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In a global economy increasingly vulnerable to the behaviour of financial markets, strong oversight and regulation of the financial services sector is vital. Professionals operating in this high stakes field require a detailed understanding of the complex legislation, as well as the ability to step back and see the full picture to make informed decisions.

As part of Northumbria’s innovative and flexible LLM Law framework, the International Finance specialism has been designed to meet the needs of legal practitioners within this field, as well as finance professionals who may benefit from a deeper contextual understanding.

It is not necessary to have an undergraduate law qualification and there are no jurisdictional restrictions, so you will be part of a diverse and intellectually stimulating cohort. You will learn from each other’s experiences in a relaxed and collaborative environment.

Northumbria Law School is one of the largest law school in the UK, and houses academics with an international reputation for research in International Finance. You will benefit from our strong links with the North East legal community, and learn from staff who continue to undertake high profile work in legal practice.

Engaging in the LLM Law’s specialist areas of contemporary and innovative legal study, within an established postgraduate legal qualification, provides you with a remarkable opportunity to enhance your career.

In a global economy increasingly vulnerable to the behaviour of financial markets, strong oversight and regulation of the financial services sector is vital. Professionals operating in this high stakes field require a detailed understanding of the complex legislation, as well as the ability to step back and see the full picture to make informed decisions.

As part of Northumbria’s innovative and flexible LLM Law framework, the International Finance specialism has been designed to meet the needs of legal practitioners within this field, as well as finance professionals who may benefit from a deeper contextual understanding.

It is not necessary to have an undergraduate law qualification and there are no jurisdictional restrictions, so you will be part of a diverse and intellectually stimulating cohort. You will learn from each other’s experiences in a relaxed and collaborative environment.

Northumbria Law School is one of the largest law school in the UK, and houses academics with an international reputation for research in International Finance. You will benefit from our strong links with the North East legal community, and learn from staff who continue to undertake high profile work in legal practice.

Engaging in the LLM Law’s specialist areas of contemporary and innovative legal study, within an established postgraduate legal qualification, provides you with a remarkable opportunity to enhance your career.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 year Full Time

Department
Northumbria Law School

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020

Fee Information

Module Information

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You will study alongside a diverse cohort of LLM Law framework students, and have the flexibility to choose modules which inspire you and support your career aspirations. 

You will study International Finance in your first semester. This module introduces you to the law and practice of international finance and is useful for anyone who will be employed in a commercial environment. Alongside that you will study Research for Advanced Legal Studies, which will equip you with the skills you need to thrive on the course. The third module you will study is Financial Crime, a module where you will study the various international and national legal and regulatory frameworks to combat financial crime.

In the second semester you will study a specialist module on Corporate Finance. Led by an academic with an international reputation for research in International Finance, this module will analyse legal and practical issues that arise when considering the different types of structures companies use to raise capital. It will give you an understanding of the rationale behind the differing financial structures open to companies when raising finance. You will also study International Dispute Resolution and Sales and Acquisitions, both of which are crucial in deepening your understanding of International Finance. In the third semester In the third semester you will undertake a dissertation on an area of International Finance that you want to explore in detail. 

You will learn through lectures, seminars and group work, all supported by advanced TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning). You will have access to our eLearning platform Blackboard, where you can re-watch all Panopto-recorded lectures and read workshop presentation slides at your own pace. You may even be able to undertake your dissertation from home – in the UK or internationally – through the Blackboard Collaborate function. 

Your assessment throughout will be coursework-based, with no exams. 

Please note that to graduate with your specialist bracketed award you must undertake at least two taught modules within that specialism, and base your final research project on a topic in that area. It will be possible to switch specialism after the first semester if your contextual module was relevant to your new choice. If you don’t meet these conditions, you will graduate with an LLM Law. 

 

 

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The teaching staff at Northumbria Law School have a remarkable international reputation. They are carrying out cutting-edge research in established and emerging areas of law, and many are respected practitioners as well as theorists.

Lecturers on this course have expertise and experience in the areas of international treaties, corporate debt and restructuring, and sales, acquisitions and equity; knowledge that you can draw on for your LLM project.

Teaching Staff / Profile

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Northumbria Law School provides first-class teaching in a world-class environment. You will be based in our award-winning City Campus East building, which houses our mock courtroom and Student Law Office as well as an array of lecture theatres, classrooms and a dedicated postgraduate study area. 

It is also home to our specialist Law Practice Library, which contains practitioner materials as well as a wide variety of journals, databases, and law reports. The range and depth of resources reflects our position as the largest law school in the North East region.

The 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK, and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010. 

Facilities

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You will be immersed in research-rich learning from the outset of your studies. The lecturers who lead each specialism are at the forefront of research in that area, and will take every opportunity to engage you in their ongoing work.

You will also develop your own skills as a researcher, learning to critically reflect on your own and others’ work, challenge your own thinking, and justify your own work in the context of wider theories and practice.

