Aspects of Commercial Law (M5001)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module addresses key aspects of the law governing commercial transactions, including (but not limited to) the law of agency and the principles governing transfer of personal property.

Topics may include:

  • boundaries of personal property and the recognition of new types of property right in intangible assets such as emissions trading allowances
  • rules governing transfer of personal property
  • foundations of the law of agency
  • the creation of agency relationships
  • disclosed and undisclosed agency.

An overarching theme of the module will be the potential for legal doctrine to react to commercial development, and the tension between stability and change in legal principles and frameworks.


100%: Seminar


100%: 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: