to repeat a 15 credit module £400
Resit fees to repeat a 20 credit module £530
Resit fees to repeat a 30 credit module £800


BPP University welcomes and supports applications for student scholarships. We offer a number of scholarships and discretionary awards for our law programmes.

You can also contact the Student Finance Office for more information:

BPP University
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Tel: 03331 229 170
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7404 1389
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Postgraduate Loans

Postgraduate Loans will be available for eligible Master's courses commencing from September 2016 (subject to eligibility). You can apply for a loan of up to £10,000, towards your course and living costs.

Applications are due to open late June 2016 and the quickest way to apply will be online at www.gov.uk/postgraduateloan.

Further information on the Postgraduate Loans, Eligibility and Repayment can be found here: http://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/media/6854/sfe_pgl_qg_1617_d.pdf

Or for more information, please contact our Student Finance Office:
Tel: 03331 224 359
Fax: 020 7404 1389
Email: studentfinance@bpp.com

Scholarships for international students

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