The National University of Singapore (NUS) Specialised Master of Laws (LLM) in International Business Law is offered by the NUS Faculty of Law.

The programme was jointly launched in July 2005 by the NUS Faculty of Law and the East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL), one of China's top law schools.

The first overseas degree programme to be offered by the NUS Faculty of Law, it is taught entirely in English, and is offered partly in Singapore and partly in Shanghai, where the ECUPL is based.

Students who successfully complete the degree requirements will obtain an LLM (International Business Law) degree conferred solely by NUS (i.e. the degree is not a joint degree).


Admission to the NUS LLM programme is granted on a competitive basis as places in the programme are limited. Applicants should possess the following minimum requirements:


Bachelor’s Degree in Law


Not applicable

English Language

Applicants from English-medium institutions in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States:

  • No requirement

Applicants whose LLB or LLM degrees were conducted entirely in the English medium:

  • May submit a request with supporting documents for consideration (on a case-by-case basis) to be granted a waiver

Applicants whose native tongue and medium of university instruction is not completely in English:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 100 (Internet-based), or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum Academic score of 7.0.

Candidates who have obtained a TOEFL score of 92–99 (Internet-based) may also apply, but may be invited to attend an interview or be required to undertake a prescribed intensive English language training course, prior to commencing law studies.

Note: TOEFL / IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date and should not have expired at point of application. Expired scores will not be considered for the application. In view of COVID-19, TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition, TOEFL ITP® Plus (with a score of at least 627) for China and IELTS indicator (with the same scores as the standard IELTS test) will be accepted in the interim until testing centres reopen.


Shortlisted applicants must undergo an interview and a written test.


The NUS LLM programme is offered on the following basis (with estimated time to complete the programme indicated below):

 Full-time  12 months 

Note: International applicants must be accepted into an approved full-time course in Singapore to apply for a Student’s Pass. For more information, refer to the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website.


The NUS LLM is a 40–44-modular credit (MC) coursework-based graduate degree programme comprising:

  • Modules to be read in Semester 1 at NUS (20–23 MCs), and
  • Modules to be read in Semester 2 at partner university ECUPL (20 MCs).

The two tables below outline the modules to be read in Semester 1 at NUS Law School. Modules in Semester 2 will be read at the Shanghai campus of ECUPL.

Core/Essential Modules

Students will spend the entire first semester in Singapore where they will enrol in at least 20 MCs of law modules at NUS Law School. The academic calendar for Semester 1 will largely be the same as the other programmes conducted in NUS. There are two compulsory modules: Elements of Company Law (students who have read and passed Company Law at NUS or its equivalent in a common law jurisdiction are exempted from having to take this module), and Singapore Common Law of Contract (students who are from Common Law jurisdictions are exempted from having to take this module).

View Modules

Module Code Module Title MCs
LC5230 Elements of Company Law 4
LC5337 Singapore Common Law of Contract 4
Elective Modules

Elective modules must be selected from those in the LLM programmes with the modules codes LC5xxx or LL5xxx. Students who must take both compulsory modules need to take 12–15 MCs of electives. Students who are exempted from either one of the compulsory modules need to take 16–9 MCs of electives. Students who are exempted from both compulsory modules need to take 20–23 MCs of electives.

For a complete list of modules in all the subject clusters, please refer to the NUS Law website Course Listing.

Note: For more information about the modules listed above (as well as other modules offered in the current academic year), please visit NUSMODS.


To graduate from the NUS LLM programme with an International Business Law specialisation, students must meet the following requirements:

Programme and/or Specialisation

Read and pass a total of 40–44 MCs. 

Module and/or Qualification

Refer to Programme Structure section above.

Cumulative Average Point (CAP) 

Not applicable

Please see also the University’s minimum standards for Continuation and Graduation Requirements; specific programmes may implement stricter or additional requirements.


Not applicable


Kindly note that all fees for the NUS LLM programme quoted on this page are exclusive of prevailing GST, unless otherwise stated. The University reserves all rights to review fees as necessary and adjust accordingly without prior notice.


S$28,037.38 (excluding GST) per annum /
S$30,000.00 (including GST) per annum

Financial Assistance

For more about loans and other financial assistance, please email Law Graduate Admissions.


S$50 (including GST)

• Non-refundable and non-transferable


Not applicable

Student Services

As published by NUS Registrar’s Office

• Payable every regular semester

Programme at a Glance*

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Next Intake:

Application Period:

Online Submission:
15 Sep 2021–15 Nov 2021


Submission of Supporting Documents:
By 22 Nov 2021

* For full details, please refer to main write-up.

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For enquiries, please email us at pgc@nus.edu.sg.

14 March 2022