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M1K616 European Trade and Commercial Law LLM Postgraduate Taught 2015


UCAS code M1K616
Degree LLM
Mode of study Part Time + Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time)
Start Date 06-10-2015
Location Durham City
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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 6847

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.

Please note: not all modules necessarily run every year, and we regularly introduce new 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

IELTS of 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

The University accepts the following alternative English language tests and scores.

Fees and Funding

Fees shown are for one year. Total fee will depend on the length of your programme. All fees are subject to annual increases. For more information please visit the Tuition Fees page

EU student fees


Home student fees


Islands student fees


International non-EU student fees


Scholarships and funding

Career Opportunities

Law School

For further information on career options and employability, including the results of the Destination of Leavers survey, student and employer testimonials and details of work experience and study abroad opportunities, please visit our employability web pages

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Department Information

Law School


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.


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NB: Information contained on the website or in the literature with respect to the fee is correct at the time of publication but the University reserves the right to change the course information or fee at a later date.

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