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The objectives of the Postgraduate (Level 7) Diploma in International Business Law qualification are to enable learners to gain knowledge and understanding about various branches of law, develop an analytical and critical approach to the application of UK and International legal principles and understand the appropriateness of dealing with certain aspects of behaviour within the law.

The qualification provides learners with an understanding of law in the context of business to equip them with the abilities needed to work with advanced issues.

By the end of the qualification, learners will be able to:

  • To understand a range of subjects in international business law

  • Develop an understanding for legal frameworks that govern international business transactions within industry

  • Demonstrate an understanding of commercial trust law, company law, international trade law, intellectual property law, and law of financial crimes.

  • Develop research skills and have the ability to write on key areas in law.

The OTHM Level 7 Diploma in International Business Law qualification enables learners to progress into or within employment and/or to work toward a relevant Master’s programme with advanced standing.

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree in related subject or UK level 6 diploma or an equivalent overseas qualification

  • Mature learners with management experience (learners must check with the delivery centre regarding this experience prior to registering for the programme)

  • Learner must be 21 years old or older at the beginning of the course

  • English requirements: If a learner is not from a majority English-speaking country must provide evidence of English language competency.


The Postgraduate (Level 7) diplomas on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) are at the same level as master’s degrees. However, they are shorter (120 credits) and learners will have to proceed to the dissertation stage (60 credits) with university to achieve a full masters programme.

Qualification structure

The Postgraduate (Level 7) Diploma in International Business Law qualification consists of 6 mandatory units for a combined total of 120 credits, 1200 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 600 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.

Mandatory units
  • International Trade Law (20 credits)

  • Commercial Trust Law (20 credits)

  • Industrial and Intellectual Property Law (20 credits)

  • Law and Financial Crimes (20 credits)

  • Company Law (20 credits

  • Legal Research Methods (20 credits)

Duration and delivery

The qualification is designed to be delivered over 6 months for full-time study, but it is also flexible in its delivery in order to accommodate part-time and distance learning. The qualification is delivered face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, and distance/online learning

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