International Tax (LLM)

This Tax LLM will equip you with the legal framework and intellectual tools you need to understand cross-border tax. With a reputation for exceptional teaching and contemporary expertise you will find your intellectual and creative abilities are both challenged and developed by this demanding but intensely practical subject. You may also prepare simultaneously for the CIOT Advanced Diploma in International Taxation.


Key benefits

  • Opportunity to prepare simultaneously for the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) Advanced Diploma in International Taxation.
  • Exceptional teaching reputation; unique, sought-after expertise, contemporary experience and connections with the wider London legal community.
  • Unrivalled location in the heart of legal London; based in the magnificent East Wing of Somerset House on the Strand and minutes from the Royal Courts of Justice, the Inns of Court and offices of major City law firms.


On this LLM you will learn how tax works, how adding or subtracting a single step can change corporate transactions, or government policies, and determine whether they succeed or fail.

The King’s specialist LLM in International Tax is led by Professor Jonathan Schwarz, practicing barrister, who is well recognised for his tax expertise. King’s tax modules are open to those with or without previous tax experience but we expect all out students to be able to analyse legal and commercial concepts and then apply them to a complex factual matrix. You will need creativity, intellectual rigour and a willingness to work hard. We think the rewards are worth it.

Many of our students go on to enjoy successful employment with some of the world’s leading firms and institutions. Some have made the decision to specialise in tax but not all. A tax module can be an enhancement to other studies, such as in commercial, financial or EU law for example.

Whatever your reasons for exploring International Tax, our LLM programme provides an excellent springboard for a wide range of careers, including traineeships with global partnerships, legal firms or placements with EU institutions.

Course purpose

This programme 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 staff and other practitioners.

The LLM offers a sharpened focus on our key areas of excellence and a commitment to offer a premier programme and a world class student experience. Aimed at recent law graduates (or graduates of joint degrees with a significant law content) as well as established legal professionals who may have graduated a number of years ago, the programme is rigorous and demanding and requires serious commitment.

Further literature

Course format and assessment

In the first and second semester you study your selection of taught modules (half and full). These are in most cases assessed in the third semester (May/June) by written examination, or in some cases by the submission of an assessed essay.

Please see further details for each individual module in the LLM module list that can be found by clicking here.

Dissertation or research essays must be submitted in September, after the May/June examinations.

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 (i.e. overall average of at least 65%) in Law or a degree with at least 70% law content, or an equivalent international qualification and grading.

A guide to international equivalencies at King’s by country can be found here.


2. The applicant must:

(i) hold a recognised first degree in any discipline of at least high upper second class 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.

Applicants fulfilling both the requirements contained in paragraph (2) may therefore apply to the LLM in International Tax even though they do not hold a first degree in law (or a degree with at least 70% law content) as would otherwise be required under paragraph (1) above. This entry route is intended for applicants who do not have a law degree but who have appropriate work experience in Tax, and who may previously have considered enrolling for our MA Tax programme (the MA Tax programme has been discontinued with effect from 2013-14).

Please note that applicants admitted to the LLM in International Tax on the basis of paragraph (2) above must enrol for this specialist LLM programme only. Following admission, they will not be permitted to enrol for any other specialist LLM (such as the LLM in International Financial Law or the LLM in Competition Law) or for our general LLM programme, and will be obliged to select only modules offered under the LLM in International Tax.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies. Two supportive references will be required as part of the application process.

All applications must be made to the generic Master of Laws (LLM) programme. If accepted, and once you have enrolled onto the LLM programme, you will have the opportunity to transfer onto one of our specialist LLM programmes. At the start of the semester you will have the opportunity to attend taster lectures and to speak to programme/module leaders before you make a decision on whether to do a specialist or tailored LLM.

Personal statement and supporting information

For information on how to apply to King’s, the application process, personal statements or any other FAQ’s, please visit the FAQ page.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

  • Full time UK fees: £15,000 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £22,800 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: £7,500 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,400 p.a. (2017/18)*

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

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


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 UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King’s Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

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