The LLM Maritime law is a modular programme which permits you to select four maritime or commercial modules thus tailoring the content of the degree to reflect your strengths, interests and ambitions. Whether you wish to focus on commercial liabilities (“dry shipping”), the liabilities arising from the ship’s operation (“wet shipping”), or issues concerning the resolution of international disputes, environmental issues, or learn the legal complexities of who and what governs the oceans, you will find a module which reflects your interests. The modules are taught by enthusiastic academics at the cutting edge of law reform dedicated to their subjects and proud to be part of a team that has been delivering this successful programme for several decades.
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Typical entry requirements
An Upper Second Class Bachelors Degree in Law (or a degree with a substantial legal component) is normally required, but account may also be taken of practical work experience or professional qualifications within the relevant field of study. We welcome applications from international students. Mature applicants without formal qualifications but relevant work experience are also encouraged to apply. Access to the internet, Word Processor (MS Word compatible) and an email address are also required; webcams desirable.
Progression to this MSc programme
You are able to progress to this MSC programme via the University's Pre-Masters programme.
If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Full details can be found in the University’s Policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning.
English language requirements
In accordance with University regulations, applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of competency in English by offering one of the recognised tests in English. Alternatively, you should supply evidence that you have undertaken formal study in English at an institution that teaches award-bearing programmes in English.
The following test scores are accepted for direct entry:
IELTS 7.0 with 6.0 in each component
For a full list of English language tests accepted please see here
A score of IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in each component together with satisfactory completion of the six week LLM Pre-sessional programme on English legal language and skills will be accepted.
Please see here for more information about the LLM Pre-sessional.
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Typical course content
Students are required to complete 180 CATS. 60 CATS is awarded for the LLM dissertation. Students are therefore free to choose modules in total completing 120 CATS. For instance, a student who selects 4 modules of 30 CATS will complete the required taught modules.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).
Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
|Stationery||You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g.
pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be
specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.|
|Books||Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on
the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer
to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The
library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to
purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit
from the additional reading materials for the module.|
|Printing and copying||In most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student.
The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student.
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.