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LLM Maritime Law (1 year)

The seas connect people and countries, enabling them to trade and develop. Ships carrying cargoes are worth millions of dollars and the cargo often even more. Delays, damages from collisions, grounding, pollution, negligence of the crew in the care of cargo and plunder by pirates are only some of the risks faced by those involved in maritime trading. The way the risk of loss and potential financial ruin is allocated among the parties depends on the legal arrangements in place and the statutory provisions applicable. Coastal states face degradation of the marine environment from shipping accidents or reckless operational practices. Maritime law deals with the commercial, regulatory, insurance and environmental aspects of trade. Furthermore it deals with the competition between states for marine living and non-living resources which create friction and possibly conflicts.

Introducing your degree

Maritime law is a complex and fascinating specialised area of law. It brings together many aspects of law (e.g. contract, tort, bailment, agency) together with a plethora of international conventions attempting to harmonise the legal arrangements between states in order to facilitate trade and reduce conflict. Taught by internationally renowned experts, the LLM Maritime Law develops the skillset required to advise, litigate and negotiate based on the rules of admiralty, international trade, marine insurance, carriage of goods by sea and air, ship sale, purchase and finance, marine environmental law, dispute resolution and the public international law of the sea. The Institute of Maritime Law, an integral part of the Southampton Law School and an internationally leading maritime law institute provides seminars and access to its specialised library in support of your dissertation. The LLM in Maritime Law is a challenging and prestigious qualification attracting ambitious lawyers from around the world who wish to specialise and engage with the shipping sector. A small number of seafarers, ship and yacht masters and shipping professionals enrich each year the student cohort bringing practical experience and a different perspective. The international character of the course is matched by the diverse origins of the lecturers forming a truly global community reflective of the major characteristic of shipping.

Overview

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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Key Facts

A world leading postgraduate qualification in maritime law.

Benefit from the expertise of our academic staff from the internationally-acclaimed Institute of Maritime Law.

Join an internationally orientated community of academic teachers and students.

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“The highlights of my time in Southampton included the warm, generous people my six year old son and I met and are still in contact with today.”

Andrea Christian - LLM Maritime Law

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

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.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

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).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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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:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou 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.
BooksWhere 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 copyingIn 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. https://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing

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.

Learning & Assessment

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