Skip to main content

Gain the professional advantage of specialist expertise in the Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and UK Sale of Goods legislation.

If you’re a lawyer working in countries that have ratified CISG but you haven’t studied this system in detail, this course will fill that knowledge gap.

You’ll deepen your understanding of contract law, particularly pertaining to your own jurisdiction, and will add significant value to your career and professional relationships with your clients.

Study with a top 6 UK law school with a strong reputation in international commercial law. As a lawyer working inhouse, in a firm or government organisation anywhere in the world, enjoy this career boost with the convenience of online learning you can fit around full-time work.

You can use the credits you earn on this course towards our LLM in International Trade Law and LLM in Oil and Gas Law.

What will I study?

Economic globalisation and recent world events have thrown a spotlight on the issues, challenges and complexities of international trade. Critical issues can arise when the buyer and the seller of goods are located in different legal systems.

On this short course, you’ll examine the legal challenges that can occur for buyers and sellers in international sale of goods transactions.

You’ll consider the definition and sources of international sale of goods law, focusing on two major sources that govern international trade today:

  • UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG, Vienna Convention).
  • UK Sale of Goods Act 1979.

CISG is the prevalent foundation of international sales law, governing sale of goods contracts between buyers and sellers located in 87 countries – but not the UK. The UK is one of very few countries that hasn’t ratified the CISG. It uses the UK Sale of Goods Act 1979 to regulate contract and commercial law.

You’ll examine these two systems in detail and compare them to consider the implications for buyers and sellers. You’ll look at issues arising in transactions where CISG applies, and contrast with the position under the Sale of Goods Act 1979.

You’ll also broaden your international trade knowledge with study of:

  • carriage of goods laws
  • bills of lading
  • Incoterms
  • dispute resolution
  • private international law issues in relation to international sales contracts.

Why study Law online with the University of Aberdeen?

How will I study?

This 12-week International Sale of Goods course is delivered entirely online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Part of our LLM in International Trade Law, this course is taught at Masters level. You’ll learn from lawyers with extensive international experience and experts working in practice in the field of international law.

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Also available as an app, you can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and mobile device 24/7.

Your course features a range of resources, including:

  • podcasts of lectures
  • videos
  • slide presentations
  • reading lists and materials
  • regular quizzes
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library and the Law Library
  • online discussion boards with colleagues and tutors.

You’ll also be asked to keep a reflective journal of your learning throughout the first few weeks of the course.

Online learning in the School of Law

Advocates share their experiences of working while studying law online with us.

Where will this take me?

Towards a Masters

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards further study, including our online:

LLM in International Trade Law (180 credits)

LLM in Oil and Gas Law (180 credits)

  • Available to study online or on campus.

View all our postgraduate Law degrees.

Build your learning

We offer a wide range of specialist online Law short courses you can use to build your skills.

Many are part of existing Masters degrees and can be used to build up credits towards postgraduate qualifications.


The course will give you significant professional benefit as a lawyer advising clients on international activity, or if you work in a related capacity in a government department or multinational private company.

Previous graduates have gone on to senior positions in legal firms, in industry, NGOs, and with government organisations across the world.

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Am I ready?

The minimum entry requirements for this course are an upper-second-class (2:1) Law degree (or equivalent).

Relevant practical experience in a related field is also beneficial.

For this course, you’ll apply through our Applicant Portal. It allows you to upload relevant qualifications and documents. Our admissions team will then review these and get back to you. Read How to apply via our Applicant Portal for all you need to know.

You need to apply by the course start date to ensure you are enrolled in time.

Apply for this course

Start date
28 September 2020