LLM in International Financial Law


Program Description

The global financial crisis has had a major impact on the way the financial system works. There is an increasing demand for professionals with expertise in international financial law.

Sussex Law School provides an international, stimulating learning environment for you to build on your knowledge. You’ll learn from today’s leading lawyers – our world-leading research underpins our teaching.

Our courses have skills training at their core and you'll be able to approach legal problem logically. And you’ll look at different perspectives and have the opportunity to widen your professional network. You’ll:

  • gain a thorough insight into issues affecting major transactions in global financial markets
  • develop a comprehensive understanding of the financial services industry
  • engage with domestic and international developments from practical, regulatory and policy perspectives on financial law.

We’ll prepare you for your future career. Brighton hosts the headquarters of major international financial corporations and only an hour from London, Europe’s financial capital. This gives you direct access to prospective employers.

Entry Requirements

UK requirements

Degree Requirements: You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification should normally be in law or a relevant subject such as economics, finance, international relations, political science, history, criminology, criminal justice or sociology. You may still be considered if you have a qualification in a different subject area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

IELTS (Academic): Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply: You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system.

Personal Statement: Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application.

Application deadlines

  • 1 August 2020 (international)
  • 1 September 2020 (UK/EU)

Course Details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and personal life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at lps@sussex.ac.uk


These modules are running in the academic year 2020/21. However, there may be changes to these modules due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

  • LLM Dissertation
  • Advanced Legal Research and Writing
  • International Financial Law Regulation and Governance


Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate Finance
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Financial Crises and Bank Regulation
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Institutions in the Global Financial Market
  • International and Comparative Company Law
  • International Business and Human Rights
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Investment Law
  • Multinational Financial Management
  • Research Methods for Banking and Finance
  • The Law and Behaviour of Business Organisations
  • The Law of Financial Derivatives and Structured Products
  • Transnational Corporate Finance Law

How much does it cost?


  • UK/EU students: £9,250 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £18,500 per year

Additional costs

Please note, all costs are best estimates based on current market values. Costs are paid at the start of your course unless specified otherwise. We review estimates every year and they may vary with inflation.

International Financial Law texts

The optional but recommended texts for this course cost around £20.

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £11,222 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2020. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.


This course gives you a solid formation in the field of international financial law and practice. You will be prepared to start/continue a successful career in areas such as:

  • legal practice in major law firms
  • consultancy and legal advice in multinational corporations
  • financial supervision agencies
  • international organisations.

You will also have the knowledge to go on to PhD study and then an academic career.

Graduate destinations

Recent Sussex Law School graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • due diligence officer, BNP Paribas (Oslo)
  • customer due diligence executive, KPMG (Foshan)
  • section chief, Financial Services Agency of Japan (Tokyo)

(Sussex Law School careers database)

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