Contract Law (722M3B)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module explores the legal rules and principles related to the formation, enforcement and vitiation of contracts.

Students will consider offer and acceptance, the legal doctrine of consideration and the equitable doctrine of promissory estoppel.

Students will consider different types of a contractual term, such as exemption clauses and implied terms, and will study damages and other remedies for a breach of contract.

The module goes on to look at factors which may vitiate an agreement, such as misrepresentation, duress and undue influence.

Students will have the opportunity to critically evaluate the circumstances under which agreements should become legally binding and enforceable, the role that consideration plays in England and Wales and the interaction of common-law and equitable principles.


100%: Seminar


80%: Examination (Distance examination)
20%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.