Durham University

Durham University

European Trade and Commercial Law

This programme provides an opportunity to develop an advanced knowledge of the law of the European Union, with particular emphasis upon its commercial aspects. For students who are new to European law, there is a (compulsory) foundation course providing a solid grounding in the subject.

Entry requirements

A good 2.1Honours degree in law, or good Honours degree in which law has formed a major part. Non-native speakers of English must show evidence of proficiency in English by achieving an 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.

Course modules

Core modules: introduction to EU law, and applied research methods in law. Optional modules: advanced issues in international economic law; advanced issues in the constitutional law of the EU; advanced issues of international intellectual property law; advanced law of obligations; advanced research in EU law; carriage of goods by sea; commercial fraud; comparative and transnational law; comparative corporate governance; comparative insurance law; comparative private law; corporate compliance; corporate social responsibility; corporations in an EU context; current issues in commercial law; current issues in company law; current problems of international law; domestic anti-discrimination law; electronic commerce; environment law and international trade; EU competition law; EU trade law; European discrimination law; free speech problems in international and comparative perspective; fundamentals of international law; international and comparative advertising law; international and comparative corporate insolvency law; international banking law; international commercial dispute resolution; international co-operation in criminal matters; international human rights law; international human rights law, development and commerce; international investment law; international law of human rights; international perspectives on law and gender; international sales law; introduction to corporate governance; introduction to intellectual property law; introduction to international criminal justice; introduction to media freedom under the human rights act; introduction to the law of oil contracts; Islamic law; law of the WTO; media freedom under the human rights act; mergers and acquisitions; perspectives on securities law and capital markets; principles of corporate insolvency law; rights of the child; selected issues in competition law; selected issues in European law; selected issues of intellectual property law; takeover regulation in the EU; tax law and policy; the community legal order; the European union and international trade; unjust enrichment.

Assessment methods

Assessment is carried out mainly by coursework, although examinations are also set in some of the taught modules.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time £ 8,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
LLM Full-time £ 14,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
LLM Full-time £ 8,100 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
LLM Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Durham Law School
Telephone number: 
0191 334 6847