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Advanced contract law


This course consists of four modules which aim to give you a detailed understanding of contract law. The course is primarily based on the common law of England. It also examines some statute law which has changed or added to the common law, for example the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

Module A: Overview of English contract law


  • Definition and formation of contract
  • Limits of the contractual obligation
  • Terms of a contract
  • Vitiating factors
  • Discharge of contract
  • Remedies for breach of contract

Module B: Law of agency


  • What is agency?
  • Formation of agency
  • The external effects of agency
  • Different types of agency
  • Relations between a principal and an agent
  • Relations with third parties
  • Termination of agency

Module C: Sale of goods law


  • Introduction to the law relating to the sale of goods
  • The types of obligation created
  • Passing of property
  • Nemo dat quod non habet principles and exceptions
  • Duties of the seller and buyer
  • Remedies of seller and buyer

Module D: Insurance


  • Introduction to insurance contracts
  • Validity of an insurance contract
  • Remedies and rights of insurer, liabilities of insurer, interpretation, making claims and indemnifying policyholders.


Each module is assessed by a 45-minute unseen written exam.


It is strongly recommended that you attempt the modules in order.

How to apply

You can apply to study a module individually as a standalone unit or as part of a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master of Laws qualification. (In either scenario, they must be studied in order.)

These modules also contribute towards the following specialist pathways for Laws:

  • Commercial and Corporate Law
  • Common Law

Apply via Postgraduate Laws.

Academic Co-ordinator

Kumari Lane - Queen Mary academic staff

Kumari Lane

Kumari Lane is a Teaching and Scholarship Lecturer at Queen Mary College University of London and an Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck College University of London. The subjects she teaches are contract, torts and conflict of laws/private international law. Her publications are in conflict of laws and legal education. Her current research is on legal protection for climate change migrants who cross borders.