100% Online LL.M Corporate Governance |Robert Kennedy College

100% Online LL.M Corporate Governance

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At a glance

Duration: Minimum 12 months, maximum 5 years.

Delivery Method: 100% online via OnlineCampus (an interactive online learning environment) with intensive class discussion and collaboration.

The LLM Corporate Governance meets the current demand for specialist knowledge and skills in the rapidly expanding fields of international commercial law and corporate governance law. It provides students with the opportunity to explore, in-depth, the legal regulation of the world of international business and corporate governance. Academically rigorous, the LLM will expose students to a practical real-world application of the law.

This programme allows you to re-energise your career by learning a number of practical concepts that you can immediately apply to solve challenging situations. A unique aspect of the programme is the possibility to learn through applied, real case studies that will enhance your problem solving skills and therefore maximise your career potential.

The LLM is taught by an outstanding team of professional research active staff who have extensive practice and academic experience. The programme aims to enhance knowledge and critical thinking in this area.

The programme provides advanced critical analysis of the key themes and emerging challenges facing businesses, in a global context such as in international/global business environments and innovation and enterprise.

University of Cumbria

This programme is offered in exclusive partnership with the University of Cumbria.

The University of Cumbria received the University title and degree awarding powers by Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council in 2007.

The University is fully recognised by the British Government and duly listed on the United Kingdom’s Department for Education list of recognised UK awarding institutions. You can verify their official University status directly at the UK Government Website.

After successfully completing your studies online at Robert Kennedy College you will receive an Internationally recognised British degree from the University of Cumbria.

Admission Requirements

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the formal entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The formal entry requirements are:

  • An honours degree at 2:2 or above.
  • At least 2 years’ relevant work experience.
  • English language at IELTS 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in each component).

Applications are considered from candidates who do not meet the formal entry requirements but can provide evidence of equivalence.

Examples of equivalence are:

  • A wide range of professional qualifications and/or work experience.
  • Working or studying in English or an English-speaking environment.

Applications will be considered from candidates who do not meet the formal entry requirements but who can demonstrate by interview the commitment to complete the programme successfully.

Programme Outline

Tutors teaching on this programme are legal professionals with a wealth of experience in both academic theory and the practical application of those theories.

Professor David Costa, Dean of the Robert Kennedy College, who will be leading the transnational business law module, has extensive experience international law, including doctoral studies at the Law faculty of the University of Basel, Switzerland, post-graduate studies in U.S. law at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and the University of Northumbria at Newcastle Law School. Additionally, Prof. Costa is a regular guest as a market strategist on international TV networks such as CNBC and Bloomberg television.

Students in the LL.M programme will have access to state of the art legal libraries such as LexixNexis and Westlaw.


  • Advanced Legal Skills
  • International Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Transnational Business Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Individual Dissertation

Research Methods Live Class

  • One week intensive live lectures online to prepare for your final dissertation.

  • A conventional dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words, consisting of research question, aims and objectives, rationale for undertaking the study, literature review, research methodology, analysis of findings, conclusions and recommendations.

Tuition Fees

12,000 CHF (Swiss Francs). This fee includes library access, OnlineCampus access, graduation fees, and University matriculation fees. Fees are payable in interest free instalments, however, the programme is not eligible for the UK Government student finance.

Module Description

There are no average modules within our LL.M in International Business Law programme. We are committed to providing an exceptional learning experience, and there is no better way to achieve this than with outstanding modules. They have been carefully crafted by experienced professors and are all intended to make you a more successful and efficient legal professional.

There are no old-fashioned exams. Instead, you are given real-life case studies to work on and essays to write, which allow you to think critically about current legal issues that might be directly relevant to your own career. All this might seem too glossy but there is one catch: we do not accept average candidates. Only individuals as outstanding as our values are accepted for admission to Robert Kennedy College.


Not-for-credit module

A not-for-credit induction module will be the starting point of the programme. The induction process is designed to familiarise you with the programme design, requirements and resources, as well as with the way online interaction, learning and grading will take place. After the induction you should be familiar with academic life, including academic writing, library services and library access, OnlineCampus access, and academic support services.

Advanced Legal Skills LAWS7100

This module, which is compulsory for all LLM students, provides an opportunity for students to develop core skills in legal research. Expert guidance is provided in locating and using international law sources especially electronic sources. Particular attention is also paid to analysis of legal texts, reasoning skills, presenting research, both orally and in writing and appropriate referencing.

International Alternative Dispute Resolution LAWS7104

The purpose of this module is to familiarise students with a wide range of dispute resolution processes as alternatives to conventional forms of adjudication and their impact on legal system. The module will equip you with basic tools which can help you in representing your client in an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process, primarily in mediation. The module in particular aims to form ones own approach to help clients and society select and employ the most effective, just, and humane methods of dispute resolution. The module will cover a wide range of jurisdictions where ADR is possible, developing a comparative standpoint and focusing more on the broad area of commercial disputes. ADR is a truly interdisciplinary field comprising law, social science, economics, psychology and others. However, the module is primarily designed for lawyers and experts directly involved in resolution of legal disputes. ADR is also a newly emerging and vibrant area of scholarship where it is impossible to give simple “yes” or “no” answers to most questions. Therefore the module will employ critical thinking and an open discussion approach.

Transnational Business Law LAWS7123

The aim of this module is to provide students with a sound understanding of different issues in transnational business law. This survey of transnational business law will cover several topics including transnational lawyering, the international legal environment, international tax law, transnational sales, agency & distribution agreements, mergers & acquisitions and joint ventures.

Through the analysis of both the case law and sample agreements emphasis will be placed on practical issues in a range of transnational legal problems relevant to both legal practitioners and international managers.

Corporate Governance LAWS7136

This module allows students to gain a comprehensive understanding of International Corporate Governance. The topics covered range from the core OECD principles to the exploration of corporate governance in international bodies like the IMF and the World Bank and in several jurisdictions like the U.S., the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Japan. Topics include Auditing liabilities, Board oversight and liabilities, detection and prevention of management fraud.

Dissertation LAWS7122

This dissertation module aims to enable students to provide a major piece of summary evidence as to the student’s understanding of corporate governance.

It will provide an opportunity for the students to demonstrate how they can synthesise their acquired knowledge and skills into an analytical or empirical study of a legal topic relevant to their degree.