LLM in International Maritime Law

General information

The sea constitutes two-thirds of the entire planet and is of fundamental importance to human activity, sustaining life, providing commerce and navigational routes and a substantial proportion of our natural resources. Taking into account the need to regulate such a wide range of sea-related transactions, this specialized LLM in International Maritime Law has been developed with a view to providing students with a sound and relevant body of information and understanding of Shipping Law. The course focuses on various aspects of maritime law, from the different contracts for the carriage of goods to marine insurance, international trade and law of the sea. 

Swansea University has been at the forefront of international research in the area of international maritime law. The LLM in International Maritime Law course is thereby built upon the wide range of high calibre research produced by the members of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, who are also teaching at the LLM in International Maritime law. 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 the students’ needs, conducted mainly through seminars and tutorials in small classes.


The LLM in International 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 Department of Shipping and Trade Law offers its postgraduate 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 undertaking an LLM in International Maritime Law are required to take four modules from the following list. 

Taught Modules
Choose at least two Independent Modules
Admiralty Law E-Commerce
Carriage of Goods by Sea, Land and Air
Charterparties: Law and Practice International Litigation and Arbitration
Law of the Sea
Marine Insurance Law International Trade Law
Oil and Gas Law 

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 employability workshops. 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 ISTLprovides training programmes for London City solicitors, P & I Clubs and shipping organisations. The Swansea LLM is well known internationally. Many of our graduates secure employment shortly after completing their degrees. Several international firms keep a close relationship with the Department of Shipping and Trade Law 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. The Fair enables our LLM students to meet and talk face to face with prospective employers. For further information on the Employability initiatives, please visithttp://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", "0312 - Policy and governance", "0031 - Project management


Venue: Swansea University
Swansea, United Kingdom


Tuition Fees 2015/16 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 
The entry requirements for the LLM in International Maritime Law is 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.

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 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. The four taught modules are drawn from the lists set in the Course Description. Module choices will depend on the precise specialist degree the student wishes to study for.

Qualification: Master of Law

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