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M1M2 LLB (Hons) Maritime Law (3 years)

Our three year full-time LLB (Maritime Law), a new and unique programme providing an excellent foundation for a career in international maritime law, commerce and related industries, is a fully qualifying law degree. It is recognised by the Law Society and the Bar Council of England and Wales, and carries full exemption from the academic stage of legal education for the purposes of professional qualification. The programme is awaiting accreditation by the Singapore Bar Authorities.

The University of Southampton Law School has for many years specialised in the field of Maritime Law with its internationally-renowned Institute of Maritime Law, and is the research base of many of the leading maritime lawyers in the world. Southampton is a medieval city with a longstanding maritime heritage. It also has close train access to London’s Baltic Exchange, and the UK Supreme Court.


Introducing your degree

Find a legal specialism that sets you apart from all other law graduates and is also a qualifying law degree (QLD). You could begin an exciting and diverse career in maritime law, in a city that is key to the global maritime industry.

Possible professional avenues include working with those in the maritime industry to lobbying government or protecting our maritime interests or environment. You will learn from some of the leading world experts in the field of maritime law studies.


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Our LLB programs are formally accredited by the Law Society of England and Wales and the Bar Council of England and Wales as qualifying law degrees (QLD) for students wishing to undertake further professional training to become solicitors or barristers.

Institute of Maritime Law Practitioner Seminar Programme 

The Institute of Maritime Law runs a series of practitioner seminars where speakers from the City and beyond come to the university to discuss the maritime industry. The sessions are designed to complement your studies in maritime law by providing insight into the legal and commercial background of maritime law as applied in practice. The seminars are open to all students. There will also be an opportunity to raise questions with speakers at the end of each session. If you wish to join this course please enrol on Blackboard; the course name is "LAWSWEDSEMS". 

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Key Facts

Southampton Law School has many years specialised in the field of Maritime Law with its internationally renowned institute of Maritime Law.

Our Academic staff write many of the leading books and articles which define modern maritime law.

Southampton Law School is the research base of many of the world leading maritime lawyers.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
GCE A-levelAAA or for students taking the Extended Project Qualification in the same year as their A2 exams, AAB at A level plus A in the EPQ. Applicants should offer at least two traditional, academic subjects. Dance, General Studies, Photography, Moving Images, Physical Education, Practical Art, Practical Music, Sports Studies and Textiles are not accepted subjects.
International Baccalaureate36 points overall (18 at higher level). An equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University is considered, so please contact us if you require advice on equivalency. LNAT (Law National Admissions Test) is not required.  
English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will be required to pass an approved test prior to joining the University in October. The University’s English Language entry requirement for the Law School programme is;

An overall IELTS score of 6.5 with not less than 6.5 in each component, or equivalent

The link below takes you to a complete list of the other English language qualifications accepted.

Test results should be less than two years old at the time of expected registration at the University of Southampton and must be verified before admission.

If you do not meet the University’s English Language entry requirements for direct entry onto our programmes, you may be eligible to study on one of the University’s pre-sessional English language courses. For further information on these pre-sessional programmes, please visit the Centre for Language Studies website.

Selection process:

Entrance qualifications for this programme are the same as for all other LLB programmes

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.


Contextual Offers

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme

A typical contextual offer is AAB from three A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University (the excluded subjects above will still apply).

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.


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


Typical course content

The following modules are compulsory, core or optional for this course. Core modules are required to be passed within all Qualifying Law Degrees, for progression to professional training.

Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".

View the Curriculum Innovation modules for this course

Learn a language

Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

View the language modules on offer for this course

Year 1

Taught over both semesters

LAWS1012      Legal system and reasoning
LAWS1013      Constitutional and administrative law
LAWS1014      Criminal law
LAWS1015      Law of contract

Year 2

Taught over both semesters

LAWS2016      Equity and trusts law
LAWS2017      Law of the European Union
LAWS2018      Land law
LAWS2019      Law of torts

Year 3

Taught over both semesters

You will complete a supervised legal dissertation on an approved maritime law subject, as part of your Legal Research and Writing module.

Compulsory module

LAWS3052      Legal research and writing

You must choose at least two 15 ECTS (30 CATS) from the Maritime Law modules below:

Optional modules

LAWS3053      Admiralty law
LAWS3054      Carriage of goods by sea
LAWS3055      Commercial Conflicts of Laws and International Litigation
LAWS3056      International commercial sales

For the remaining 15 ECTS (30 CATS), you can choose from either the 15 ECTS (30 CATS) options above or the 15 ECTS (30 CATS) below or from the 7.5 ECTS (15 CATS) listed below as long as the options are equal across both your semesters.


LAWS3057      Company law 
LAWS3061      Family law 
LAWS3064      Intellectual property law
LAWS3065      International Protection of Human Rights  
LAWS3081      Law and the human body 
LAWS3088      Insurance contract law


Semester one

Optional half-year modules

LAWS3071      Renting homes: law & policy
LAWS3074      Penal policy
LAWS3083      Law and Society
LAWS3085      Health Care Law 1 
LAWS3089      Miscarriages of justice
LAWS3099      Constitutional Law of Canada
LAWS3101      International Criminal Law: Confronting History and Ourselves
LAWS3135      Crime and Punishment: Issues and Perspectives

Semester two

Optional half-year modules

LAWS3072      Youth justice
LAWS3091      Child support law
LAWS3094      Transitional Justice: Law, War & Crime
LAWS3098      Violence and Sex in Law Literature and Culture
LAWS3128      Politics and the Criminal Law
LAWS3133      Foundations in Cyber Security Law
LAWS3137      Equality at Work
LAWS3138      Theories of Law and Justice
LAWS3139      International Law: How the World is Governed

Only 1 non-Law module may be taken this year in either semester 1 or semester 2

Semester one


SOCI2003      Gender & Society
UOSM2004     Global Health
UOSM2010     Global Challenges
UOSM2015     Sustainability in the local and Global Environment
UOSM2022     Social Enterprise
UOSM2033     Living and Working on the Web
UOSM2034     Security, Emergencies and technologies of Control
UOSM2037     Women and Gender in the Arab and Muslim World

Semester two


Only 1 non-Law module may be taken this year in either semester 1 or semester 2

UOSM2001     Business Skills for Employability
UOSM2008     Living and Working on the Web
UOSM2009     Ethics in a Complex World
UOSM2011     The Management of Risk and Uncertainty
UOSM2018     Understanding Modern China
UOSM2024     The Arab World in and Beyond the Headlines
UOSM2027     Health Policy and Economics

Semester one or two

LANGXX15    Language Module

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

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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Scholarships, bursaries 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:

EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
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.
OtherSome modules may include optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.

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

Career Opportunities

A law degree can open many doors outside of the profession. About half of our law graduates seek careers in the legal profession, as solicitors or barristers after further study and training. The others enter careers in criminology, business, human resources, international relations, journalism or education - following postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience.

Our LLB programmes are formally accredited by the Law Society of England and Wales and the Bar Council of England and Wales as qualifying law degrees (QLD) for students wishing to undertake further professional training to become solicitors or barristers. They are also accredited for practice in many countries worldwide, including India, Australia, Canada and Malaysia.

Our international reputation is high among employers because of the emphasis placed on the development of academic, personal and professional skills.

Study Locations

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