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Why study this course?

If you hold a Maritime Law Postgraduate Diploma, you too can sign up for our highly successful Maritime law (Top-Up) Distance Learning LLM course. It will greatly enhance your academic knowledge and career potential in the legal and maritime industry.

You can also study from your home or any location around the world with this online course. Meaning you won't have to be present on campus, and you can still attend to your other responsibilities and work commitments.

Our law courses are ranked ninth in the UK for teaching quality in the Guardian University Guide 2023.

You'll develop an advanced understanding of your chosen specialist area in maritime law with our LLM degree.

Focused on the shipping sector, this unique distance-learning programme will:

  • allow you to independently research and develop an expert understanding of an area of maritime law of your choice
  • improve both your research and independent study skills
  • enhance your ability to develop critical arguments

By researching your chosen area of maritime law, you'll be equipped with specialist skills and knowledge, to help you stand out in the job market.

Course modules

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2024/25 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules

LLM in Maritime Law Top-Up Dissertation

This module currently runs:
all year (September start)
spring semester

(core, 60 credits)

This module is a supervised research-based dissertation in a relevant subject of the student’s own choice, subject to the approval of the Course Directors.

The dissertation module comprises support and interactive ‘one to one’ supervision between students and supervisors. The minimal expectation for contact between student and supervisor is around 5 hours, but this can be greater depending on the individual dissertation and specific needs of the supervisor.

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Course details

You will be required to have:

  • passed the Maritime Law Postgraduate Diploma at one of the following institutions: London Metropolitan University, Lloyd’s Maritime Academy or World Maritime University.

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.

There will be an assessment through your research proposal and literature review.

Then, you'll move on to an assessment comprised entirely of the substantive research for the dissertation.

Your newly acquired knowledge and research skills will allow you to apply for legal practitioner and other related roles in the maritime sector's legal sphere.

Because the course encourages focus on one special area of research, our graduates have also been able to move into highly specialised positions within international trade and the maritime industry.

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.

If you require a Student visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.

When to apply

You are advised to apply 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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