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PG Cert International Trade and Commercial Law

Course Description

Developed by subject experts and experienced legal professionals, this course is the starting point for your journey on our postgraduate law pathway.


Our PG Cert International Trade and Commercial Law course* online can be achieved as a stand-alone qualification or used as a stepping stone towards our full LLM. The course enables students to explore areas such as law of world trade organisation, international competition law, and international sales of goods.

Law is a widely recognised and highly respected subject and the knowledge gained on our PG Cert International Trade and Commercial Law will open up many opportunities for you to develop your career a high-level career in an international law firm, multinational company or governmental organisation.

* The start date of this course is still subject to University approval. In the event that approval is not granted by your course start date, an alternative date will be offered or a full refund given.

Course structure

The PG Cert International Trade and Commercial Law is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 60 credits.

Level 7 modules:

Law of the World Trade Organisation (20 credits)
International Competition Law (20 credits)
International Sales of Goods (20 credits)

Upon completion of your PG Cert International Trade and Commercial Law we offer the opportunity for you to progress to study for our PG Dip degree (120 credits).

Learning and assessment


Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

All of our online courses have an indicative study duration but it’s possible to complete your studies faster than the standard course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.

Teaching methods and style:

As we are a 100% online university, we utilise a Virtual Learning Environment instead of a traditional campus. The system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials.

This learning platform allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and you can listen to, and view, live lectures and seminars over the internet.

You are supported throughout your course by a dedicated Student Adviser and have the opportunity to regularly interact with fellow students and your tutor.


We adopt an assignment-based approach to assessment instead of exams. Assessment for the PG Cert International Trade and Commercial Law will be based on a combination of written coursework.

You will always be aware of your current provisional grade right from the start of the programme, allowing you to evaluate the success of your current study methods and clearly identify areas to improve. We believe that this transparency gives you the information you need to make the most of your postgraduate course. We achieve this by:

· showing your marks clearly in your gradebook, which can be viewed whenever you log onto the learning platform;

· the rapid turnaround of work assessed to ensure that your gradebook is always up to date;

· assessing your work throughout the module rather than waiting for end of year exams;

· ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Adviser; and

· the simplicity and transparency in the design of our assessment criteria.

We also have a policy of ensuring that work submitted by students is authentic. As well as the fact that all work is frequently assessed, we use a well established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

Career prospects

We are dedicated to improving employability amongst our graduates. Our online courses give you the opportunity to improve your career prospects and earning potential with a mix of key skills that are directly transferable to the workplace.

The legal knowledge gained from the PG Cert International Trade and Commercial Law could prepare you for a role in an international law firm, multinational company or governmental organisation.

Qualified solicitors or barristers will also be able to use the skills and knowledge gained from studying the course to meet their annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

Visit the PG Cert International Trade and Commercial Law page on the University of Essex Online website for more details!

Entry Requirements

We have flexible entry requirements that look at both your academic and work-based experience as well as your motivation to do the course. Find out more - View Website

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