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Durham University

International Trade and Commercial Law

This course 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 course, 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 course are drawn from a broad range of countries, and their previous academic or professional experiences enrich the course. The School is host to the Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law, and students on the LLM are encouraged to participate in its activities.

Entry requirements

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

Course modules

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:

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;
Competition Law;
Global Financial Law;
International Commercial Dispute Resolution;
International Investment Law;
International and Comparative Corporate Insolvency Law;
International Sales Law;
Introduction to Corporate Governance;
Introduction to Corporate Insolvency;
Introduction to Intellectual Property Law;
Law of Oil and Gas Contracts;
International Trade Law & Policy;
Mergers and Acquisitions;
Takeover Regulation in the EU.

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

Assessment methods

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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
LLM Full-time October 2019 10,000 (Year 1) Home/EU 1 Years
LLM Full-time October 2019 18,300 (Year 1) International 1 Years
LLM Full-time October 2019 10,000 (Year 1) EU 1 Years
LLM Full-time October 2019 10,000 (Year 1) Northern Ireland 1 Years
LLM Full-time October 2019 10,000 (Year 1) Wales 1 Years
LLM Full-time October 2019 10,000 (Year 1) Scotland 1 Years
LLM Full-time October 2019 10,000 (Year 1) Channel Islands 1 Years
LLM Full-time October 2019 10,000 (Year 1) England 1 Years

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