Maritime Law LLM
The specialist LLM course in Maritime Law provides you with an opportunity to acquire and develop the knowledge and skills for this niche practice of law. Maritime law as a specialist field of law is offered only in a small number of universities in the UK.
At the City Law School, you will be given expert tuition in the law relating to:
- Shipping contracts
- Marine insurance
- International sale contracts
- Admiralty matters and arbitration.
The specialist LLM in Maritime Law course is unquestionably one of the more popular specialist programmes for law students at the City Law School. It is taught by academics and practitioners who have years of experience in the field.
The emphasis of the programme is on understanding how law works in relation to shipping contracts, insurance, admiralty practice, international sale of goods, commercial arbitration etc.
Why the City LLM in Maritime Law?
- Be taught by highly regarded professors and practitioners experienced in maritime law and practice
- Learn in small classes of between 6 and 30 students
- Benefit from the School's internship, placement, job experience and international summer school opportunities
- Benefit from lecturers that have written respected texts and research papers in the areas you are studying
- Benefit from the activities and networks of the London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Research Group (LUMLPG)
- Study in London, the global maritime centre, at a School with an international reputation for maritime law
The Maritime Law LLM course is one of the UK’s leading programmes to study this subject. It has a number of benefits and will well equip you for a career in maritime law.
You can also explore the Master of Laws that allows you to combine maritime law-related modules with any other modules of your choice. The City Law School is one of the most widely internationally respected law schools and the LLM in Maritime Law held in high regards.
Applicants should normally hold a good first degree in law, or an equivalent qualification in a related discipline, and must be fluent in written and spoken English.
We expect applicants who are not nationals of English-speaking countries OR have not successfully completed an academic qualification equivalent to a UK undergraduate degree taught in English to have an overall IELTS score of at least 7.0.
Applicants with a first degree in a subject other than law will be considered, but it should be noted that this may restrict the choice of modules where content is dependent on a prior knowledge of law.
How do we make our decision?
In reaching our selection decisions we will take account of:
- Academic performance
- Reasons for choice of courses / career
- Evidence of intellectual ability
- Relevant work experience / activity
Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students
If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London, offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma. The course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.
Applicants whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:
- IELTS: 7 with a minimum of 6 in each area.
Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.
English for Postgraduate Study
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:
- Students on courses of more than 6 months
- Students on courses of less than 6 months
- Students on a pre-sessional English Language course
Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.
For more information see our main Visa page.
- Start Date:
- September 2015
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years (minimum)
To qualify for this specialist Masters programme in Maritime Law, you must complete a total of 180 credits.
You must complete at least 90 credits of taught modules in the specialist pathway as well as a dissertation (of either 30 or 60 credits) in the same area of specialisation.
Below are the specific modules for Maritime Law:
- Admiralty Law (30 credits)
- Carriage of Goods by Sea (30 credits)
- Law of International Trade (30 credits)
- Marine Insurance (30 credits)
- World Trade Law (30 credits)
- International Law of the Sea (30 credits)
- International Commercial Arbitration (30 credits)
The remainder of the credits may be completed by selecting any other LLM modules of your choice.
Dissertation (incorporating research methods training)
- 12,000 word Supervised Dissertation (30 credits) or
- 24,000 word Supervised Dissertation (60 credits)
Please note: Modules are offered subject to minimum numbers; where it is not possible to offer a module on the LLM in Maritime Law because of low student demand, you will be given the opportunity to write a dissertation around that subject area.
Teaching and Assessment
Assessment will draw on a range of approaches which include written coursework, presentations, skills work, in-class tests, projects and a dissertation. The purpose of this is to assess a range of different skills and knowledge, as well as exposing you to different approaches.
The majority of modules on the Maritime Law LLM course will be assessed on the basis of written coursework of 5,000-5,500 words.
The 30 credit dissertation module will involve the submission of a dissertation of 12,000 words on a subject agreed with your supervisor/Programme Director. If you decide to offer the 60 credit dissertation instead, you are required to submit a dissertation of 24,000 words on a subject agreed with your supervisor/Programme Director.
Most modules have a single summative assessment with 100% weighting but there are some where there is more than one assessment and the weighting for each will be 50%.
You have the option of completing formative coursework in each module. The formative assessment will give you an opportunity to understand and appreciate the academic attainment levels expected. At different stages of the programme, it provides you with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate legal research, quantitative, cognitive and other skills in addition to your knowledge and understanding of the subjects.
The dissertation provides you with an opportunity to display competence in legal research. It allows some autonomy and enables you to show that you can manage information as well as developing complex arguments and innovative ways to solve problems.
Each assessment tests whether you:
- have grasped the relevant principles;
- are able to analyse and interpret those principles critically;
- are able to apply them to complex factual problems; and
- can present the relevant points in concise, clear and grammatical terms.
- Full-time EU: £10,000
- Full-time Non EU: £15,000
For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.
To find out more information and ideas about funding, visit Financing your study.
Graduates from this specialist LLM course are well placed to pursue careers in:
- Professional legal and shipping practice
- International or EU organisations
- Non-governmental organisations
- Media and press
- Academia and research.
The skills and knowledge you develop during your postgraduate study will help you in a wide variety of career options and you will acquire many transferrable skills. The City Law School has a vibrant Pro Bono programme and all students are able to take up opportunities within this.
Students who complete the LLM in Maritime Law may wish to continue their academic studies by enrolling in a PhD or MPhil offered by the City Law School.
Maritime law research is prominent at the City Law School - PhD research in maritime law is currently undertaken by students supervised by Prof Jason Chuah, director of the London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Research Group.
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Apply for the Specialist LLM in Maritime Law
Applications are now open for 2015 entry and can be made through the links below. Late applicants run the risk that the course may be full after the initial round of offers has been made.
We encourage online applications, however you are also able to apply by completing the below application and reference forms and sending them to the following address:
The City Law School Admissions
City University London
4 Gray's Inn Place