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LLM International Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation

LLM International Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation

Course Code: P-M221

Start Date:
30 September 2024

Entry Requirements:
2:i UG degree or equivalent

1 year (Full-time)

Master of Laws (LLM)

On our LLM in International Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation (ICGFR), you will undertake in-depth comparative and contextual study of the regulation and governance of companies. You will look at the various ways in which different jurisdictions respond to similar economic and social pressures, examining key topics in the post financial crisis era, and develop an understanding of the interaction between the process of globalisation and general principles and theories of corporate governance and financial regulation.

What makes our LLM special?

  • It has been designed by widely recognised subject experts, who have also provided training for the staff of the Bank of England
  • It is an opportunity to study corporate governance and financial regulation together and to understand the deep interconnections between these two areas of knowledge
  • Classes are relatively small allowing for intense discussion and plenty of opportunity for feedback by academics
  • The expertise of top legal practitioners is drawn upon in curriculum design and delivery

Image of Alumna Iulia Nicolescu

If you are looking for a rigorous and contextually rich programme, I whole-heartedly recommend the LLM at Warwick. The bonds you will form and the modules you will choose to study will give you the strong foundation you will need for your future career.

Iulia Nicolescu, Senior Associate at Financial Conduct Authority (ICGFR LLM, 2015-16)

You will you study the main topics in corporate governance and financial law and regulation, including compliance dimensions but you will also learn to appreciate the economic and social context in which corporate decisions are made, as well as the historical and theoretical dimensions of corporate governance and financial regulation.

This LLM is suitable for financial analysts, government financial and competition regulators, compliance officers, company secretaries, and specialised legal practitioners.

You will take our core study modules to give you a firm grounding in the subject as well as legal research and writing skills, along with with two optional modules in term one and three optional modules in term two. You will undertake a dissertation in term three.

Core Modules

  • LA9A3 - International Corporate Governance & Financial Regulation: This module aims to provide students with a conceptual framework to understand and analyse the problems addressed by corporate governance and financial regulation. Whilst the globalisation of institutional investment is to some extent leading to convergence of corporate governance, important national differences remain, both as a matter of law and as a matter of practice. Financial regulation seeks to address the risks and potential social costs arising from the operations of banks and other financial institutions. Throughout the module, we will address the normative question of what the corporate governance and financial regulation regimes should look like and why. Overall, the module provides students with the essential foundations of knowledge to enable them to make the most out of their optional modules and dissertation.
  • LA984 - Legal Research and Writing Skills: The aim of this module is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and confidence required to develop critical reading, writing and research skills in preparation for undertaking independent research and writing up academic work. It brings together experts from the Law School, Library and Student Careers and Skills.

Optional Modules

There are a range of optional modules available. See which modules are currently running in the Law School.

The modules due to run next year may vary from the list above, depending on staff availability, research priorities, and student uptake. While we do our best to run as wide a variety of subjects as possible, it is not always possible to offer every module.

With permission, it is possible to take up to two modules external to your programme, as optional choices.


You will take a selection of modules totalling 120 CATS followed by a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 CATS. All assessed modules are worth 20 CATS and run for one term. Modules will be taken during terms one and two, leaving you term three and the summer to complete your dissertation. You will also be required to attend a research and writing skills module for two terms. If you choose to study part-time, this will be split over two years of study.

You will be taught by academics who are recognised subject experts with UK and international experience. As well as teaching, most are involved in producing world leading research, often providing expert advice to outside bodies.

How the programme will be taught will depend on the modules you opt to take, but you can expect a mixture of lectures, seminars and group work.

Contact Hours

You will typically have up to 12 hours of contact time per week on the full-time programme, depending on your LLM programme and modules selected, but will be expected to do additional research and reading outside of the classroom.

Class Sizes

This will depend on the popularity of the modules you select but class sizes can range from between 10 and 40 students per module.


The course incorporates a wide and varying range of assessment methods, which may include essays, examinations, portfolios, presentations and the dissertation.

We regard feedback as a vital part of the assessment process. We seek to help you reach your full potential by identifying the strengths and weaknesses of your work and the actions needed to develop your understanding. You will be given feedback after your assessments each term.


With help and support from our world-class academic staff, you will write a 10,000 word dissertation on a suitable topic in your third term. We will help guide you in choosing a topic and title, and train you in how to research and how to structure your dissertation, setting you in excellent stead if you should choose to continue your studies with a PhD.

Teaching and assessment methods may be subject to change. If you have concerns about changes to teaching and assessment formats before applying or taking up your offer to study with us, please contact us via email.

What sort of careers can I go on to?

Studying at postgraduate level can provide a platform to a wide range of career opportunities. It enables students to differentiate themselves for opportunities where a postgraduate qualification is a requirement or desirable. We have recently had graduates go on to successful careers as:

  • Trainees at the European Central Bank
  • Compliance officers
  • Company Secretaries
  • In-house legal counsels
  • Barristers (corporate litigation)
  • Financial analysts

Skills from this degree

  • Comparative and contextual knowledge of company law, corporate governance and financial regulation
  • Understanding of the global development of general principles of corporate governance and financial regulation
  • Appreciation of the theoretical and historical background to current developments in corporate governance and financial regulation
  • Transferable skills for compliance officers, company Secretaries, corporate and financial lawyers, in-house legal counsels, financial analysts, and those seeking a career in regulatory bodies

Course Information:

Director of LLM in International Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation - Dr Velimir Zivkovic

Velimir's work focuses on the interplay of international investment law and other areas of international and national law, as well as rule of law issues affecting these areas. He explores these topics by considering both the more traditional, doctrinal insights and critical legal studies. Find out more about Velimir.