University of Essex

University of Essex

International Trade Law

This is a specialist course in business and commercial law which enables our students to analyse cutting-edge and topical issues, while improving their knowledge and writing skills; focusing on the international dimension, students explore the legal issues and pertinent regulatory principles in the trade transaction and the broad spectrum of related services; throughout the course students are encouraged to tailor this course to suit their own interests by giving them options with the modules they take, the questions they attempt and their dissertation topic.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or high 2.2 degree in law, or in a related discipline, and/or substantial practical experience in a field related to the course. If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum score of 5.5 for each component, except 6 in writing

Course modules

Core modules: Foundation essay for international trade law; international sales contracts and carriage of goods; international finance law; dissertation. Optional modules include: Approaches to legal theory; business and human rights; contemporary issues in human rights and cultural diversity; cybercrime; data protection; electronic products and the world trading system; EU company law; European competition law; European Union employment law; European Union law and human rights; freedom of expression, privacy and the media; international commercial and business law (models, principles and tools); international commercial dispute resolution 1; international financial law; international sales contracts and carriage of goods; international trade finance law; international trade, investment and human rights; legal aspects of electronic commercial transactions; legal research and the English legal system; marine insurance 1; public international trade law; the economics of the European Union; the enlargement of the European Union; the legal order of the European Union; work-based project.

Assessment methods

Combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams. During the summer, students work on a dissertation or individual project included in their final grade.

Sponsorship information

Research councils and some University of Essex studentships available.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time £ 5,356 per Academic year (home fees) 9 months
PgDip Full-time £ 11,480 per Academic year (overseas fees) 9 months
LLM Full-time £ 6,695 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
LLM Full-time £ 14,350 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
LLM Part-time £ 3,250 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
LLM Part-time £ 6,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

Key information

Graduate Administrator, School of Law
Telephone number: 
01206 872719