Taught course

European Trade and Commercial Law

Durham University · Department of Law

Entry requirements

A good 2:1 degree (or its equivalent) in law, or in a degree in which law is a major component. English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme 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 programme are drawn from a broad range of countries, and their previous academic or professional experiences enrich the programme

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.

Course Structure

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

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

  • 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.

Information for international students

English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scholarships and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Durham Law School
(0)191 334 6847