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Durham University

European Trade and Commercial Law

This course 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 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 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.

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 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:

Advanced Issues in International Economic Law;
Advanced Issues of International Intellectual Property Law;
Corporations in an EU Context;
Competition Law;
Current Issues in Commercial Law;
Global Financial Law;
International Co-operation in Criminal Matters in Europe;
International Sales Law;
Introduction to Corporate Insolvency Law;
Introduction to Intellectual Property Law;
International Trade Law & Policy;
Mergers and Acquisitions;
Advanced Issues in the Constitutional Law of the EU;
Advanced Law of Obligations;
Commercial Fraud;
Current Issues in Company Law;
International and Comparative Corporate Insolvency Law;
Introduction to Corporate Governance;
Law of Oil and Gas Contracts;
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 18,300 (Year 1) International 1 Years
LLM Full-time October 2019 10,000 (Year 1) Channel Islands 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) England 1 Years
LLM Full-time October 2019 10,000 (Year 1) EU 1 Years
LLM Full-time October 2019 10,000 (Year 1) Scotland 1 Years

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