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LLM Insurance Law (1 year)

Specialise in the complex and ever-evolving area of insurance law and learn from academics at the cutting edge of its development. This distinctive LLM, one of just a few of its kind in the UK, will open up a wealth of career options in the global insurance industry.

Introducing your course

An intriguing area of study with superb employment prospects, insurance law is a dynamic field that is continually developing in response to new legislation. The LLM Insurance Law is one of just a few masters degrees to offer a comprehensive understanding of this fascinating subject, taught by inspiring academics and informed by the latest research being conducted within the Law School’s prestigious Insurance Law Research Group. As well as studying insurance law and marine insurance law in depth, you’ll be able to tailor your course by choosing from a range of complementary modules that draw on our academics’ extensive expertise in areas such as maritime, company and intellectual property law. You can also choose a topic of interest for your dissertation that will showcase your skills and knowledge to potential recruiters. Part of a close-knit learning community, you’ll receive plenty of academic and career support to help you achieve your goals. Your specialist knowledge will give you the advantage when it comes to applying for jobs in the insurance sector, or you might opt to explore this rich area of law further at PhD level.

Overview

We welcome applications from recent law graduates, or from those with professional experience who are seeking to advance their career by gaining specialist knowledge.

View the programme specification for this course for 2017/18 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2018/19 entrants

Programme Structure

Course structure and content 

This course is offered on a full-time basis (one year) or part-time basis (two years). It comprises four modules (or the equivalent in modules and half modules) and a dissertation. 

You’ll begin by taking an intensive, week-long introductory course on common law, which ensures that students from different jurisdictions and countries understand the workings of this important legal system. 

You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the main principles and debates in insurance law by studying two compulsory modules. 

The Insurance Law module covers the fundamentals of insurance law, including topics such as the formation of the insurance contract, disclosure by the insured to the insurer at the point of making the contract, contract terms, insurable interests (the subject of the insurance), claims and insurance fraud. You’ll also look at specific forms of insurance, such as motor insurance, life insurance, liability insurance and consumer insurance. 

On the Marine Insurance module you’ll gain a more specialised understanding of the principles underpinning marine insurance contracts, looking at topics such as contract terms for hull and cargo insurance, marine liability insurance and marine insurance warranties, as well as exploring current areas of debate in marine insurance law in England and internationally. 

Personalise your degree 

You’ll have the freedom to tailor your course to suit your interests and career ambitions by choosing four modules (or the equivalent in half modules) from a wide range that reflects the Law School’s considerable research strengths. The options cover topics such as international trade law, intellectual property law, corporate governance, secured transactions. The range includes some modules you won’t find on other UK LLM courses, such as: 

  • Ship Finance, which covers the common loan and security structures employed in ship finance. It draws on foundational principles of contract and property and demonstrates how they are used within ship finance. 
  • Carriage by Air, which provides in-depth knowledge of the main contractual mechanisms and legal principles that regulate the use of aircraft in the international carriage of goods.
  • Law of Ship Sale and Purchase, which examines the English law of shipbuilding and ship sale and purchase contracts. It also deals with the most common practical issues encountered by lawyers who handle transactional work in the maritime business.

Joined-up course design

The optional modules are designed to complement the insurance-specific compulsory modules, helping you to put your insurance law studies into context. For example, to understand commercial insurance it is important to know about company law, or if you are interested in the insurance of marine cargo you’ll need to know the legal principles of carriage of goods by sea. This integrated course design means you’ll see the bigger picture and understand the interrelationship between different areas of law.

In-depth study

The dissertation is another opportunity to personalise your course, as you’ll be able to choose an aspect of insurance law that interests you for more in-depth study. You can select a topic that reflects your career interests, tailoring your research towards a particular sector or area of practice. You will receive support throughout the dissertation process from an experienced academic supervisor.

Research-led teaching

The Law School is a leading centre for insurance law nationally and worldwide. The insurance modules on this degree are taught by academics at the forefront of studies undertaken within the School’s Insurance Law Research Group, enabling them to bring the latest developments in the legal field to your learning. You’ll engage with exciting contemporary topics such as the insurance implications of driverless cars or war risk. Our research-active academics include: 

  • Programme leader Dr Johanna Hjalmarsson, whose research interests include insurance law, maritime and commercial law, and dispute resolution. Johanna studied fraudulent insurance claims under English law for her doctoral thesis.
  • Professor James Davey, who specialises in insurance and maritime law. He is widely published in leading law journals and has contributed to several books on maritime, consumer and corporate insurance law.
  • Dr Meixian Song, a specialist in maritime insurance law who studied the rules of causation in insurance law for her PhD (causation is a critical issue in ascertaining whether certain loss or damage is covered in an insurance policy).
     

