Why study this course?
Designed for professionals working in maritime and international trade sectors, you'll develop practical knowledge in how international sales contracts are made and enforced, plus how to advise on maritime claims.
These courses are taught online, so you have the freedom to learn from wherever you are in the world. We offer this programme as either an LLM (Master of Laws), postgraduate diploma or postgraduate certificate.
More about this course
These practical courses will teach you about the legal frameworks at the heart of shipping claims, trade disputes and commercial relationships. The aim is to give you a professional edge and help advance your career in the maritime industry.
Explore how marine disputes and liabilities are investigated and managed, as well as learning about the importance of English law in international trade.
You'll also scrutinise sale contracts on shipment terms, learn how to advise the buyer and seller on the merits of claims, and develop the professional grounding to apply this knowledge practically.
By the end of these courses, you'll be able to distinguish between the physical and documentary duties of the trade protagonists under a sale contract, and understand the role of the bill of lading in shipping, as well as the importance of drafting proper sale and carriage contracts.
Our courses are suitable if you're a legal practitioner in this industry, an academic, or if you're a non legal professional working in the shipping industry.
You'll be taught by lecturers who have backgrounds in both academia and legal practice, with experience of working as barristers or solicitors.
These courses are delivered online, so you can study from anywhere in the world.
It's also possible for you to study a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate version of this course. These qualifications do not hold the same academic weighting as a Master of Laws degree (LLM), but are still beneficial for people already working in the industry. If you'd like to know more about the PG Diploma and PG Certificate versions, please scroll to the ‘Other qualifications’ section of this page.
As part of the LLM dissertation, you'll be able to research and critically analyse an area of maritime law of your choice. The dissertation module is only available to LLM students.
If you choose to study the LLM, you'll be assessed through a combination of coursework essays, experiential projects and portfolio work, followed by a research dissertation or experiential work-based learning project.
If you choose to study the PG Dip or PG Cert, you'll be assessed through a combination of coursework essays, experiential projects and portfolio work.
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You'll be required to have:
- a minimum of a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as law, commercial law, business law, financial law, maritime law or maritime practice (or an equivalent international qualification).
- an IELTs score of 6.5 or above as a standard entry requirement for law courses.
If you have a degree outside of the subject areas listed above, you may still be considered. You will need to speak to a course leader, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for contact details.
For mature applicants without a degree, you may be considered on merit of 2+ years appropriate work experience and other professional development or professional qualifications.
Accreditation of Prior Learning
Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).
English language requirements
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. This course requires you to meet our higher requirements.
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
Example modules include:
- Dissertation (alternate core for LLM, 60 credits)
- Experiential Learning Project (alternate core for LLM, 60 credits)
- Research Methods for Lawyers (option, 20 credits)
- The English Legal System and Commercial Law (option, 20 credits)
- International Sale of Goods and Finance (option, 20 credits)
- Carriage of Goods by Sea (option, 20 credits)
- Admiralty Law and Marine Insurance (option, 20 credits)
- International Intellectual Property Law (option, 20 credits)
- Marine Dispute Management and Commercial Arbitration (option, 20 credits)
- Oil Pollution from Shipping (option, 20 credits)
Where this course can take you
These courses provide a stepping stone to career advancement within the maritime and international trade sectors. On successful completion of the course, you'll be able to advise on the intricacies of maritime claims and disputes.
If you complete the LLM qualification, you'll have a Master of Laws degree. The PG Dip and PG Cert are also postgraduate qualifications that will give you an insight into maritime and international trade law and can help you progress in this field professionally.
In addition to the Master of Laws (LLM) version of this course, you can also choose to study this topic as one of the below qualifications. Please note, these courses are shorter and do not hold as much academic weighting as a full LLM degree, but they are good for building on your existing knowledge.
You can study this course as a PG Cert, which is 60 credits out of the full 180 credits for the master’s degree.
As part of the PG Cert, you will need to choose/take three of the optional modules from the master’s degree.
The costs for the PG Cert qualification are as follows.
Home full-time: £4,500 per year
Overseas full-time: £4,500 per year
Home part-time: £2,250 per year
Overseas part-time: £2,250 per year
If studied full-time, this course takes one year to complete and if studied part-time, this course can take two to three years to complete.
It's also possible to study this course as a PG Dip, which is 120 credits out of the full 180 credits for the master’s degree.
You'll need to choose/take six of the optional modules from the master’s degree.
The costs for the PG Dip qualification are as follows.
Home full-time: £9,000 per year
Overseas full-time: £9,000 per year
Home part-time: £4,500 per year
Overseas part-time: £4,500 per year
If studied full-time, this course takes one year and if studied part-time, this course can take two to three years.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees. Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
How to apply
Use the apply button to begin your application for the Maritime Law LLM. Please note, the following PG Cert and PG Dip options are also available:
Apply for the PG Cert
Apply for the PG Dip
UK students: UK full-time PG Dip Jan entry / UK part-time PG Dip Jan entry / UK full-time PG Dip Sep entry / UK part-time PG Dip Sep entry.
Overseas students: Overseas full-time PG Dip Sep entry / Overseas part-time PG Dip Sep entry.
If you require a student visa and wish to study on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students.
When to apply
We advise applying as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.
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