LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law

General information

The LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in both Commercial and Maritime Law by choosing specialized modules from both areas of law.

The LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law course is built upon the wide range of research of high calibre produced by the members of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, who are also teaching diverse modules at the course. Teaching is research-led and practice-driven aiming at producing global graduates educated and equipped for distinguished personal and professional achievement. Teaching methods are geared towards our students’ needs, conducted mainly through seminars and tutorials in small classes.

The LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law requires commitment to study throughout one calendar year.Students are given the opportunity to develop a number of important skills which are not only essential to those wishing to become lawyers but are valuable, transferable skills in themselves in other employment contexts. The Shipping and Trade Law  Department offers its students dedicated resources, including IT facilities and teaching rooms. Students are fully supported by the College's dedicated Law Librarian and the Law Library holds an extensive selection of legal materials and on-line services such as Lexis and Westlaw. Students are encouraged to make full use of the facilities offered by the Postgraduate Faculty and, in particular, to take advantage of training sessions run by the Faculty, such as the legal research methods and Employability sessions, as well as of the Visiting Lectures’ series.

The course is modular, with students required to accumulate 180 credits to graduate. In appropriate circumstances, a student may graduate with a merit or distinction. Each programme is divided into two parts: Part I consists of 4 taught modules each weighted at 30 credits. Students pursuing the LLM in International Commercial and Maritime Law may choose any four options from the modules listed below (at least one module must be chosen from each column) .

Taught Modules
Choose at least one  Choose at least one 
Admiralty Law Competition Law
Carriage of Goods by Sea, Land and Air E-Commerce
Charterparties: Law and Practice International Corporate Law and Governance
Law of the Sea International Intellectual Property Law
Marine Insurance Law International Trade Law
Oil and Gas Law  Law of Intellectual Assets Management and Transactions
Independent Module Law of Intellectual Assets Management and Transactions

International Commercial Arbitration

Law and Practice relating to International Banking and Commercial Payments
Transnational Credit and Security

Part II is composed of two projects (LLM Research Projects) and is weighted at 60 credits. The LLM Research Projects will customarily be researched and written up over the summer period following the successful completion of the taught modules and is designed to enable LLM students to develop their research skills.

Learning outcome:

Careers & Employability. The International Careers Adviser at Swansea runs weekly emplyability workshops for international students. The Shipping and Trade Law Department also employs two dedicated LLM employability officers who run a series of talks to develop the skills of LLM students and inform their career plans.

The Department  also enjoys close links with many City law firms. For example, one of our professors on the LLM programme was a senior partner, and is now a consultant with, Ince & Co, a leading London law firm, specialising in international trade, insurance and shipping law. The IISTL provides training programmes for London City solicitors, P&I Clubs and shipping organisations. Many of our graduates secure employment shortly after completing their degrees. Several international firms keep a close relationship with the Shipping and Trade Law Department and regularly send representatives for guest lectures and graduate recruitment purposes. Also every year the  Department hosts the LLM Careers Fair which is attended by representatives from a wide range of local and international organisations. For further information on the Employability initiatives, please visit http://www.swansea.ac.uk/law/shipping-trade-law-department/llmemployabil...

Contact Person: Professor Baris Soyer (Taught Masters Admissions Tutor) (LLM@swansea.ac.uk)


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

0421 - Marine and maritime law", "0413 - Logistics and shipping operational management", "0311 - Maritime economy


Venue: Swansea University
Swansea, United Kingdom


Tuition Fees 2016/17 Full-time Part-time
UK/EU students £5.300 £1.750
International students £12.950 £4.300

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.


Degree Requirements 
A good initial degree in law or cognate discipline. Candidates with relevant experience are also encouraged to apply. We welcome applications by prospective students from around the world and look for evidence of previous study that is equivalent to the entry requirements stated above.

Language Requirements
If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 6.0 in each component) and TOEFL (with a score of at least 88 and at least Listening: 21, Reading: 22, Speaking: 23, Writing: 21).

Application Procedure:

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for one of the University's postgraduate programmes is via the online application form. However, if you prefer, you can request an application pack by post. Your application will be delayed if you do not submit the relevant supporting documents with your application form:

  1. Certificates and transcripts.
  2. If your qualification is pending, then please upload a transcript or list of the modules you have taken to-date.
  3. English Language test certificates (i.e IELTS/TOEFL) if appropriate.
  4. A personal statement.
  5. Two academic or work- related referees. If you hold open references, then please upload them with your application. Alternatively please ask your referees to send their letters of support direct to the Admissions Office.
  6. If you do not hold a bachelor-equivalent qualification and wish to be considered for a postgraduate programme under our non-graduate admissions policy then you should upload a work experience C.V./resume with your application. The C.V should include dates of employment, job titles, employment hours, and the nature of your responsibilities /duties. 

Application Deadlines: there are no formal deadlines. As a general rule, you are recommended to submit your application as soon as possible. 

Grant Opportunities:

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

The College of Law and Criminology and the International Development Office (IDO) offer a wide range of scholarships to prospective LLM students.

For Home and EU applicants, please see http://www.swansea.ac.uk/law/shipping-trade-law-department/tuitionfeesan...

For non EU applicants, please see http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/fees-and-funding/pg_scho...

The College of Law and the International Development Office offer a wide range of scholarships to prospective LLM students:


Academic level: Master


All LLM modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, with an equal weighting of 50% normally given to each component in the final total assessment.

Qualification: Master of Law

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