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  • Objectives
    This LLM is a product of the strength of the School of Law in three complementary areas: shipping, environmental and Public International Law. A high proportion of international trade is conducted by sea, involving annually in excess of four billion tonnes of cargo. The sea is not, however, merely a medium for transport. It harbours vast resources; under the sea bed and in its waters. The LLM in Maritime Law embraces both private and public law and addresses aspects of the private law of shipping. It also embraces important public international law issues that are addressed at regional and global levels.
  • Academic Title
    LLM Maritime Law
  • Course description
    Key facts

    -The School of Law is rated as ‘internationally outstanding’ (Grade 5A on a scale of 1-5) for its research and as ‘Excellent’ for its teaching quality.
    -The School enjoys important professional relationships with international institutions; leading firms in the City of London and the provinces; private industry and consultancies; and non-governmental organisations.
    -Students at the School of Law have exclusive access to the Baker & McKenzie Computer Room.
    -Excellent Law Library has in excess of 60,000 volumes, immediate access to a very wide range of electronic materials and resources and dedicated Law Librarian


    Maritime Law (LLM)


    Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 - 4 years part-time

    Course Content
    You will take 120 credits’ worth of full and/or part-time subject options during the taught components of this course.

    Currently, some of the subjects offered in relation to Maritime Law include:

    -Commercial Conflict of Law
    -International Sale of Goods
    -International Law of the Sea
    -Law of International Carriage of Goods by Sea
    -Law of Marine Insurance
    -Law of International Trade Finance
    -Maritime Law

    Please note that all module details are subject to change.

    You will conclude the LLM Maritime Law by undertaking a 60-credit dissertation; this is an extensive piece of independent research in a subject of your choice.  You will benefit from the support of a dedicated project supervisor, as well as the generic research skills training offered by the University’s Graduate School.

    Course Structure
    The LLM Maritime Law can be taken on a full-time basis over 1 year or part-time over 2 to 4 years. 

    In order to qualify for the LLM, you must take four full-year options (120 credits in total), or the equivalent number of full and half options in the taught element of the programme. Full options comprise eighteen two-hour seminars, held during the Autumn and Spring Terms. Half-options comprise nine two-hour seminars, held in either the Autumn or Spring Terms.

    All seminars offer dedicated teaching, open only to postgraduate students, including postgraduate research students, where an option is relevant to a student’s doctoral research.

    The precise availability of individual options differs from year to year, depending on the availability of staff to teach them, but in a typical session LLM students are able to choose from around a dozen full-year options (30 credits) and up to 50 half-year options (15 credits) over the programmes.  In addition, LLM students may elect to take up to two half-year options in relevant modules offered by the School of Politics as part of its MA in International Relations.

    To qualify for a particular specialist degree, candidates must choose at least three full options (or their equivalent in full and half options) from the list of qualifying options within the relevant specialisation.  Students may choose any full module (or equivalent half modules) within the LLM programme as their fourth, “free” option.

    In addition, the candidate must choose a dissertation topic within the relevant area of specialism.  The dissertation is worth 60 credits and taken over the summer period towards the end of the course for submission in September.

    Assessment for options is by essay, examination or a combination of both.

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