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Corporate Law

This course provides an opportunity to develop an advanced knowledge of corporate 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 corporate 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 Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law, and you are encouraged to participate in its many activities. The Library has extensive holdings of corporate law 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 Current Issues in Company 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: Current Issues in Company Law; Applied Research Methods in Law; Dissertation (of 10,000, 15,000 or 20,000 words). Optional Modules: Candidates shall also study and be assessed in modules such as those from the following list to the value of (when added to the core modules chosen above) at least 120 credits. Please note: not all modules necessarily run every year, and we regularly introduce new modules. Comparative Corporate Governance; Corporate Compliance; Corporations in an EU Context; Introduction to Corporate Governance; Introduction to Corporate Insolvency Law; Introduction to Intellectual Property Law; Mergers and Acquisitions; International and Comparative Corporate Insolvency Law; Takeover Regulation in the EU; International Sales Law; Advanced Issues in International Economic Law; Advanced Issues of Intellectual Property Law; EU Competition Law; Commercial Fraud; Introduction to EU Law; Advanced Law of Obligations; Law of Oil and Gas Contracts; International Trade Law & Policy.

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 Course duration
LLM Full-time October 2019 10,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
LLM Full-time October 2019 18,300 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
LLM Full-time October 2019 10,000 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
LLM Full-time October 2019 10,000 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
LLM Full-time October 2019 10,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
LLM Full-time October 2019 10,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
LLM Full-time October 2019 10,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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