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M1K316 International Trade and Commercial Law LLM Postgraduate Taught  2017


Degree LLM
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time)
Start Date 02-10-2017
Location Durham City
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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 6847

Course Content


This programme offers students from a wide variety of backgrounds the opportunity to develop their legal knowledge and skills in some of the most intellectually challenging and practically relevant areas of trade and commercial law. The course has a particular emphasis upon the international aspects of these areas of legal knowledge and practice.

During the first two terms of the programme, students study taught modules drawn from a wide variety of topics on international trade and commercial law. Students then complete their studies by writing a dissertation on a topic chosen by them, and supervised by a member of staff with expertise in their selected 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 Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law, and students on the LLM are encouraged to participate in its activities.

Course Structure

Students must study one compulsory module in 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

  • Applied Research Methods in Law
  • Dissertation (of 10,000, 15,000 or 20,000 words).

Optional Modules

Please note: not all modules necessarily run every year, and we regularly introduce new modules. The list below provides an example of the type of modules which may be offered.


  • Advanced Issues in International Economic Law
  • Advanced Issues of International Intellectual Property Law
  • Advanced Law of Obligations
  • Commercial Fraud
  • Corporations in an EU Context
  • Current Issues in Company Law
  • EU Competition Law
  • International and Comparative Corporate Insolvency Law
  • International Sales Law
  • Introduction to Corporate Governance
  • Law of Oil and Gas Contracts
  • Law of the WTO
  • Mergers and Acquisition
  • International Co-operation in Criminal Matters
  • Introduction to EU Law
  • Takeover Regulation in the EU.

Course Learning and Teaching

This programme involves both taught modules and a substantial dissertation component. Taught modules are delivered by a mixture of lectures and seminars. Although most lectures do encourage student participation, they are used primarily to introduce chosen topics, identify relevant concepts, and introduce the student to the main debates and ideas relevant to the chosen topic. They give students a framework of knowledge that students can then develop, and reflect on, through their own reading and study.

Seminars are smaller-sized, student-led classes. Students are expected to carry out reading prior to classes, and are usually set questions or problems to which to apply the knowledge they have developed. Through class discussion, or the presentation of student papers, students are given the opportunity to test and refine their knowledge and understanding, in a relaxed and supportive environment.

The number of contact hours in each module will reflect that module’s credit weighting. 15-credit modules will have, in total, 15 contact hours (of either lectures or seminars); 30-credit modules will have 30 contact hours. Students must accumulate, in total, between 90 and 120 credits of taught modules for the programme (depending upon the length of their dissertation).

In addition to their taught modules, all students must produce a dissertation of between 10,000 and 20,000 words. This is intended to be the product of the student’s own independent research. Each student is allocated a dissertation supervisor, and will have a series of (usually four) one-to-one meetings with their supervisor over the course of the academic year.

Finally, all taught postgraduate students on this programme, are encouraged to attend the various events, including guest lectures and seminars, organised through the School’s research centres, including the Institute for Commercial and Corporate Law, and Durham European Law Institute.

Admissions Process

Subject requirements, 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

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £8,900.00
Home Student £8,900.00
Island Student £8,900.00
International non-EU Student £16,300.00

Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

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

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Overseas Visit Schedule

Postgraduate Visits


Department Information

Law School


Durham Law School is one of the UK’s most distinguished law schools. We ranked joint 1st in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and we are one of the leading centres of legal research in the UK with an equally strong commitment to excellence in teaching and learning. Our courses are highly regarded across the world for their quality, intellectual content and rigour, and the School is consistently ranked as one of the top 100 law departments in the world and top 20 law departments in Europe (QS World University Rankings 2015). We have recently expanded and relocated to purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities. Featuring a moot court, the Harvard-style Hogan Lovells lecture theatre, spacious dedicated work suites with superb views of Durham Cathedral, attractive social areas, and modern wireless and audio-video enabled research spaces, this is one of the most striking and best-equipped law buildings in the UK. With the recent move to our new building, our complement of full-time academic staff has grown to 45, and is comprised of researchers of high distinction as well as a number of promising early career researchers.

Our beautiful city includes the World Heritage site of Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle and Durham University is an enormously popular place to study, providing a wide range of extra-curricular and college-based activities.


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