LLM International Financial Law

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

About the course

If you wish to apply for LLM International Financial Law, please apply through the LLM Masters of Law course page.

If you are planning to specialise in the financial sector, the LLM International Financial Law is the perfect course for you! Combining two compulsory modules and two optional modules, the course offers everything you need for a solid foundation on which to build your career.

The Banking Law module will give you an understanding of the role of banks in our economy, and the relevant regulatory schemes. You will also study the banker–customer relationship, the impact of new electronic payment systems, developments within money laundering regulations and the issue of bank resolution in the light of the global financial crisis.

In the International Financial Law module you will examine financial law and approaches to key aspects of it, the regulation and supervision of financial institutions, international financial architecture, the role of credit rating agencies, and the nature of key debt and financial instruments, including International Bonds and Syndicated Loan Agreements.

These two compulsory modules are assessed via written coursework, and a practical assessment – a group presentation – also forms part of the International Financial Law module. You will supplement these modules with two optional modules from the wide range that the course has to offer.

We also offer a range of other Master of Law pathways.

Why choose this course?

The global financial crisis launched domestic and international finance to the forefront of the world’s consciousness. This course offers a critical analysis of the events, and examines the response of the world’s financial markets, as well as giving you the wider skills and knowledge you will need for a specialist career in the financial and banking sector.

As you would expect from the Hertfordshire Law School, the teaching is delivered by specialists in their field, and is underpinned by cutting-edge research and regularly reviewed and updated to ensure it remains relevant and on topic. Our innovative teaching methods are specifically designed to maximise your intellectual, transferable, interpersonal and practical skills.

If you wish, you can combine a similar pathway, and graduate with a named joint pathway. In addition, you may wish to complement your degree with our co-curricular programme, which will further enhance your skills.

What will I study?

Flexible and innovative teaching methods and focus on current global financial issues and challenges make this a very exciting degree. Teaching is delivered via class seminars and supported by a wide variety of practical work, including group discussions, small-group collaborations, role plays and debates, offering you a range of practice and experience to develop your skills of negotiation, persuasion, debating, presentation, teamwork and leadership.

Written assignments require deeper independent study, to consolidate class learning and to enable you to develop the appropriate skills to formulate arguments and seek solutions to contemporary global financial issues. Group oral presentations help you develop and demonstrate teamwork, leadership, public speaking and time management skills, all necessary for any career.

Further opportunities to develop your mentoring, teamwork and leadership skills are available through our peer support and mentoring scheme.


The LLM Inernational Financial Law is the degree for you if you are planning a career in the banking and financial sector. On successful completion of your studies you will be ideally suited for work as an in-house lawyer or in consultancy, in an international organisation of any size and in any sector of industry, or for an academic or research career.

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