LLM International Banking Law and Financial Regulation

LLM International Banking Law

Law and Business Combined

Course duration: 1 year full-time/2 years part-time Course starts: September/January

The LLM International Banking Law is unique; students can take advantage of the strengths of both a leading law school and a leading business school. Core and optional modules can be taken at the School of Law, the ICMA Centre and the Henley Business School providing them with an invaluable opportunity to acquire a unique legal and financial perspective of the banking sector.

BankingThe aim of the LLM International Banking Law is to train a critical pool of professionals in the key issues that the banking industry faces. The banking industry has recently gone through massive changes which have changed its structure, the way it operates and the very nature of what was thought to be a stable yet dynamic environment. The systemic nature of the banking sector gives rise to challenges that need expertise in both law and finance in order to be effectively and successfully addressed.

This LLM will enable students to identify common aspects in the dynamics and mechanisms of the banking industry and to address the new challenges that this sector faces. From a practical standpoint, this LLM programme will provide the tools to recognize the key elements to implement a successful financing technique by means of the analysis of theoretical issues and actual case studies. The LLM International Banking Law will define and analyse the core challenges and responses in key areas of international banking law. It will also identify and critically assess banking and hedge fund regulation as well as many other important issues in financial law related to risk. The corporate governance related dimension of the recent crisis along with many critical international banking law reform initiatives will also be examined as will the capital adequacy rules and Base III, and the nature, development and resolution of financial crises.

The programme is designed to be both theoretical and practical using case studies which will enable students to understand the issues that the banking sector faces and provide solutions whilst ensuring the successful and profitable operation and development of the sector.

On completion of the LLM International Banking Law, students will be expected to be able to understand the multi -disciplinary systemic nature of the sector, the challenges it faces and the means to address these challenges. The combination of legal and financial expertise that students will receive will enable them to become successful professionals in this sector.

The programme will also develop your practical transferable skills, including the ability to conduct independent research, both online and offline; time management, verbal and written communication, presenting and planning.

Programme content

The LLM programme consists of 180 credits. Within the LLM programme there are a taught element (140 credits) and a Project (40 credits).

Within the taught component, students need to take International Banking Law (LWMTBL, 20 credits), Financial Markets (ICM106, 20 credits) and Project Skills (LWMTPS, 10 credits). Students also write a Project (LWMTPR, 40 credits). Students must take all the remaining credits (90) from the lists of relevant optional modules.

Compulsory Modules

  • Financial Markets
  • International Banking Law
  • Project
  • Project Skills

Part-time/modular arrangements

The LLM can be taken part-time over two years

Entry requirements

Please see general Entry Requirements but note that applications are particularly welcome from students holding undergraduate degrees in Business, Finance and Economics as well as in Law.

January Entry

LLM students can also commence the LLM in January. Students take modules in the spring term. They write the Project over the summer (May-September) and then take further modules in the following autumn term, graduating the following January.

To apply please see the following application form.


For further information please see Postgraduate Fees and Funding at the School of Law .

Staff teaching on this LLM law course

Career prospects

While very many law graduates take professional exams in law and go on to practise law either in the UK or abroad, many others pursue alternative careers. This is particularly the case with those who have chosen to pursue a postgraduate qualification in law, as the skills gained by undertaking a postgraduate law degree are in great demand from both legal and non-legal employers. While not disqualifying students from any career open to non-specialist graduates, a postgraduate law degree will open many doors in more specialised areas of employment such as legal practice in fields related to the banking industry, European, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, academia (with further postgraduate study), the media (journalism and broadcasting), the civil service, and other branches of public service.

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'As a legal professional, there is a greater demand for us to be conversant with laws, other than our home country. Centre for Commercial Law & Financial Regulation has created a conducive environment where people from across the world discuss, argue and challenge ideas.

I am indebted with this institution for shaping me to become a more confident person in the international platform. I am now working with one of the financial institutions in London, specializing in the area of regulatory compliance. I secured my job less than a month after I finished my master's degree. Thank you UoR, this Malaysian girl is now living her dream in London.'

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