The Legal Research Project in semester three is your opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of legal research on a topic you’re truly passionate about, guided by a tutor with relevant expertise. It may take the form of a dissertation but may equally be work-based or practical in nature, and will allow you to contribute to the creation of new knowledge within International Finance.

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You will graduate from this course with independence of thought, boundless curiosity and a talent for collaboration – traits valued by every employer. 

If you already have a qualifying UK law degree, this course will help you to enhance your CV with a specialism so that you stand out when competing for training contracts. 

If you are joining us from another legal jurisdiction you will be able to apply your specialist skills and knowledge in your home country, contributing to local priorities for growth in relevant areas. For students from countries that follow the Bologna Process and require two year of postgraduate study, it will be possible to study the LLM framework twice, choosing a different specialism each time. You will qualify for an alumni discount on the second year.

Students who have qualifications or careers in related areas will acquire valuable contextual understanding that helps them stand out among their peers. 

This course is also an excellent route to PhD study if you are seeking an academic career within the field of law.

Book an Open Day / Experience International Finance

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Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in either law, a relevant social science based discipline, or a relevant non-law degree. Relevant professional qualifications or suitable work experience will also be considered.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

Full UK Fee: £8,190

Full EU Fee: £8,190

Full International Fee: £15,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

LW7040 -

International Finance (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the policy, principles, law, regulations and practice of international finance. You will critically evaluate and analyse the theory, law and practice relating to international finance and you will be able to select and apply appropriate legal rules to provide solutions to complex legal problems. The module covers the following topics: (1) Financial Law Theory, (2) Components of Substantive Finance Law, (3) Understanding Finance Regulation Financial Crises, (4) Financial Products and Innovation Financial Practice, (5) Finance and Insolvency (6) Security (7) Questions of Jurisdiction.

More information

LW7088 -

Research for Advanced Legal Studies (Core,20 Credits)

This module offers a critical introduction to legal research methods. It is designed to ensure that you will be able to confidently embark on legal research on your Masters programme whatever your academic background or jurisdiction. Your lectures are designed to refresh and develop your understanding of legal research techniques, referencing and evaluating sources. In your workshops you will be provided with opportunities to undertake and obtain feedback upon a series of legal research and writing tasks, thus enabling you to develop critical understanding of what it meant by effective legal research, and how you yourself can become an effective legal researcher.

More information

LW7089 -

Legal Research Project (LLM Framework) (Core,60 Credits)

In this module you will draw on your skills and knowledge acquired from the taught elements of the LLM branch specialism and will develop and refine these in the context of a self-chosen area of independent specialist study. You will develop; (1) your understanding and use of legal research techniques, (2) An ability to critically analyse and evaluate legal data, (3) the ability to handle complex legal material systematically and creatively including material at the forefront of the field of study, (4) a conceptual understanding of the research topic, (5) skill at showing a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current legal issues, (6) the ability to communicate legal information, arguments and conclusions within accepted academic conventions.

More information

LW7090 -

Financial Crime (Core,20 Credits)

The module will help you develop a critical understanding of financial crimes, their typologies and the legal and regulatory framework underpinning their prevention. It will also allow you to develop a critical understanding of the ethical and practical implications for individuals, institutions and society arising from investigation, prevention and detection of financial crimes such as money laundering, terrorist finance, bribery and corruption.

In this module, you will learn:
• The definition, characteristics and effects of financial crimes such as money laundering, corruption and bribery.
• National and international legal and regulatory requirements related to the combating of financial crime.
• Role and responsibilities regulators and regulated entities.
• Schemes used to commit financial crimes.
• Issues arising from the prosecuting of financial crime

More information

LW7092 -

International Dispute Resolution (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will develop a critical understanding of the laws relating to international dispute resolution. You will examine: cover a range of key theoretical and practical concepts in international dispute resolution. You will examine the Jurisdiction of European Courts (including English Courts). The module will also examine the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgements within the European Union, Arbitration and Arbitral Awards and the Law applicable to Obligations (Contractual Obligations and Non-Contractual Obligations). This module will combine a doctrinal focus with an examination of real-world problems that require the engagement of international dispute resolution mechanisms. The awareness of such significant systems for dispute resolution will be attractive to employers and businesses who trade on a global level.

More information

LW7093 -

Corporate Finance (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed to provide you with an appreciation of the law which forms the foundation of commercial practice with particular reference to corporate finance. The specific topics that you will be taught include; (1) drafting issues in financial contracts, (2) the international dimension to commercial finance, (3) different forms of security required by lending institutions, (4) issues relating to commercial risk, conduct and regulation issues. By the end of the module you will be able to identify and critically evaluate the different types of structures companies use to raise capital and understand the rationale behind the differing financial structures open to companies when raising finance. You will gain an understanding of the rationale behind a floatation, either as an initial public offering (IPO) or as a secondary offer. The module will explore the legal and regulatory requirements of an IPO and the effect of this on the company and its directors, and to demonstrate and understand the continuing obligations of listed companies after an IPO. You will also be able to critically comment on different types of corporate borrowing and different forms of security.

