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Programme Details

LLM courses at SMU are taught by a team of distinguished faculty members in SMU’s characteristic seminar-style and conducted exclusively for LLM students in small-size classes. A holistic approach to assessment is adopted – this includes class participation, research papers, group presentations and the final examination (which typically accounts for no more than 50% of the overall grade). Students can expect to immerse themselves in rigorous legal research and intellectual discourse, whilst, at the same time, forge close personal relationships with their peers and instructors.


Delivered jointly by SMU and QMUL, this programme is fully integrated - meaning that you will stay connected to both universities throughout the 15-months.


This course is taught over a 15-month period from July 2018 to September 2019.

Singapore Management University (SMU) Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)

July 2018 to December 2019
(total of 6 SMU credit units or 90 QMUL credits)

July 2018 SMU Induction: Students start their dual degree in Singapore

2 x 1 SMU credit unit (22.5 QMUL credit) modules taught intensively

4 x 1 SMU credit unit (22.5 QMUL credit) modules 

January 2019 to September 2019

January 2019 QMUL Induction: Students continue their dual degree in London, UK

4 x 22.5 credit taught modules at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (total 90 credits)

1 x 45 credit dissertation module

Late April - early June 2019 Examination period for taught modules

June - September 2019 Dissertation writing-up


You will be required to attend an induction at the start of the programme in Singapore and to participate in an induction for QMUL in the UK at the start of the second part of your programme.

QMUL runs an induction period that includes an overview of the programme and module selection, dissertation and research skills. Full details of the induction programme will be made available online before you start.


All modules on this programme, apart from the dissertation module, are 1 SMU credit unit or 22.5 QMUL credits, both at SMU and QMUL. The dissertation is 45 QMUL credits.

Category Course Title
Corporate and Financial Law Financial Regulation in Singapore, Hong Kong and Greater China
Corporate Law (JD Core Module)
Law of Mergers and Acquisitions
Trusts and Wealth Management in Singapore and Hong Kong
Foreign Business and Investment Law Chinese Contract and Business Law: A Comparative Perspective
Commercial Conflict of Laws (JD Core Module)
Foreign Investment Law in Asia
International Business Law: An Asian Perspective
Technology Law and Regulations Asian and Global Trends in Information Technology Law
Beyond the Law: Regulatory Mechanisms in Cross-border Issues in the Asian Context
Commercialisation of Intellectual Property Rights
E-Commerce Law
Intellectual Property Law and Policy: International and Asian Perspectives

Note: The courses offered each year will differ, depending on the availability of course instructors. At least 1 course from each category will be offered each year.

You must select 90 QMUL credits of modules from this list and do your compulsory dissertation in the field of Commercial Law (45 QMUL credits).

Compulsory Courses Electives

Ethics in Business and Finance OR Transnational Problems in Commercial Contracts - Compulsory (22.5 QMUL credits)

Dissertation - Compulsory (45 QMUL credits)


A compulsory dissertation is required which you will complete while studying at QMUL.

You should choose three of the following to make a total of four taught modules:

Banking Law

International Finance Law Applied

Securities Regulations

Information Security and the Law

Legal Aspects of Paperless Trade

IT Transactions

Global Intellectual Property: Technology and Policy

The Law of Registered Trade Marks

International Law of Patents and Related Rights


Please note: Not all QMUL modules will be available in any one year. Any modules not available will be indicated as soon as this information is confirmed by teaching academics. At least one of the compulsory modules will be made available in any one year. 


Last updated on 08 Aug 2017 .