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International Tax Law LLM Online

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Study International Tax Law with us from anywhere in the world in your own time using innovative technology and online learning techniques.

Our online International Tax Law LLM is the same highly regarded programme that we offer on campus in the heart of legal London, adapted to your needs. This will enable you to study and work in a way that works best for you.

This LLM will equip you with the legal framework and intellectual tools you need to understand the taxation of cross-border trade, investment and movement of people.  You will find your intellectual and creative abilities are both challenged and developed by this demanding but intensely practical subject.

  • Exceptional practitioner-lead teaching reputation; unique, sought-after expertise, contemporary experience and connections with the wider international tax and legal community.
  • Interactive learning through online discussion boards, webinars and email. Even the exams are at your own desk.
  • Career enhancing opportunity to expand your knowledge of tax issues that transcend borders and develop your legal problem-solving skills.


Key information

Duration Duration: 

two years part time  (maximum 6 years)

Study mode Online/Distance learning,Part-time

Course code n/a

Awarding institution King's College London is regulated by the Office for Students

Key dates

Offer received:

 Payment Deadline:

Before 31 March

30 April 2020

Between 1 April and 30 June

Within one month of receiving the offer

Between 1 July and 31 July

Within two weeks of receiving the offer

On or after 1 August 2020

Within one week of receiving the offer

Late August onwards

 Within two days of receiving the offer




Programme Director: Jonathan Schwarz 


Contact for further information:

Postgraduate Admissions Team, King’s College London Admissions Office

Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

The Dickson Poon School of Law

Introducing the Online International Tax Law LLM

The same international tax law programme that we offer to students on campus in London, adapted to your needs and taught fully online

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Course detail


Our aim is to provide you with the opportunity to obtain a systematic understanding of international tax law by reference to comparative national tax laws, international and European law as well as the role of international organisations such as the OECD and UN.

We seek to develop critical awareness of and insights into the taxation of cross-border situations that concern internationally mobile individuals and multinational enterprises. We study how citizens, businesses and governments manage the challenges of taxation in the international context.

This course allows you to deepen or to broaden your knowledge of law as an academic subject and assists your professional development by enhancing your problem-solving skills in a transnational context. Designed to maximise students’ intellectual potential it also keeps you grounded by drawing on the real-world experiences of practitioner-teachers.

Core subjects focus on the key building blocks of cross-border taxation to  develop a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to interpret legal concepts relevant to a wide range of legal institutions, events and transactions that will be valuable in many areas of chosen practice. Optional modules facilitate expansion of knowledge in your chosen direction.  The course also supports your simultaneous prepare for the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) Advanced Diploma in International Taxation.

You will need creativity, intellectual rigour and a willingness to work hard to be able to analyse legal and commercial concepts and then apply them to complex fact patterns. We think the rewards are worth it. Good tax skills are highly prized by professional firms, government departments and companies. Many leaders in business and government honed their analytical and creative skills in studying or practising tax.

King’s tax modules are open to those with or without previous tax experience. Our students include both recent graduates and established legal and accounting professionals as well as tax administrators and policy makers.

The LLM offers a sharpened focus on our key areas of excellence and a commitment to offer a premier course and a world class student experience.





The following table will give you an idea of what a typical academic week might look like.


Directed study per week

Other activity per week

Self-directed learning and assessment work

1 hour (web content material including recorded video, text, graphics)

2 hours (1-hour live seminar and 1 hour of discussion board)

16 hours (including completing set tasks and reading, research, revision)


Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


Each module will be assessed in two ways. A small percentage of your final module mark will be based on your participation in discussion forums, unless stated otherwise. The remaining percentage will be assessed through either a take-home exam or an essay.

Course structure

Course structure

Courses are divided into modules. To graduate with the International Tax Law LLM, you must take modules totalling 180 credits.

Compulsory Modules:

  • International Tax Law I: Fundamentals of International Tax Law (15 credits)
  • International Tax Law II: Tax Treaties (15 credits)
  • International Tax Law III: Advanced Topics in International Tax Law (15 credits)
  • Transfer Pricing I: Fundamentals of Transfer Pricing (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (40/60 credits) (we may agree that you can take the Transfer Pricing Practice project (40 credits) instead


Optional Modules

The range of optional modules may typically include:

  • Transfer Pricing II: Advanced Topics in Transfer Pricing (15 credits)
  • European Union Tax Law I: EU Law and Tax Law (15 credits)
  • European Tax Law II: Direct Tax Harmonisation (15 credits)
  • European Union Tax Law III: Advanced Topics in EU Tax law (15 credits)
  • Value Added Tax I: Fundamentals of VAT (15 credits)
  • Value Added Tax II: Advanced Topics in VAT (15 credits)
  • Taxation of Business Enterprises I – Fundamentals of Business Taxation (15 credits)
  • Taxation of Business Enterprises II – Fundamentals of Corporate Taxation (15 credits)
  • Taxation of Employment Income I (15 credits)
  • Issues in Tax Administration (15 credits)
  • Transfer Pricing Practice project (40 credits)

 You may also qualify for the:

  • Postgraduate Diploma – modules totalling 120 credits
  • Postgraduate Certificate – modules totalling 60 credits

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to- date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements


Applicants who wish to enrol for the LLM in International Tax may apply for admission on the basis of one of the following two paragraphs:

1.  Hold an undergraduate degree with high 2:1 honours (assessed as an overall average of at least 65% across all years of study) in Law or a degree with at least 70% law content, or an equivalent international qualification and grading.


2. The applicant must:

(i) Hold a recognised first degree in any discipline of at least high 2:1 honours standard or an equivalent overseas qualification (with a preference for degrees in accounting or other tax-related fields); AND

(ii) Have at least 12 months’ appropriate work experience in the Tax sector.

International requirements


Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.

English Language requirements

Band B

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk .

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

International Tax checklist

Personal Statement


A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).

Previous Academic Study


A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.



Due to competition for places on the LLM programme the Department do not require references. However a reference may be requested at the discretion of the Department.



Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.


We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The application deadline for non-EU (Overseas) nationals and UK/EU nationals is 30th July 2020.


Fees and funding

The tuition fee for the full Online international Tax Law LLM is £18,900 for 2021/22, however as the course is a part time, the fee will split between the 2 years of study.

  • Part time UK  fees: £9,450 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time International  fees: £9,450 per year  (2021/22)

 *These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 Duration: two years up to a maximum of 6 years 



When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The deposit is £1,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer.

Additional Costs 

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for:

  • books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • graduation costs 

Career prospects

In a competitive world we can give you the competitive edge to take your career to the next level.

Whatever your reasons for exploring International Tax, our LLM provides an excellent springboard for, and advancement in a wide range of careers.

Many of our students go on to enjoy successful careers with some of the world’s leading professional firms and businesses. Others do so in governments, NGOs and institutions. Our graduates are presented with a wide range of employment destinations when they leave; from positions at the European Central Bank, European Commission, OECD and UN to commercial roles as investment bank analysts, tax or public affairs advisers, as well as careers in the legal profession; accountancy; management consultancy; human rights organisations and other voluntary bodies; academia.



Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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