What will I learn?

This programme allows you to understand the complexities of international trade whilst appreciating treaty negotiations. It enriches and deepens your knowledge and employability. The School of Law is ranked 9th in the UK for Law (The Complete University Guide 2020) and this programme is the first of its kind. You can study this campus delivery or online.

Courses can include: Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship; World Trade Organisation GATT; International Intellectual Property, Frameworks and Challenges; International Commercial Arbitration; Comparative Contract Law for International Transactions; Private International Law, Jurisdiction, Recognition and Enforcement and more.

  • The Law School is ranked 9th in the UK for Law (CUG 2020).
  • 98% of students felt that their LLM had added value to their career prospects and 97% would recommend their course to others
  • The university has been teaching and researching law since 1495 with international focus since this time
  • You are taught by legal practitioners with extensive professional experience in practicing international trade law and treaty negotiation.
  • Law is ranked 9th in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2020)

Globalisation and the way in which it affects economics, trade and business plus world events which change trade and how it is conducted require special understanding and this programme brings together the range of discipline areas to grow your trade and negotiation ability.

You study the core principles of world trade organisation law, applied issues, sale of goods, finance of international sales, negotiation, professional skills and optional courses in arbitration, and investment law. You enjoy access to online resources from the Sir Duncan Rice Library and the Law library which both house excellent collections of case law and specialist publications. You learn from the online virtual learning environment and you are supported by the School of Law. Law has been taught at Aberdeen since 1495.

The School of Law offers you research from a global team of experienced professionals and academics with international portfolios. Research centres include: The Centre for Energy Law, the Centre for Private International Law, The Civil Law Centre. Groups include: Commercial Law and Intellectual Property, Criminal Law and Justice, Energy and Environmental Law, Legal History and Scots Law, Public International Law, Public Law and Legal Theory.

Staff expertise includes working at The Hague and EU, University of Heidelberg, University of Queensland and more. The School is well connected to law firms and alumni globally. There are further European industry networks, speakers from the energy industry and regulators in the city and more. The programme will allow you to become more knowledgeable in international trade law and treaty negotiation and give you additional skills when navigating ever changing global trade as a strong base to grow your career.

The University of Aberdeen and Kings College is the 5th oldest university in the UK. It was founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495. It is “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” It provides progressive, innovative research. Many of its subjects continue to progress societal, economic and new innovations to this day. Initially aligned to the university models of Paris and Bologna, this progressive vision continues to attract international research staff and international academics. The stunning contemporary blue glass Sir Duncan Rice library offers you panoramic views over the city, beach and beyond and excellent study facilities.

Which department am I in?

School of Law

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
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Start date

September 2020


University of Aberdeen

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King's College,


Aberdeen, City Of,

AB24 3FX, Scotland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Arts/Humanities/Business/Social Sciences: For entry to the Master of Arts (MA) programme, students should have a minimum of: High School GPA of 3.0 Plus one of the following standardised tests: SAT score of 1250 (post-March 2016), with 600 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, OR ACT composite score of 26, OR 1 SAT Subject Test score of 600.

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About this uni

Scottish University of the Year 2019, the university is renowned for ground-breaking research and innovation.

  • Olympic-standard Aberdeen Sports Village and Aquatic Centre
  • Excellent graduate outcomes and employment prospects
  • Offers top-ranking award-winning student clubs and societies
  • Study abroad opportunities through Erasmus