Postgraduate Diploma in International Maritime Law

General information

This Postgraduate Diploma distance learning course is firmly established as a respected response to the growing demand for education in International Trade and Maritime Law within the shipping, trade and related industries.

English law is recognised internationally as a dominant legal system for maritime and trade contracts, with London as the single most important forum for settling disputes. The law will be studied in relation to how it is applied in practice, and the distance learning course brings together the intellectual rigour of academia with the experience of leading legal practitioners. This Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Law qualification will demonstrate your high level of understanding and knowledge of the most critical aspects of International Trade and Maritime Law.

This distance-learning course comprises an introductory module covering the key concepts in English law necessary to maritime law, with nine substantive modules and one specialist optional module. Each of the core and specialist modules gives a rigorous consideration to one aspect of maritime and international trade law. Successful completion of the course will entitle you to carry your Postgraduate Diploma credits onto a LLM course. Choice of specialist modules:

  • Ship finance law
  • Oil and chemical pollution
  • European Union competition law in relation to shipping
  • Government Influence/Intervention in International Trade

The renowned part-time distance learning Postgraduate Diploma from Lloyd’s Maritime Academy and the World Maritime University.  The programme develops leading knowledge and awareness of international trade and maritime law, increasing understanding of how commercial trade ventures may give rise to legal issues.

 With English law recognised internationally as a dominant legal system providing the basis for maritime and trade contracts, and with London as the single most important forum for settling disputes, both through court litigation and arbitration, this course approaches law in relation to how it is applied in practice.

Students may continue their studies to the degree of LL.M in International Maritime Law. The LL. M is offered in collaboration between Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, the World Maritime University.

Learning outcome:

By successfully completing this maritime law course you will be able to:

  • Understand the principles of International Trade and Maritime Law and the overall commercial context in which those principles operate,
  • Analyse practical problems raising legal issues,
  • Apply the relevant law to problems that arise in practice,
  • Negotiate a dispute settlement,
  • Develop the capacity for independent study,
  • Gain an internationally recognised qualification from a UK university.
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0421 - Marine and maritime law


Venue: Lloyd's Maritime Academy
London, United Kingdom

Distance Learning


Open from
1 Jan 2016 to 4 Nov 2016


Fees: £5595 / US$8695 - £5995 / US$9295

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.

Participants will be billed in either GBP or USD depending on the price option selected on the application form. A GBP invoice will include a EUR price calculated using the exchange rate in force on invoicing. 

Course fees are set for each intake, but we reserve the right to change the course fees at any time.

More information on the fee


Applicants should possess a first degree, a relevant professional qualification or have experience in the shipping industry.

Application Procedure:

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

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:

More information regarding fees & funding is available here.


Academic level:


The course is assessed by means of four pieces of written coursework (each worth 10%) and a final examination (worth 60%) consisting of two papers (one on the core modules, which is worth 50%, and one on the specialist module, which is worth 10%).

Qualification: Graduate Diploma
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