Industry links 

Our academics’ strong links with law and insurance practitioners will enhance your learning.

  • Many of the modules feature industry guest speakers; recently these have included a senior insurance regulatory specialist who spoke on insurance and Brexit, and the technical director of AXA, who spoke about the implications of driverless cars for the insurance industry.
  • You’ll also be able to attend the Law School’s weekly maritime law seminars, which feature industry guest speakers. These often focus on insurance topics, with speakers from P&I (protection and indemnity insurance) clubs, for example.
  • The annual Insurance Law Moot is an opportunity to meet senior legal practitioners who participate as judges.
  • Leading law firms sponsor prizes for high-performing students, including monetary awards or invaluable work placement opportunities.
  • Law firms often approach us to recommend students for placement opportunities.

Insurance Law Moot 

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in the annual Insurance Law Moot, organised by the Law School, in which teams from different universities and institutions compete by presenting arguments on an insurance law topic. The contest is judged by practitioners including eminent barristers and QCs, so it’s a great way to make professional contacts while honing your research and advocacy skills.

The most recent moot looked at the implications of a new rule on late payment in relation to marine insurance; judges included Lady Justice Gloster, Peter MacDonald Eggers QC and Tony Baumgartner, Partner at Clyde & Co.

 

Key Facts

One of just a few specialist insurance law LLM programmes in the UK.


Study a fascinating subject with a wealth of career prospects in a large, global industry.

Gain a comprehensive understanding of insurance law, taught by academics at the forefront of developments in the field.

Course content is informed by studies taking place in the Law School’s prestigious Insurance Law Research Group.

Options include modules on ship finance, ship sale and purchase and carriage by air that are unique in the UK.
An intensive introductory course on common law provides the essential foundation for your studies.
Potential career paths include roles in insurance broking, insurance underwriting or claims management, or becoming a solicitor or barrister.
The 2014 Research Excellence Framework rated 100 per cent of our research as world leading or internationally excellent for the research environment we provide to staff and students.

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Postgraduate Scholarships

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

A 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.

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.

Pre-sessional courses

Our pre-sessional English language courses are the best way to prepare for study at the University of Southampton. The courses will improve your capability and confidence in using English language in your studies.

Pre-Masters (LLM) course

If you do not meet our entry requirements for direct entry to one of our MSc programmes, you could progress to one of them via the University's Pre-masters course

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

Modules

Typical course content

The Law School will offer a selection of the optional modules listed below.

Students are required to complete 180 CATS. 60 CATS are awarded for the LLM dissertation and another 60 CATS for the two compulsory/core modules Insurance Law and Marine insurance. Students are free to choose modules completing the final 60 CATS.

Year 1

To qualify for an LLM Insurance Law, students will also write a dissertation on any topic of insurance law.

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
LAWS6082Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
Compulsory
LAWS6065Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6099Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
Optional
LAWS6062Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6064Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6075Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6076Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6077Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6086Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6130Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LAWS6128Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LAWS6138Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LAWS6142Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
LAWS6082Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
Compulsory
LAWS6065Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6099Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
Optional
LAWS6062Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6064Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6075Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6076Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6077Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6086Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
LAWS6129Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LAWS6133Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LAWS6137Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LAWS6140Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

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

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
2019Full-time£9,250£18,104
2019Part-time£4,625£9,052
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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.

Career Opportunities

You’ll be able to take advantage of a range of careers events and workshops organised by the Law School’s dedicated careers coordinator and by the student-run law societies. These include:

  • the annual Law Careers Fair, which attracts more than 50 law firms and other companies
  • industry seminars presented by major law firms such as Mishcon de Reya and Clifford Chance
  • bespoke CV writing and job application workshops

The LLM Insurance Law will give you a career advantage by equipping you with specialist knowledge as well as exceptional research, critical analysis and communication skills. You could become a solicitor or barrister, or go into insurance broking, insurance underwriting or claims management, or join an insurance company’s in-house graduate scheme. 

Our graduates have gone on to work for: Zurich Insurance plc, Collegiate Management Services Ltd and private practices.

The degree is also excellent preparation for further research; many of our graduates have begun PhDs to continue their insurance law studies.

 

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

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