Maritime Law - LLM

General information

This maritime LLM Top up route allows students who have passed the Lloyd’s Maritime Academy and London Metropolitan University Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Law distance learning course to obtain a master's qualification. The LLM enables you to develop an advanced understanding of a specialist area of maritime law. It is suitable for those in both the legal and maritime industry who are looking to enhance their career prospects. The LLM in Maritime Law (Top up) consists of:

  • A research-based module with two assessments (20 credits)
  • A dissertation (60 credits)

Having successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Law, you will already be knowledgeable about the many benefits of studying by distance learning. Just one example is the ability to set your own study schedule – an undoubtedly excellent means to undertake a Masters qualification where other commitments frequently prevent full or part-time study. 

LLM top up programme consists of:

- Researching Business Law Module: providing an introduction to legal research and the writing of legally researched papers. Assessed by two coursework components:a literature review and a research proposal.

- Dissertation: your opportunity to do a major, extended piece of research on a maritime law topic of your choice. The dissertation should aim to suggest a new way of thinking about and/or improved understanding of the topic you have researched.

Learning outcome:

On successful completion of the programme, students will have:

  • The ability to analyse academic issues of law at postgraduate level and to be able to develop a discursive critical analysis of such issues
  • The ability to develop critical discussion of a postgraduate nature that is sound and valid; i.e. so that it is methodologically “self-aware”
  • A capacity for independent research that is expected of postgraduate students
Contact Person: Hannah Osborne (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0312 - Policy and governance", "0421 - Marine and maritime law


Venue: Lloyd's Maritime Academy
London, United Kingdom

Distance Learning


  •  Book on or before 29th July 2016: £4395 / $6150 (VAT Exempt)
  •  Book after 29th July 2016: £4795 / $6710 (VAT Exempt)

There is an application fee of £400/US$560 which is due as part of the application process. If your application is successful, this fee will be deducted from the full tuition fee. Should your application for admission to the course be unsuccessful, your application fee will be refunded.

  • Postgraduate Diploma in International Maritime Law from the World Maritime University, London Metropolitan University or other recognised University or
  • A first degree in law (or a degree with substantial law content) and have  substantial related work experience

Competence in English: Where English is a second language you will be required to show evidence of ability by an internationally acceptable examination in English, or that a prior degree has been studied in English. Students who do not have a suitable test of English may be admitted on a probationary basis and allowed to proceed if their first piece of assessed work demonstrates that their language skills are sufficient.

Application Procedure:

To apply use the online application form at the website of Lloyd's Maritime Academy. 

Application Deadline: There is no official closing date for this course, but you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only consider your application if there are places available on the course.

Grant Opportunities:

Employer sponsorship: Many companies fully or partly sponsor their employees for our courses and actively encourage personal development in line with company priorities. 

Marine Society: The Marine Society is the leading and most experienced not for profit organisation supporting the wellbeing, personal and professional development of seafarers and shore-based maritime professionals. Scholarships as well as interest-free loans may be offered to UK seafarers (officers and ratings domiciled in the UK) to undertake this course. Contact The Marine Society for more information:


Academic level: Master


Your performance is assessed by means of:

  • Two pieces of written coursework for the module (together worth 25%)
  • A dissertation (worth 75%)

Qualification: Master of Law

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