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  1. Postgraduate
    1. 2020
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LLM Maritime Law (Dubai)

Entry Year:
Be a City Law School student in Dubai, and advance your knowledge and understanding of practical aspects of maritime law.

Key information

Start date

October 2020
March 2021

Academic year dates


14 to 30 months

Teaching will usually take place from March to June, and October to December. Students will have to submit their dissertation 5 months after completing their final taught module.

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Part-time: £24,100 plus UAE VAT (currently at 5%)


Part-time: £24,100 plus UAE VAT (currently at 5%)


Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Dubai, UAE

Who is it for?

This LLM (Master of Maritime Law) programme, which is now being offered in Dubai, is designed to benefit experienced professionals and executives involved in the shipping markets and sectors, and those companies which provide services to the shipping industries. Officials working in the maritime and international trade sector will also benefit from the highly commercial approach taken in the delivery of the programme.

The LLM will give top shipping professionals an invaluable exposure to international maritime and trade law, whilst legally qualified professionals will also benefit from the specialist nature of the programme with notably very few maritime law specific programmes available in the Middle East. Non legal professionals involved in the maritime and maritime services sector will gain deep insights into the practical workings of maritime and trade law.

The programme is delivered in intensive block format by our own UK-based faculty and wholly by scheduled UAE weekend classes. It will be attractive to those who are able to travel to Dubai from the region.

The programme welcomes applicants who have a good degree in any related discipline and/or relevant work experience, including ambitious and highly motivated recent graduates. A specialist qualification in international maritime law will undoubtedly enhance career prospects.


  • Advances your knowledge and understanding of practical aspects of maritime law.
  • Enhances your commercial awareness of the legal principles and rules impacting on international shipping.
  • Gives you the benefits of a joint academic enterprise between two highly prestigious institutions, the City Law School and the Dubai International Financial Centre’s Academy of Law.
  • Provides you with access to thousands of learning resources, including e-books, through our online legal and business databases.
  • Offers you the flexibility of weekend study without disruption to your work.
  • Affords you the opportunity to learn from established maritime law academics who have significant professional and scholarly experience.
  • Supports your learning experience through our online learning platform, Moodle.
  • Provides you with appropriate administrative support from our team in City’s Dubai Centre.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

We are interested in receiving applications from individuals with a good honours undergraduate degree in law, business, maritime studies, or a related field from an internationally recognised institution. Applicants without formal undergraduate education but with significant and relevant work experience and/or training are very welcome to apply.

In reaching our admission decisions we will take account of:

  • Academic performance
  • Reasons for choice of courses/career
  • Evidence of intellectual ability
  • References
  • Relevant work experience/activity

English requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will need to hold one of the following qualifications:

  • 7.0 overall in IELTS

The language qualification must have been completed a maximum of two years prior to applying for this programme.

You may be exempt from the English Language requirement if you have:

  • completed your undergraduate degree wholly in English; or,
  • worked professionally in an English speaking country for at least a year; or,
  • other supporting evidence of high oral and written English proficiency.

If you have any query about the English Language requirements, please contact our Course Officer at

How to apply

Applications for 2020 entry are not yet open. To apply you will be expected to submit the following:

  • A short personal statement (c800-1200 words) outlining why you are applying for this programme.
  • A copy of your degree transcript and award certificate. We require an original transcript or a copy certified by your institution. If you have not yet graduated, you will be required to send if your degree transcript as soon as it is available.
  • Two references. These can be attached to the online application or you can provide details of your referees and we will send an email to them requesting the references.
  • Proof of your English language level (please see the English requirements section)

As this course is based in Dubai we are unable to support visa applications.

If you have any enquiries please contact:

Tel +44 (0)20 7040 3309

During your course

More about fees

Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) may be subject to an annual increase. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

This course is only available in part-time study mode and the fee stated is the total fee for the course. The fee is payable in instalment as below:

  • 25% payable upon registration
  • 25% payable 3 months after that
  • 25% payable on the anniversary of registration
  • 25% payable 3 months after that.


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

City Law School scholarships

The City Law School is firmly committed to a generous programme of scholarships awarded on the basis of academic excellence. Our scholarships range in value and include both partial and full fee waiver awards.

Find out more about the scholarships offered by the City Law School.

Academic facilities

Classes take place in the Academy of Law in the prestigious Dubai International Finance Centre, a financial and business hub connecting the region's emerging markets with the developed markets of Europe, Asia and the Americas.

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We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

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Course content and assessment

Teaching and learning

The following are some of the academics who are likely to be teaching on this programme:

Special lecturers will also be invited to contribute to the course from time to time.


Module information

  • Introductory Course: 8 hours covering Introduction to the English Legal System; Library induction; training on legal research and writing; Contract Law principles.
  • International Trade Law: 24 hours (taught over three weekends). This module will examine the law of international sale contracts paying specific emphasis to trade terms (such as FOB, CIF, CFR, etc.) which are relevant to shipping. The module will examine the role of documents (including electronic documents) in the facilitation of international trade. There will be some discussion about the legal duties of the seller and buyer of cargo. Last but not least, there will be a study of the law relating to the financing of trade.
  • Marine Insurance: 24 hours (taught over three weekends). You will learn how the marine insurance market works; then going on to look at the key legal concepts in marine insurance – including insurable interest, utmost good faith, materiality, etc. There is also emphasis on insurable loss and causation. In respect of insurance cover, both perils of the sea and the Inchmaree clause are discussed along with standard exceptions, wilful misconduct and proof. The module also deals with third party Issues (such as subrogation) and the new Insurance Act 2015.
  • Admiralty Law: 24 hours (taught over three weekends). This module covers all the principal issues in respect of Admiralty law and practice. These include claims in rem, maritime liens and ship arrest; ownership and registration of ships; shipbuilding contracts; salvage and collisions and oil pollution from ships. The module also covers relevant aspects of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea: 24 hours (taught over three weekends). The module covers all the main types of charterparties: Time, voyage and demise. It also considers the standard forms of charterparties and provides a legal analysis of some of the clauses. It also examines the law in respect of bills of lading. It then goes on to look at the modern application of the Hague Visby rules and the Hamburg rules. The module also considers several other major aspects of carriage of goods, the law of freight, hire, laytime and demurrage.
  • Dissertation of 20,000 words. You will be provided one to one supervision to write this major piece of research.

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

After you graduate

Career prospects

With the LLM you will be equipped for work in:

  • law firms
  • shipping companies
  • insurance companies
  • tanker companies
  • merchant banks
  • ports and terminals
  • classification societies
  • ship repairers
  • ship management companies
  • ship builders
  • freight forwarders
  • maritime regulators
  • civil service or government
  • haulage companies
  • shipbrokers
  • P&I Clubs.

Contact details

Anna Schebsdat (Dubai Centre)
Northampton Square Campus

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