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Commercial Law Postgraduate Diploma/LLM

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PG Diploma 2 years, LLM 2.5 to 3 years by distance learning

Business and Law
Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

Please note: this course is currently under review and will, subject to approval, shortly be offered as a linked award to include Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma as well as LLM exit and entry points. This will allow students the flexibility to be able to enrol on and complete each stage of the programme, before choosing to move onto the next stage or exitingwith the relevant award.  Each level, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and LLM will require around 9 months study to complete.


Northumbria has an enviable reputation for its practical, innovative LLM programmes, which are accessible to a wide range of professionals.

For detailed information about the LLM in Commercial Law, including the new programme structure, click here. Read on for basic course information.


Commercial awareness is a pre-requisite for both legal practitioners and those in business. The LLM in Commercial Law is designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a range of commercial law subjects.

Students on the programme gain specialist legal knowledge within a practical context, whilst developing expertise in chosen areas and enhancing research skills.

The programme will be of interest to legal practitioners, to those in business and to people in the public sector who encounter various aspects of Commercial Law.

The programme builds upon participants’ experience - whether gained through undergraduate study, employment or legal practice - and in addition to developing existing expertise and knowledge, the programme offers a range of practical benefits including:

  • Greater awareness of legal commercial issues
  • The ability to apply specialist legal knowledge to practical problems
  • The acquisition of expertise in new specialist areas
  • The ability to critically evaluate legal issues
  • Enhanced research and presentation skills

This programme offers students a significant opportunity to tailor their studies to their particular interests and career objectives.  Students study two compulsory modules and our optional modules, followed by a research project in an area of particular interest to the student, for those who wish to obtain the LLM qualification.


The Law School is aware of a number of colleges in the UK (mainly in London) offering support programmes for students studying for our LLM Distance Learning degrees. These programmes of study have been designed as distance learning programmes with no attendance requirements therefore allowing students the opportunity to study for these awards from anywhere in the world. Increasingly, we are receiving enquiries in relation to “links” with these Colleges. The Law School does not operate any form of accreditation or validation scheme and has no collaboration, franchising, affiliation or similar type of agreement with any of these Colleges. Northumbria University is not the awarding body for any of these Colleges. If you require any clarification about this please email


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