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M1K616 European Trade and Commercial Law LLM Postgraduate Taught 2012


UCAS code M1K616
Degree LLM
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time)
Start Date 2012-10-01
Location Durham City
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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 2802

Course Content


This programme provides an opportunity to develop an advanced knowledge of the law of the European Union, with particular emphasis upon its commercial aspects. If you are new to European law, there is a (compulsory) foundation course providing a solid grounding in the subject. Having completed your choice of taught modules, you will then undertake an extended dissertation on a European law topic of your choice, supervised by a member of staff with expertise in their chosen subject area. 

Teaching is by a mixture of lectures and smaller, student-led, seminar or tutorial groups.  The dissertation is pursued by independent research with individual supervision. Students attending the programme are drawn from a broad range of countries, and their previous academic or professional experiences enrich the programme

The School is host to the Durham European Law Institute, and you are encouraged to participate in its many activities. The Library, which includes a European Documentation Centre, has extensive holdings of European materials.

Course Structure

Students must study modules in Introduction to EU law, and Applied Research Methods in Law.  You must also choose a number of additional taught modules, from a large body of optional modules.  Finally, a dissertation must be completed, on a topic chosen by you in consultation with your allotted supervisor.  

Core Modules 

  • Introduction to EU Law (unless you have previously studied such a module)
  • Applied Research Methods in Law 
  • Dissertation (of 10,000, 15,000 or 20,000 words).

Optional Modules

  • The EU and International Trade
  • EC Competition Law     
  • Law of WTO
  • Selected Issues in Competition Law
  • International Investment Law                                                                                                      
  • Mergers and Acquisitions                                 
  • International Sales Law
  •  Introduction to Corp Governance                                  
  • Comparative Corporate Governance                              
  • E Commerce                                                    
  • Current Issues in Company Law                         
  • Selected Issues of International Intellectual Property Law                                                                      
  • Commercial Fraud                                            
  • Principles of Corporate Insolvency                    
  • International and Comparative Insolvency Law    
  • Introduction to the Law of Oil Contracts                                                             
  • International and Comparative Advertising Law                                       
  • Advanced Law of Obligations.                                                                                                              

(note: not all modules necessarily run every year, and we regularly introduce new modules).

Teaching and assessment details

Assessment is carried out mainly by assessed course-work, although examinations are also set in some of the taught modules. 


Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

A good 2:1 degree (or its equivalent) in law, or in a degree in which law is a major component.

English Language Requirements

7.0 or higher on the IELTS test (preferred test system)

110 or higher, TWE 5.0, on the internet-based TOEFL test

Requirements and Admissions

You can apply to our postgraduate programmes via our online application process.

Fees and Funding

Fees have not been set for this academic year.


For more information on funding opportunities, visit the University's funding database.

Career Opportunities

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details of work experience and study abroad opportunities, please visit our employability web pages.   

Open days and visits

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Department Information

Law School


Durham Law School was ranked fourth highest Law School in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, having returned 100% of its staff in the RAE. The ranking is based on the percentage of submissions graded 4* (world-class).

Durham Law School has particular strength in the areas represented by the Human Rights Centre (HRC), the Institute for Commercial and Corporate Law (ICCL), the Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (CCLCJ), the Durham European Law Institute (DELI), the Centre for Gender and Law at Durham (GLAD) and the Law and Conflict at Durham (LCD) cluster.

The main part of the Law School is located just a few yards from Durham's ancient castle and from our own dedicated law library. Our postgraduate office is opposite the County Court. Our excellent library resources include electronic access to journals, case law and update services through databases such as HeinOnline, Westlaw, LexisNexis and other Butterworths' packages, as well as hundreds of direct electronic law journal subscriptions.


Teaching Staff

Dr Orkun Akseli, Senior Lecturer
Miss Rachel Avery, Visiting Tutor
Mr Aaron Baker, Senior Lecturer
Professor Michael Bohlander, Professor
Mr Neil Cobb, Lecturer
Dr Andres Delgado-casteleiro, Lecturer
Miss Karen Fairweather, Lecturer
Prof Helen Fenwick, Professor
Prof Lorna Fox O'Mahony, Professor
Dr Amandine Garde, Senior Lecturer
Mr Andrew Hayward, Lecturer
Dr Gleider I Hernández, Lecturer
Prof Ian Leigh, Professor
Mr Christopher Lloyd, Teaching Fellow
Mr Roger Masterman, Deputy Head
Professor Clare McGlynn, Professor
Mr Gregory Messenger, Teaching Fellow
Ms Viviana Mollica, Teaching Fellow
Dr Jonathan Mukwiri, Lecturer
Dr Aoife Nolan, Senior Lecturer
Ms Aoife O'Donoghue, Lecturer
Mr David O'Mahony, Reader
Prof Gavin Phillipson, Professor
Dr Erika Rackley, Senior Lecturer
Dr Robert Schütze, Reader
Prof Mathias Siems, Professor
Dr Warren Swain, Lecturer
Dr James A. Sweeney, Senior Lecturer
Professor Roman Tomasic, Professor
Mr Alexander Williams, Lecturer
Prof Tom Allen, Professor
Dr Mike Adcock, Lecturer
Prof Deryck Beyleveld, Head
Dr Anca Chirita, Lecturer
Mr Tufyal Choudhury, Lecturer
Dr Ronan Feehily, Lecturer
Dr Mohammad Hedayati-kakhki
Dr Shaun D Pattinson, Reader
Mr Chris Riley, Reader
Dr Matthew Saul, Lecturer
Prof Michael Schmitt, Professor
Dr Eleanor Spaventa, Professor
Prof Christian Witting, Deputy Head.

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