More information

LW7094 -

Sales and Acquisitions (Core,20 Credits)

This module covers the issues relevant to the successful sale and purchase of businesses in the modern world and will be of interest to any students entering commercial/corporate practice or involved in the financial services industry. The module will provide you with a sound overview of the practical, legal and taxation aspects of the sale and purchase of a business of company. At the end of the module you will be able to understand the structure of a sale and purchase and the implications for all parties on the choice of structure. You will also have developed skills of analysis and be able to apply the knowledge learned in a commercial context, skills which will be valued by employers.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

LW7040 -

International Finance (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the policy, principles, law, regulations and practice of international finance. You will critically evaluate and analyse the theory, law and practice relating to international finance and you will be able to select and apply appropriate legal rules to provide solutions to complex legal problems. The module covers the following topics: (1) Financial Law Theory, (2) Components of Substantive Finance Law, (3) Understanding Finance Regulation Financial Crises, (4) Financial Products and Innovation Financial Practice, (5) Finance and Insolvency (6) Security (7) Questions of Jurisdiction.

More information

LW7088 -

Research for Advanced Legal Studies (Core,20 Credits)

This module offers a critical introduction to legal research methods. It is designed to ensure that you will be able to confidently embark on legal research on your Masters programme whatever your academic background or jurisdiction. Your lectures are designed to refresh and develop your understanding of legal research techniques, referencing and evaluating sources. In your workshops you will be provided with opportunities to undertake and obtain feedback upon a series of legal research and writing tasks, thus enabling you to develop critical understanding of what it meant by effective legal research, and how you yourself can become an effective legal researcher.

More information

LW7089 -

Legal Research Project (LLM Framework) (Core,60 Credits)

In this module you will draw on your skills and knowledge acquired from the taught elements of the LLM branch specialism and will develop and refine these in the context of a self-chosen area of independent specialist study. You will develop; (1) your understanding and use of legal research techniques, (2) An ability to critically analyse and evaluate legal data, (3) the ability to handle complex legal material systematically and creatively including material at the forefront of the field of study, (4) a conceptual understanding of the research topic, (5) skill at showing a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current legal issues, (6) the ability to communicate legal information, arguments and conclusions within accepted academic conventions.

More information

LW7090 -

Financial Crime (Core,20 Credits)

The module will help you develop a critical understanding of financial crimes, their typologies and the legal and regulatory framework underpinning their prevention. It will also allow you to develop a critical understanding of the ethical and practical implications for individuals, institutions and society arising from investigation, prevention and detection of financial crimes such as money laundering, terrorist finance, bribery and corruption.

In this module, you will learn:
• The definition, characteristics and effects of financial crimes such as money laundering, corruption and bribery.
• National and international legal and regulatory requirements related to the combating of financial crime.
• Role and responsibilities regulators and regulated entities.
• Schemes used to commit financial crimes.
• Issues arising from the prosecuting of financial crime

More information

LW7092 -

International Dispute Resolution (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will develop a critical understanding of the laws relating to international dispute resolution. You will examine: cover a range of key theoretical and practical concepts in international dispute resolution. You will examine the Jurisdiction of European Courts (including English Courts). The module will also examine the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgements within the European Union, Arbitration and Arbitral Awards and the Law applicable to Obligations (Contractual Obligations and Non-Contractual Obligations). This module will combine a doctrinal focus with an examination of real-world problems that require the engagement of international dispute resolution mechanisms. The awareness of such significant systems for dispute resolution will be attractive to employers and businesses who trade on a global level.

More information

LW7093 -

Corporate Finance (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed to provide you with an appreciation of the law which forms the foundation of commercial practice with particular reference to corporate finance. The specific topics that you will be taught include; (1) drafting issues in financial contracts, (2) the international dimension to commercial finance, (3) different forms of security required by lending institutions, (4) issues relating to commercial risk, conduct and regulation issues. By the end of the module you will be able to identify and critically evaluate the different types of structures companies use to raise capital and understand the rationale behind the differing financial structures open to companies when raising finance. You will gain an understanding of the rationale behind a floatation, either as an initial public offering (IPO) or as a secondary offer. The module will explore the legal and regulatory requirements of an IPO and the effect of this on the company and its directors, and to demonstrate and understand the continuing obligations of listed companies after an IPO. You will also be able to critically comment on different types of corporate borrowing and different forms of security.

More information

LW7094 -

Sales and Acquisitions (Core,20 Credits)

This module covers the issues relevant to the successful sale and purchase of businesses in the modern world and will be of interest to any students entering commercial/corporate practice or involved in the financial services industry. The module will provide you with a sound overview of the practical, legal and taxation aspects of the sale and purchase of a business of company. At the end of the module you will be able to understand the structure of a sale and purchase and the implications for all parties on the choice of structure. You will also have developed skills of analysis and be able to apply the knowledge learned in a commercial context, skills which will be valued by employers.

More information

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