MA in International and Comparative Commercial Law

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA in International and Comparative Commercial Law

SOAS University of London

MA in International and Comparative Commercial Law

Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Minimum Entry Requirements: Upper second class honours preferably in a related discipline

Start of programme: September intake only

The globalisation of commerce makes it extremely useful, if not essential, for anyone wishing to practise commercial law to study it from an international and comparative perspective. The huge growth in the importance of multinational corporations, and countries such as China and the Gulf states, makes it equally useful to study such corporations and countries as well. SOAS has a unique concentration of modules in this area, taught by experts who combine experience in legal practice and consulting with an academic scholarship. Many of those modules are equally useful for people wishing to study other areas of law, such as human rights, environmental law, Chinese law and Islamic law, as their main focus.


To facilitate the study of law, all MA students are required to attend a two-week Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning and Legal Methods in the September before beginning the MA programme.

Students must take modules to a total value of 180, consisting of a dissertation (60 credits) and 120 credits of taught modules. Taught modules are worth either 15 or 30 credits.

Students who wish to graduate with a specialised MA are required to take at least 60 credits associated with his or her specialised MA, a further 30 credits within the School of Law (General Law Postgraduate Taught Module List), and a final 30 unit which can either be taken within the School of Law or from the Language Open Options or Non-Language Open Options pages with the MA Programme Convenor’s permission. The dissertation topic will be undertaken within the MA specialisation.

Specialist Module List (at least 60 credits to be taken)

  • Banking Law 15PLAC105 30 Full Year
  • Chinese commercial law 15PLAC106 30 Full Year
  • Comparative Commercial Law 15PLAC175 30 Full Year
  • Foundations of Comparative Law 15PLAH031 15 Term 1
  • International and Comparative Copyright Law: Copyright in The Global Village 15PLAC115 30 Full Year
  • International and Comparative Corporate Law 15PLAC116 30 Full Year
  • International Investment Law and Arbitration 15PLAH063 15 Term 2
  • International Commercial Arbitration 15PLAC153 30 Full Year
  • Law of Islamic Finance 15PLAC159 30 Full Year
  • Multinational Enterprises and The Law 15PLAC140 30 Full Year

General Law Postgraduate Module List

An additional 30 credits must be taken from the School of Law General Postgraduate Taught Module List or the Specialism Module List above.

Postgraduate Open Option Modules

A final 30 credits must be taken from the SOAS Open Option Module list, or from the General Law Postgraduate Module List above or from the Specialism Module List.


Dissertation (12,000 words), on a topic related to the specialism of the degree

  • MA Dissertation in Law 15PLAC999 60 Full Year
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 28, 2018
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